Clemson Improves to Second after Two Rounds of Florida State Match-Up
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Ashlan Ramsey shot a career best tying four-under-par 68 and Lauren Salazar added an even-par 72 to lead Clemson to a 292 team score on Saturday afternoon at the Florida State Match-Up at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, FL.
Clemson's 292 score was the best of the day in the 11-team field. Coach J.T. Horton's team finished strong by scoring three-under-par over the last three holes and closed to within three shots of South Carolina entering Sunday's final round.
The Gamecocks stand at 10-over-par 586, while Clemson is at 13-over-par 589 through 36 holes. Host school Florida State is third at 16-over-par 592, while Virginia is fourth at 18 over par 594. Texas A&M is fifth at 24-over par 600, meaning each of the top five schools are from the ACC or the SEC.
Ramsey is tied for second place in the individual race at two-under-par 142 with South Carolina's Sarah Schmelzer for her 36 holes. Matilda Castren of Florida State has the individual lead at eight-under-par 136.
Ramsey's second round included six birdies and two bogeys as she had nine-hole scores of 35-33. She birdied the 15th and 16th holes coming in to finish strong. It was Ramsey's 10th under-par round and sixth score in the 60s out of 14 rounds this year.
Salazar's even-par 72 included three birdies and three bogeys. The red-shirt freshman from California started with a pair of bogeys then finished two-under-par for the final 16 holes. She also finished strong with birdies on the 16th and 18th holes. Salazar stands in a tie for 10th place through two rounds.
McKenzie Talbert is Clemson's second best player for the tournament with rounds of 72-75. Her 147 total is good enough for seventh place. She made a birdie on the par five 16th hole on her way in.
Sloan Shanahan stands in 23rd place after rounds of 74-77. She had a strong 35 on the front nine on Saturday, but slipped to a 42 in the second nine. Jessica Hoang had her second consecutive round of 80. Taylor Ramsey, playing as an individual, had her second straight round of 79.