Texas A&M climbs up the leaderboard in Clemson Invitational second round

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SUNSET, South Carolina -- Texas A&M shot a 1-under 287, rising from ninth to fifth place in the second round of the Clemson Invitational. The Aggies, at 1-under for the tournament, sit ahead of three top-25 teams and six top-50 squads.

“Despite the difficult conditions with the rain delay, the girls did a good job staying patient and in the game the whole time,” said head coach Andrea Gaston. “They made some great shots throughout the round, and gave themselves good opportunities to make some birdies. Our goal was to improve the scoring on par 5s today, and we definitely accomplished that. This team now knows they can be consistent on this course, and there is no reason why they can’t unleash all their potential out tomorrow.”

Courtney Dow led Texas A&M with a 3-under 69, finishing her round with birdies on three of her last six holes. With a 36-hole total of 140 (-4), Dow is tied for eighth place, four shots behind tournament co-leaders Micheala Williams of Tennessee and Julie McCarthy of Auburn.

Ava Schwienteck joined her teammate Dow with a red number on Monday, taking 70 shots to get around The Reserve at Lake Keowee. After her 2-under performance, Schwienteck is tied for 26th at even-par 144.

Monday marked the sixth time in the last eight rounds that the Aggies have shot even-par or better. No. 7 Vanderbilt leads the tournament at 21-under par in a stacked 18-team field that includes five members of the top 25 and 10 teams that rank in the top 50.

“It’s great to see the girls coming together and playing for each other at this time of year,” added Gaston. “We are excited to see what the postseason has in store for us.”

Amber Park shot a 2-over 74 on the par 72 / 6,260-yard course to join the tie for 26th at even-par for the tournament. Katie Finley carded a 2-over 74, and is tied for 75th and Brooke Tyree is tied for 57th after a 3-over 75.

As a team, Texas A&M has played the four par-3s at a tournament-best 7-under par.

The tournament’s final round takes place Tuesday, with Texas A&M teeing off at 7:54 a.m. CT. Live scoring for the event is available on golfstat.com, and live updates are available on Twitter at @AggieWomensGolf.