Clemson, SC—Freshman Ivy Shepherd shot a two-under par 70 and Ana Paula Valdes added a bogey-free 71 to lead Clemson to a 289 team score and a seven-place improvement in the standings at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational at the Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, NC. Clemson and 17 other teams will finish the three-day 54-hole tournament on Sunday.
Clemson is in ninth place after 36 holes with a 592 score, 16-over par. But the Tigers shot a one over par score on Saturday, including four under par for the last three holes, to jump seven places in the standings. Clemson made the biggest team improvement in the field on Saturday.
Clemson’s 289 team score was the fourth best of the round among the 18-team field that includes 12 teams from the ACC, SEC and Big Ten.
Shepherd had four birdies and just two bogeys in shooting her 70 and her 146 score for 36 holes is the best among Tigers, and in a tie for 25th place after two rounds. She played the final eight holes in three-under par and was the only Clemson player to birdie the 18th hole.
Valdes, a junior from Mexico, was the only player in the 96-player field without a bogey on Saturday, as she had 17 pars and one birdie. Valdes has a 147 total after two rounds to tie for 32nd place in the individual race.
Valdes is tied for 32nd place with Clemson freshman Lindsay May. The freshman from New York had three birdies on the back nine in shooting 73 for the second round. She had an opening round 74 that led Clemson in the first 18 holes.
Alice Hewson had a three-over-par 75 on Saturday and stands in 58th place at 152, while Alexandra Swayne stands at 158 and is in 82nd position entering the final round.
Live scoring is available on golfstat.com.