HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS – Another round of 75 by Britta Bernth has the Florida Southern sophomore in third place in the player standings, and a 76 from Emily Rymer helped the Moccasins remain in sixth place in the team standings after two rounds of the Bearcat Spring Classic at the Mission Inn Resort. Meanwhile, Kit Creighton's second-round score of 76 moved her into the top position among the 12 players competing as individuals.
Bernth continued her recent surge on Saturday as the sophomore from Greenville, Michigan picked up three birdies, including one on her final hole of the day that got her within five strokes of the lead. It gave her a 75 for the second day in a row and a 150 overall. She trails Emily Goldstein of Memphis and Danielle Lemek of Bradley going into Sunday's final round, with Lemek shooting a 73 on Saturday to erase Goldstein's earlier 2-stroke lead. Bernth is tied for third with Jacksonville's Sabrina Rumbaugh and Seminole State's Sydney Legacy. Rumbaugh had the best round for any golfer so far in the tournament with her second-round 69.
Rymer knocked two strokes off her score from Friday with a second-round 76, moving the senior from nearby Orlando into a tie for 15th place at 154. She matched Bernth with three birdies on Saturday, a number topped by only three golfers in the field. The Moccasins also got a 79 from junior Colleen Panosian (Smyrna, Ga.) and an 81 from freshman Abbey Williams (Marietta, Ga.) to give them a team score of 311 in round two. That was three strokes better than what they posted in round one. Redshirt junior Emma Marlatt (Chapel Hill, N.C.) had an 89.
Though playing strictly as an individual Creighton has made her presence felt too, and her second-round 76 is the best turned in over the last two days by any of the 12 such players in the tournament. Now with a 158 over two days, the junior from Buffalo is tied for 30th place overall.
The 311 kept Florida Southern in sixth place, still only two shots behind host University of Cincinnati and a top-five finish in the 17-team tournament filled with 15 Division I teams. The Mocs are also just six strokes out of third, which is currently occupied by North Dakota State and junior college national power Seminole State (FL).
Memphis still leads with a total score of 602, putting the Tigers 14 strokes ahead of second-place Jacksonville. The Tigers were the only team on Saturday that did not have to count a score in the 80's, and have yet to do so in the tournament.
The final round, which features an 8 a.m. shotgun start, is Sunday morning.