#uttylerwgolf surges into Golfweek Invite lead

Monday, October 12, 2015
by wes Bloomquist || jbloomquist@uttyler.edu

DESTIN, Fla. – UT Tyler senior Laura Lindsey will take a five-shot lead into the final round of the Golfweek Fall Invitational after shooting a 4-under-par 68 on Monday to lead the Patriots who own a one-shot advantage over Sewanee going into Tuesday’s final round at the Baytowne Golf Club.

Lindsey, who is a three-time all-American and is looking to win the 11th tournament of her career, recorded five birdies on Monday to turn a five-stroke deficit into a five-shot lead over Sewanee’s Emily Javadi who has a 69-78 – 147 scorecard going and is in second.

“I was putting a lot better today than I have been throughout the season so far,” said Lindsey, who has seven birdies and an eagle through two rounds. “I was able to save some pars and convert some birdie opportunities that I haven’t been able to in the first couple of tournaments. There was an opportunity to go low today and my putting took me there. Tomorrow is going to be my 18th round here at Baytowne so I feel really comfortable here. I’ve had a lot of positive experiences on this course and am in position to have another one tomorrow.”

UT Tyler junior Morgan Loth is third in the tournament with a 74-75 – 149, while a 164 total is on the scorecards of Stephanie Tutt (84-80), Amy Cox (83-81) and Taylor Denton (84-80) for the Patriots.

“Laura played great today,” UT Tyler head coach Grant Spencer said. “Morgan is on the verge of going low as well. The next three girls scored better as well, but I’m looking for a breakout from them tomorrow. The course played easier today so all the scores were lower. I’m really looking forward to the final round tomorrow.”

Lindsey (74-68 – 142) had only one bogey in her second round at the 5,846-yard course. Lindsey’s 68 is only one shot off her career-best and is the sixth time she has shot in the 60s in her career. She is currently 2-under-par on par-3s and par-5s.

The Patriots are one shot ahead of Sewanee after shooting 315-303 – 618 in the through two of three rounds in their third tournament of the fall. UT Tyler’s 12-stroke cut from first to second round jumped it over Sewanee (309-310 – 619) and Washington-St. Louis (312-309 – 621).

UT Tyler will be paired with Sewanee and Huntingdon College on Tuesday for its final round at the Golfweek Invite. Denton will tee off at 8:30 a.m. (CST) to start things off for the Patriots and Lindsey will be the last to tee-off at 9:06 a.m. on the first hole at Baytowne.