Henderson fires record 68 as CCU one shot out of first

Coastal Carolina’s Brittany Henderson birdied her final three holes of the day, shooting a 4-under 68 to tie the Big South Conference Women’s Golf Championship all-time low round on day two of the championship to lead Coastal within a stroke of first place at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor.

Henderson’s career–low round, coupled with her first-round 75, moves her into the tournament lead at 1-under as the only player below par after 36 holes. The junior ties fellow Chanticleer Anna Maness, who shot a 68 over the final round of the 2006 Big South Championship on her way to winning individual medalist honors, as the only two golfers in conference history to card a 4-under 68 during the championship.  Additionally, Henderson is only the fourth Chanticleer to record a round of 68, joining Maness (2006), Aruka Felgueroso (2007, 2010) and current teammate Jessica Alexander (2010).

Campbell (294-300) continues to lead the championship as the Fighting Camels fired a 12-over 300 on the day to stand 18-over through 36 holes. The second-place Chanticleers shaved a stroke off their first round score of 298, carding a 9-over 297 to move within easy striking distance Campbell. Host Gardner-Webb (307-304) sits third after two rounds at 35-over par.

Henderson bookended her front nine with bogeys but birdies on the second and seventh hole sent the Smiths Falls, Ontario, native to the 10th tee box at even-par. She the carded three straight pars before sinking a birdie putt on the par-5 13th. Two more pars followed before Henderson closed the round with three consecutive birdies to take the tournament lead into the final round. Additionally, she leads the field with eight birdies and in par-4 scoring at 2-over.

Freshman Frida Castillo also carded a career day with an even-par 72 to move from 10th (tied) to fourth on the leaderboard. Castillo made the turn at 1-under thanks to a pair of birdies against a single bogey. She then recorded three bogeys and four pars over her next seven holes before carding the tournament’s third eagle on 18.

Alexander got off to a tough start with a bogey on the second hole followed by a double bogey on the third but would record eight pars and two birdies over her next 16 holes. However, four consecutive bogeys on the ninth through 12th holes and another on the 14th left the 2011 Big South medalist 6-over. She is tied for 7th (73-78=151).

Kaitlin Higginbotham (74-79=153) sits tied for ninth after posting a 79 on the day. Higginbotham started the day with a birdie followed by a trio of pars; however, she would play her next seven holes 7-over. The senior responded with six pars before a bogey on 18 pushed her to the plus-7 score.

Eugenia Guerra shaved three strokes off her first round score to shoot an 81. The junior is tied for 40th.

Big South Conference Championship

1.      Campbell                           294     300       594         +18
2.      Coastal Carolina               298     297       595         +19
3.      Gardner-Webb                 307     304       611         +35
4.      Winthrop                           313     306       619         +43
5.      Radford                              310     314       624         +48

6.      Charleston Southern       321     309       630         +54
t-7.    Bucknell                             320     311       631         +55
t-7.    High Point                          314     317       631         +55
9.      Holy Cross                         395     382       777         +201

Coastal Carolina Scorers
1.       Brittany Henderson         75       68         143         -1
4.       Frida Castillo                     73       72         145         +1
t-7.    Jessica Alexander            73       78         151         +7
t-9.    Kaitlin Higginbotham       74       79         153         +9
t-40.  Eugenia Guerra                84       81         165         +21

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