Henderson, Schaeffner put CCU atop BSC leaderboard

Coastal Carolina’s Brittany Henderson and Lena Schaeffner are the co-leaders of the 2013 Big South Championship after two rounds of play at the par-72, 6,083-yard The Patriot Club at Grand Harbor course.

The Chanticleers hold a one-stroke lead over Campbell on the team leaderboard with two-day 588 total entering Tuesday’s final round.

Henderson fired the low round of the day as she carded a 1-under 71. Coupled with her first-round 73, the senior moved into a tie with Schaeffner on the individual leaderboard with a 36-hole tally of 144 (E). Henderson used a birdie on the par-3 fourth hole to make the turn at 1-under. She picked up another birdie on the par-5 13th to stand at 2-under. However, she bogeyed her next hole before finishing out her round with pars. The 1-under round is the second in Henderson’s career at the Big South Championship, she also shot a 71 over the final round of the 2012 championship.

Schaeffner, a freshman, continued to put together the best tournament of her young career with a 1-over 73.  After leading the tournament field with a 71 on Sunday, Schaeffner has a career-best 36-hole score of even-par 144. The Rettigheim, Germany, native started the day with three pars before stumbling with back-to-back bogeys on three and four. She regained her composure to card 13 straight pars before closing her round with a birdie on the par-5, 465-yard 18. She currently co-leads the tournament in par-4 scoring at even-par and total pars with 28.

Senior Jessica Alexander (72-78=150) is tied for sixth in the 45-competitor field after posting a 6-over 78. Alexander carded a birdie on the round, but was hindered by a pair of double-bogeys. Frida Castillo (76-75=151) jumped two spots up the leaderboard and is currently tied for eighth. Castillo shot a 3-over 75 on the day. She was 4-over through her front nine, but used birdies on 12, 13 and 15 to play the back nine 1-under.

Marissa Hinchman, a freshman, shot a 3-over 77 on the day and is tied for 12th with a 9-over 153 (76-77) 36-hole score. Hinchman carded two birdies and 11 pars on the round, but was hampered by four bogeys and a triple-bogey on six.

Coastal (292-296=588) surrendered four strokes to Campbell (297-292=589) over the second round of play, but the Chants continue to lead the Fighting Camels one stroke with 18 holes to play. Gardner-Webb (306-310=616) is third on the team leaderboard followed by Charleston Southern (315-305=620). Longwood (315-306=621) is fifth followed by High Point (321-307=628), Radford (315-316=631), Presbyterian College (313-322=635) and Winthrop (315-321=636).

The tournament concludes with a final 18 holes on Tuesday. The championships team will receive the Big South’s automatic bid to an NCAA Regional.

* Coastal Carolina golfers Brittany Henderson, Jessica Alexander, Marissa Hinchman and Lena Schaeffner have been voted All-Big South by the league’s coaches. Additionally, Henderson was named the Big South Golfer and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The announcement was made at the annual awards banquet that followed Monday’s second round of play at the 2013 Big South Championship, held at The Patriot Club at Grand Harbor.

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