Clemson, S.C. — Ana Paula Valdes shot a pair of four-under-par rounds of 68 on Monday and is tied for the lead after two rounds at the Briar’s Creek Invitational at the Golf Club of Briar’s Creek in John’s Island, S.C. The Tigers are in seventh place as a team in the 17-team field after two rounds. The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday on the par 72 course that is 6,107 yards in length.
Valdes stands at 136 for the first 36 holes, tied with Allyson Geer-Park of Michigan State, who had rounds of 67 and 69 on Monday. Valdes had 13 birdies in the two rounds, most in the field of 93 players. Valdes became the first Clemson player to post two rounds of 68 or better in the same day.
The native of Mexico had seven birdies in the second round, tying the Clemson record for birdies in a single round. She had six birdies within seven holes at one point on the stretch between holes 5-11.
Hewson had rounds of 71-68 and is tied for fourth at five-under par 139 through 36 holes. Hewson, Clemson’s stroke average leader, played the par five holes at five-under par for the first two rounds, tied for the best in the field. The native of England had five birdies and one bogey in the second round in scoring her four under par 68. She had three birdies and two bogeys in the first round.
“Ana Paula and Alice were really strong today,” said head coach Kelley Hester. “It was a long day. Started at 9:00 and finished at 7:45. Really a grind. We will regroup and look to finish strong tomorrow.”
Clemson was the only school in the 17-team field to have two players within the top five players.
Calista Rice had rounds of 75-78 and stands at 153 after two rounds, good enough for 67th place. Alexandra Swayne is at 154, good enough for 71st place. Lindsay May had rounds of 78-79 and is in 81st place.
Michigan State has the team lead at five-under-par 571. Clemson is in seventh place, but just 11 shots out of first. Indiana is second at 574 and Campbell is third at even par 576. The Tigers are just two shots out of fourth place Old Dominion.
The tournament concludes tomorrow. Scoring is available on golfstat.com.