TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Sophomore Amanda Doherty repeated her strong first-round performance with another 1-under 71 on Saturday, sitting at 19th overall while the 28th-ranked Florida State Women’s Golf team is 10th at the Clemson Invitational held at The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C.
At 2-under overall, Doherty is seven shots off leader Reona Hirai of Furman (-9). Doherty was the lone Seminole to finish under par on Saturday, recording five birdies to four bogeys in the round. It was Doherty’s 12th round under par in the 2017-18 year.
“It was great to see Amanda back up, and she had a good start to the tournament with another solid round,” assistant coach Matt Whall said. “She struck the ball beautifully today and gave herself a number of great opportunities. The best part about her play is that she is producing solid scores without playing her best golf. I’m confident the birdies will drop tomorrow and she can produce the lowest round of the week.”
After taking advantage of the par 5s in the first round, Doherty was able to add another birdie to the long-distance holes on Saturday. She recorded a 4 on the par-5, 535-yard 17th hole, and is tied for third among the field shooting 4-under on par 5 holes.
Doherty’s 10 birdies recorded through two rounds is tied for the sixth-most among the 84 competitors.
Florida State added two strokes to its second-round total score, shooting 291. Senior Kayla Jones is at even par overall after recording a 1-over 73. She was able to muster three birdies opposed to four bogeys, and is tied for 28th overall.
“Another steady day for the team with all five players showing some consistency,” Whall added. “We haven’t hit our stride yet with the birdie putts but we need to stay patient, keep giving ourselves the opportunities and they will start to drop.”
Jones joins Doherty as two of 31 golfers who are shooting even par or lower. Jones now has four rounds this year shooting par or better.
Senior Morgane Metraux is tied for 35th at 2-over following a 1-over 73 on Saturday. Her sister Kim Metraux and Kathleen Sumner are each tied for 49th at 4-over.
Seventh-ranked Furman (-26) leads the Clemson Invitational, while Clemson (-17), Michigan State (-15), Ohio State (-10) and Vanderbilt (-3) and Wisconsin (-3) round out the Top five.
Sumner leads things off for the Seminoles in the final round, teeing off at 9:12 a.m. Kim Metraux goes at 9:21 a.m., followed by Morgane Metraux (9:30 a.m.), Jones (9:39 a.m.) and Doherty (9:48 a.m.).