NINETY SIX, S.C. – Gardner-Webb shot one of its best postseason rounds ever Tuesday, moving into second place at the 2017 Big South Women's Golf Championship with a 285.
The Runnin' Bulldogs were 13 strokes below their Monday team score, as all four of the five golfers on the course finished at par or better. Gardner-Webb (298-285-583) is seven strokes in front of a third-place tie between Presbyterian and High Point.
Campbell continued a strong tournament showing, shooting a 280 on Tuesday to extend its overall lead to 14 strokes (289-280-569)
Veterans Taylor Dodson and Sarah Bertram led the way on Tuesday for Gardner-Webb, with Dodson catching fire early and continuing a strong round by shooting a 70 on the 6,045 Patriot Championship Course at Grand Harbor.
The Aiken, S.C., senior started well on Tuesday. She shot par on each of the first three holes, then holed out birdies on four of her final six holes on the front nine to take the turn at 4-under par (32). After three bogeys on the first five holes of the back nine, Dodson rallied to shoot par on three-straight holes – before carding a birdie on the 18th to finish at 2-under par.
Bertram was strong early as well, shooting a 1-under par score of 71 on Tuesday. She posted a pair of birdies on her first eight holes – No. 4 and No. 8. – and finished with a 35 on the front nine.
The senior standout worked out of potential big trouble on a difficult 10th hole to salvage a bogey and, after a bogey on the 11th, played 2-under par the rest of the way. Bertram birdied the 13th and sank a very impressive, long putt on the 16th for a birdie.
Bertram (78-71-149) moved into 17th position after her Tuesday rally, just three strokes behind the tie for seventh with her three teammates.
Chandler had a pair of birdies in her final four holes on the front nine to overcome a pair of early bogeys and birdied the 12th hole to offset a bogey on the 11th. She played even par over the final six holes of the day to remain in the tie with Dodson and Sangkapong.
Sangkapong played even for much of the front nine, overcoming a double bogey on the fifth hole by rebounding to birdie No. 6 – going into the turn at one over par. After a bogey on the 10th – the course's third-toughest hole on Tuesday – she shot par from the 11th through the 15th.
Sangkapong then came alive, putting her approach just three feet from the pin on the 16th and sinking the putt for a birdie. She followed with another birdie putt on the 17th to power a 35 on the back nine.
Redshirt junior Julia Henderson (74-76-150) battled well throughout the day and finished in a tie for 18th to round out Gardner-Webb's effort.
The Runnin' Bulldogs are the only team in the field to put all five golfers inside the top-20 heading into Wednesday's final round.
Gardner-Webb will be paired with Campbell and Presbyterian on Wednesday. teeing off on the first hole beginning at 8:50 am. Individual tee times are: Henderson (8:50), Bertram (9:00), Sangkapong (9:10), Chandler (9:20) and Dodson (9:30).