By Jill Stinson/Assistant sports editor
The women’s golf team finished the first day of competition in fourth place at the OVC Championship at The Country Club of Paducah. The ladies fired an 18-hole total of 334, leaving the team 11 shots behind leader Tennessee Tech.The Lady Colonels were paced by junior Brittainy Klein, who fired an 81 on the day to finish in a tie for seventh place. Klein, the hottest Lady Colonel lately, began day two only three shots behind the leader, Marilen Ruiz of Jacksonville State.
Jennifer Sullivan and freshman Rachel Montgomery tied for 14th when they each carded a first-round total of 84. Leah Larkin was nipping at the duo’s heels, shooting 85 on the day, leaving her in a tie for 19th place. Tamara Thompson rounded out the Eastern scoring with an 18-hole tally of 86.
The Lady Colonels come into the tournament on the heels of a record-setting three-round score of 945 at the Lady Colonel Classic. Klein also became an Eastern record-holder, establishing a new individual mark at the event by firing a three-round score of 227.
The women remained in fourth place after carding a second-round total of 342, giving the team a two-round total of 676.
The Lady Colonels trail first place Murray State by 36 strokes heading into the final day, but are only 15 shots behind Jacksonville State for third.
Klein continued to play well for the Lady Colonels, shooting 85 in the second round, giving her a two-round total of 166. Klein ends the day in a tie for ninth overall. She will begin the final round only six shots shy of fourth place and 12 shots away from the overall leader, Julie Smith of Tennessee Tech.
Larkin turned in the low score for Eastern on Tuesday with an 84, putting her in a tie for 14th place with a total of 169.
Sullivan fired an 86 on Tuesday, giving her a two-round total of 170 and putting her in a tie for 18th place. Montgomery carded an 87 on the day for a 36-hole tally of 171, putting her alone in 20th place for the final day.
Thompson stands in a tie for 25th place after shooting 89 in the second round and will begin the final day tied for 25th place at 175.
“It was tough today with the wind and the pin placements. We just couldn’t seem to get it all together today. Tomorrow will be warmer, but the wind will be strong again, so it won’t get any easier.