Day 1 Results | Round 3 Pairings
COLUMBIA, Mo. (SMU) - Melanie White shot a 7-under 65 in the second round to position herself in second place, and SMU in first place, at the Johnie Imes Invitational hosted by the University of Missouri.
SMU leads the tournament by six strokes after shooting 4-under as a team in the second round. The Mustangs trailed Kansas State by one stroke after round one, but SMU improved its team score by 13 strokes between rounds one and two to take control of the tournament.
White sits at 5-under for the tournament, just two shots off the lead held by Whitney Pyle of Kansas State. The native of Coffeyville, Texas, stayed focused and played very strong golf all day.
"I felt good," White said. "I made a couple really long putts that just got the adrenaline going."
Head Coach Jeanne Sutherland thought her senior was very impressive through both rounds on Monday.
"She looked really good," Sutherland said. "The part I liked most was she was 5-under (in the second round) and still got two birdies coming in."
Sutherland was speaking of White birdies on her 16th and 17th holes of round two, moving her two shots closer to the overall individual lead.
White has familiar company toward the top of the leaderboard. Fellow Mustang Jennifer Park is tied for third overall at 1-under. Alexandra Rossi has also played well, currently finding herself in the top-20 in 17th.
Sutherland is confident that her squad can maintain its lead and take home its second tournament victory of the season, as long as the team avoids any self-imposed speed bumps.
"We played really well today," Sutherland said. "We just had a lot of fun. We need to stay focused. If you don't pay attention out here you can bogey really quickly."