GREENSBORO, N.C. – After 36 holes of play, UNCG sophomore golfer Sammie Buchanan (Bluffton, S.C./Bluffton) leads a field of 190 golfers by two strokes at the 54-hole Kiawah Invitational Monday. Buchanan and the Spartans are in 26th place overall in the highly competitive 36-field event that takes places on two different courses, the Oak Point Golf Club and the Cougar Point Golf Club hosted by the College of Charleston.
Buchanan followed her 2-under par 70 score in round one with an even-par 72 in round two, playing on the Cougar Point Golf Course. She was consistent for the second straight day as she notched 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey to card the third lowest score of the day. She holds a two-stroke lead on Anna Kim of St. John’s who sits at even-par 144 (69-75) while two other golfers are tied for third at 1-over par 145.
Buchanan and the Spartans will play the Oak Point Golf Course for the second time Tuesday morning with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start. The top 19 teams after 36 holes will play round three on the Cougar Point course while teams 20-36 will play at Oak Point. Buchanan is the only player in the top 25 that will be playing on the Oak Point course.
Junior Berglind Bjornsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland/Menntaskolinn I Reykjavik) is tied for 78th overall with a 36-hole score of 158. Bjornsdottir opened the tournament with a 2-over par 74 but fell to a 12-over par 84 in day two. Freshman Kristin Powers (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) was the third top scorer for UNCG with a two-round total of 170.
UNCG sits in 26th place with a score of 648 (312-336). Kent State leads the team portion with an 18-over par 594 (292-302) while High Point is second with a 23-over par 599 (300-299).