GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - (Team Results | Individual Results | Third Round Pairings) It was an eventful second round at the 2012 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships on Wednesday at Link Hills Country Club in Greenville, Tenn., with a record-matching individual performance leading the way.
That performance was registered by Oklahoma City's Jessica Schiele, who fired a 68 (-5) to leap from a tie for 49th on the leaderboard going into the day, to third place overall on the individual side after 36 holes. The 68 matched an NAIA Women's Golf Championships low 18-hole score, which was set in 2006 by Oklahoma City's Ashley Sholer in the first round of the tournament.
Schiele was paced on the day by a red-hot back nine (she started her round on hole 10) in which she posted a five-under 32, with no bogeys, and five birdies.
"I started off a little shaky, but I managed to grind out a few pars," Schiele said. "On my back nine, I started holing some putts and relying on my putter. I holed some pretty long ones, and nearly chipped in for eagle on my last hole."
Before Schiele posted a 68, SCAD-Savannah's (Ga.) Nikki Stewart jumped into the overall lead after posting a 69, despite having a double bogey seven on the ninth hole. The score vaulted Stewart out of a first round log jam tie for fifth, and into the 36-hole individual lead.
"I didn't go in with any expectations really, but I started off on a roll," Stewart said. "I had three birdies in row to start, and at that point I had to calm myself down a little bit. I told myself to take it one shot at a time. I had a few stumbles, but I think I finished very strong."
On the team leaderboard, British Columbia (Canada) holds a slim one shot lead over SCAD-Savannah at the mid-way point. After 36 holes, British Columbia has posted a total score of 604 (+20), while SCAD-Savannah has a total score of 605 (+21) after posting a low team round score of +3.
Across the leaderboard, Victoria's (Canada) Megan Woodland sits in second place on the player leaderboard at -3 (143) after shooting a 70 in round two, while Concordia's (Ore.) Sunny Powers is alone in fourth with a two day total score of 146 or even par.
On the team side, Shorter slipped from first to third on day two (606, +23) with a round score of +16, while William Woods (Mo.) is in fourth place as a team after the second round, at 607 (+23).
Action gets underway in round three of the 2012 NAIA Women's Golf Championships tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. Fans are reminded that they can see updated tee time, and follow all the action live via live stats by clicking here.