DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One round remains at the 2012 LPGA Xavier Collegiate Invitational at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. and the FGCU women’s golf team sits in first place in the 14-team field. Sophomore Georgia Price (Winchester, England/Fort Myers HS) will lead the Eagles into Sunday’s finale, sitting in a tie for first place overall.
The Eagles opened the event with a team score of 310 in Friday’s first round of play to sit alone in first place overall. The Green and Blue made a two-stroke improvement (308) on Saturday morning, extending their lead to two shots (310-308/618). FGCU sits two strokes better than second place Old Dominion (312-308/620) and 10 strokes ahead of third place Mercer (312-316/628).
With an opening round 2-over par 74, Price sat in third on the 75-player leaderboard entering the second round. The sophomore fired a second round 74 on Saturday to move into a two-way tie for first place with a 74-74/148.
Freshman Sara Detlefsen (Eagan, Minn./Minnesota Virtual Academy HS) and redshirt freshman Kristin Swindell (Bradenton, Fla./Braden River HS) supplied counting scores of 75 and 81, respectively, in the second round of play. Following an opening round 80, Swindell’s five shot improvement on Saturday placed her in a split for seventh with an 80-75/155, while Detlefsen also climbed into a tie for 15th with a scorecard of 76-81/157.
Freshman Mei Khuan Yong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/S.M.K. Cochrane) followed her first round 80 with a 6-over 78 to move up five spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 18th place.
Rounding out the Eagles scorecard was freshman Rebecca Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./JW Mitchell HS), who carded a 17-over 89 to finish the second round in 67th place.
The final round of the LPGA Invitational is set to begin Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Results and a tournament recap will be available at FGCUAthletics.com at the conclusion of the event.
FGCU Results (1st; 310-308=618)
1. Georgia Price – 74-74/148 (+4)
T-7. Kristin Swindell – 80-75/155 (+11)
T-15. Sara Detlefsen – 76-81/157 (+13)
T-18. Mei Khuan Yong – 80-78/158 (+14)
67. Rebecca Van Etten – 91-89/180 (+36)
LPGA International Course
Round: 2 | Par-Yardage: 72-6178
Teams Scores (14)
1. FGCU, 310-308/618 (+42)
2. Old Dominion, 312-308/620 (+44)
3. Mercer, 312-316/628 (+52)
4. Stetson, 320-311/631 (+55)
5. Bethune-Cookman, 315-317/632 (+56)
5. McNeese State, 318-314/632 (+56)
7. North Florida, 317-316/633 (+57)
8. Xavier, 311-325/636 (+60)
9. Daytona St. College, 316-321/637 (+61)
10. ULM, 324-317/641 (+65)
11. UAB, 329-337/666 (+90)
12. South Dakota State, 341-339/680 (+104)
13. North Dakota, 354-347/701 (+125)
14. Northern Kentucky, 347-359/706 (+130)