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Eagles Take Large Lead in ODAC Championship

Eagles Take Large Lead in ODAC Championship

NELLYSFORD, Va. - Round two of the ODAC women's golf championship was completed at Wintergreen today, and the Eagles fought through driving rain, wind, and temperatures in the low 40s to more than double their lead over second-place Washington & Lee.

A team score of 332 today widens the gap between the teams to 34 shots with one round to play, and Christina Herbert maintained her seven shot lead in the individual race.

"It was pretty miserable out there today, but I applaud our athletes for keeping their focus and continuing to play for every shot they could get," said head coach John Rogers. "Golf is hard enough when you can feel your fingers and toes, and it gets really tedious dealing with umbrellas, towels, and all the other rain gear, but they played like it was any other day."

Danielle Cook and Amanda Kelley led the way for the Eagles by improving on their first-round scores despite the playing conditions. Cook shot 82 after a solid 40 on the Monacan nine, and moved into fourth place overall. Kelley bounced back from a double bogey and a triple bogey early in her round and led the team on the Tuckahoe nine, shooting an impressive 37, just one over par. The effort put Kelley, who has played very well over the past month, in fifth place.

"The score on my back nine sort of snuck up on me because I was just focusing on one hole at a time," said Kelley. "Despite the weather conditions, I felt like I played some of my best golf."

Herbert started the day with a seven shot lead over Mary-Frances Hall of W&L, and the two players tied for the low round of the day with a pair of 78s. They remain in in first and second place.

Casey Gaffney made some long putts in the second round and continued her steady play, posting an 88 that leaves her in seventh place.

"It's amazing how far Casey has come along - she's 25 strokes better than she was a year ago on the same course, in the same tournament. It's great to see, and it has been crucial for the team effort," said Rogers of the junior from Chesterfield.

Playing in the fifth spot, freshman Jesse Bartley shot a 94. The second round was actually started on Sunday in anticipation of the poor weather, and Jesse was only 3-over par through the six holes she played yesterday before the rain arrived.

Playing as an individual Meghan Morris completed steady rounds of 126 and 127 on the first two days, seven shots better than her performance last year.

The Eagles are scheduled to play the final round on Tuesday and will attempt to claim their second straight ODAC title. "I can't express what a great showing this has been so far," said Rogers. "A year ago we were a top-15 team in the country and had great weather, and yet the ladies this year are a stroke ahead of last year's pace and have a much larger lead through two rounds. It has been an impressive effort so far."

The weather forecast is for continued rain throughout Tuesday, but play is scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m.