CHARLESTON, S.C. - The University of Richmond women's golf team carded the two best rounds in school history on Monday at the Wendy's Invitational, running out to a 10 stroke lead over the 13-team field. Richmond will be looking for its second team title in school history on Tuesday, with the Spiders' previous tournament win coming at the 2004 Yale Fall Intercollegiate.
"I'm really proud of the team for their record-breaking performance today," Spider head coach Maggie Will said. "We're looking forward to tomorrow."
In the first round on Monday, the Spiders shot a school record round of 293 (+5). Then in the afternoon, the team came back to card a 294 (+6) to post a 36-hole team score of 587 (+11) and storm out to the lead.
Leading the way for the Spiders on Monday at the Wendy's Invitational were seniors Tracy Martin and Courtney Rousse. Both Rousse and Martin are tied for 3rd overall with scores of 143 (-1), just one stroke behind the co-leaders. Rousse and Martin's totals are tied for the second best 36-hole scores in school history.
Martin got off to a great start, carding a first round 70 (-2) - a total that ties her for the third best 18-hole score in program history. Martin then followed that effort with a 73 (+1) in the second round. Rousse had her best day as a Spider on Monday, setting personal bests in each round. Rousse shot a first round 72 (E), before breaking par for the first time in her career with a second round 71 (-1).
Junior Viviana Perez also had a great day for Richmond, ending the first two rounds in a tie for 12th place with a total of 151 (+7). Perez carded rounds of 76-75, with her second round 75 (+3) tying her career best.
Both senior Caroline Lovette and junior Lauren Conder are tied for 17th heading into Tuesday's third and final round with scores of 152 (+8). Lovette had rounds of 77-75, while Conder posted scores of 75-77. Playing as an individual, junior Krystin Schwarze sits in 65th with a total of 166 (+22).
The Richmond women's golf team will look to capture its second team title in school history on Tuesday when the squad will play the third and final round of the Wendy's Invitational.
Rivertowne Country Club - Par 72
Second Round Team Standings
1. Richmond 587 (+11)
2. Charleston Southern 597 (+21)
3. Wofford 604 (+28)
4. Appalachian State 607 (+31)
5. Armstrong Atlantic 610 (+34)
**Playing as an individual