HASTINGS, Minn.--Grace Gilmore (So./Edina, Minn.) is third and Geraldine Tellbuescher (Fy./Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy) is tied for fourth as No. 24 Carleton sits second in its own College City Challenge at Bellwood Oaks Golf Club.
Gilmore fired a 79 and two shots back of first place while Tellbuescher posted an 80. The Knights posted a first-round 325 and are six back of No. 22 St. Thomas (319) but one shot ahead of No. 13 Gustavus.
The Gusties' Sam Falk leads the six-team event at four-over par 77, while UST's Emma Wilson is one shot back at 78. Gilmore was one of only three players to break 80 on the par-73 track and will play with Falk and Wilson in tomorrow's final pairing.
Kelsey Moede (Jr./Lake Oswego, Ore.) overcame a bit of a rough first nine to post an 83, which Shannon Holden (Fy./Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) matched.
Carleton has finished second twice to St. Thomas this season--by two shots at the season-opening Georgianni Memorial Invitational and by five shots at last week's D3 Classic. If the Knights are to reverse that trend, they'll likely need to break the 320 barrier, according to head coach Eric Sieger.
"St. Thomas has been playing wonderful golf, and while we've been solid we feel like there's a lower number out there," he said. "We need to continue to play with confidence and commitment and I think we will find that low score."
Sunday's final round starts at 9:58 a.m, with the Knights off at 10:40 a.m.