COON RAPIDS, Minn.—Shannon Holden (Fy./Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) posted a second consecutive five-over par 77, moving into a tie for the individual lead, while No. 19 Carleton College used a second consecutive 318 to move into the lead at the 2013 MIAC Championships.
The Knights, at 636, lead No. 13 University of St. Thomas by a single shot, as the two teams traded the lead all day long. No. 16 Gustavus Adolphus College is third at 646, while two-time defending champion St. Olaf College sits fourth at 656. First-round leader College of St. Benedict faded to a second-round 343 and is now fifth at 660.
The 36-hole total is a new school record and the second-lowest 36-hole total in MIAC Championships history.
“It was not an easy day, but we were able to stay focused and play with confidence,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. “We’ve been locked in from the start of the tournament, and I was proud that we were able to play at such a high level today.”
The field battled conditions that were about 10 degrees colder than the Saturday’s first round, with occasional rain showers and a bit of a breeze.
Holden’s 36-hole total is the lowest MIAC Championships total in school history. The rookie rode a string of seven straight pars on the front nine after a pair of opening bogeys, and then added five consecutive pars at one point on the back nine. She finds herself in a three-way tie for the lead with UST’s Erin Dingmann and first-round leader Bridget Cummings of St. Benedict.
“Shannon’s been a stud for us this fall, and for her to play at such a high level has been a joy to witness,” Sieger said.
Grace Gilmore (So./Edina, Minn.) and Kelsey Moede (Jr./Lake Oswego, Ore.) are tied for seventh at 159, as Gilmore posted a second-round 79 while Moede added an 80. Geraldine Tellbuescher (Fy./Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy) posted an 82 and is 14th at 164.
“Grace and Kelsey got off to very good starts, but I know they weren’t happy with the way they finished and I think they’ll correct that tomorrow,” Sieger said. “Geraldine was struggling a little bit, but she was able to turn it around and I was very proud of her showing the resiliency to post a solid score despite not having her ‘A’ game on the front nine.”
The Knights will play with the Tommies, Gusties and Oles in Monday’s final round at 10:20 a.m.