TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- Mississippi State's women's golf team fired a spring-best 301 in the second round of the SEC Championship on Saturday. Every squad member set or tied her low single-round performance for the spring, while junior Mallory Batson and senior Leigh Phillips each recorded their lowest two-round totals of the 2009-10 season.
Junior Erika Thornton leads the Lady Bulldogs for the second-straight day after firing a 75 in today's round, standing tied for 40th overall at 151. Batson's total stands at 152 after today's team-best 74-stroke performance as she is currently tied for 46th individually. Phillips' season-low two-round total is 153, as she complete round two in 77 strokes to stand tied for 51st. Senior Gina Sharp fired a 76 and stands at 155, while sophomore Perry Katherine Furr fired a 76 and stands with a 158 total.
Hosting the event, 7th-ranked Alabama is tied with 24th-ranked Vanderbilt for the lead at 11-under-par heading into tomorrow's final round. 32nd-ranked Arkansas finds itself three strokes back and in third place, 16th-ranked Georgia stands fourth at 571 and 19th-ranked LSU round out the tournament top five after round two. Vanderbilt's Marina Alex and Georgia's Marta Silva Zamora are atop the individual leaderboard at 8-under-par.
Mississippi State will begin Sunday's final-round play at 8:30 a.m. CT.
RESULTS THROUGH ROUND TWO - SEC Championship
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - 04/17/10
t1. Alabama (287-278=565, -11), t1. Vanderbilt (284-281=565, -11), 3. Arkansas (280-288=568, -8), 4. Georgia (280-291=571, -5), 5. LSU (284-290=574, -2), 6. Auburn (289-288=577, +1), 7. South Carolina (289-290=579, +3), 8. Ole Miss (284-298=582, +6), 9. Tennessee (298-291=589, +13), t10. Florida (298-300=598, +22), t10. Kentucky (302-296=598, +22), 12. Mississippi State (309-301=610, +34)
MSU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T40. Erika Thornton (76-75=151, +7)
T44. Mallory Batson (78-74=152, +8)
T51. Leigh Phillips (76-77=153, +9)
56. Gina Sharp (79-76=155, +11)
58. Perry Katherine Furr (82-76=158, +14)