Walsh birdie-blitz helps Wake Forest forge clear at UCF Challenge


Lauren Walsh - image by Tim Cowie Photography

Lauren Walsh fired an incredible six birdies in seven holes to help the Wake Forest Women’s Golf team to a commanding 10-stroke lead at the close of play on day two of the UCF Challenge at Eagle Creek Golf Club, Florida.

After signing for an even par 72 in round one, Castlewarden ace Walsh recovered from a double-bogey at the fourth hole to blitz the back nine, with five straight birdies from the 12th and another on 18 before closing out the shotgun start with a final par at the first.


All up, Walsh signed for a four-under 68 and was one-under par through 13 holes of round three when play was suspended for the night. Walsh sits in a tie for 18th at five-under, a full 11 shots back of her Deacs’ teammate Carolina Lopez-Chacarra who’s 7-under through 12 holes on round 3 and 16-under for the tournament.

Wake Forest sit at 39-under par on the team board, 10 strokes clear of Kentucky.

Auburn sit in fifth place on the leaderboard with Julie McCarthy and Anna Foster both lining out for the Tigers.

Foster carded rounds of 67 and 70 and is one-over par through 10 holes of her third round, leaving the Elm Park talent sharing ninth, a shot ahead of Walsh at six-under on the individual standings. McCarthy is 85th at seven-over par.

And Douglas’ Sara Byrne goes well for Miami, following up successive rounds of 71 to be two-under par through 14 holes of round three, four-under in total and in a tie for 22nd. Miami sit ninth on the team standings.

The third and final round will resume with a shotgun start at 8.45am local time.

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