Julie McCarthy’s consistent form shows no signs of slowing down after the Auburn star moved into a tie for third at the Evans Derby Experience at Saugahatchee Country Club.
The Swords golfer, who was recently selected to the Arnold Palmer Cup team, fired a second round one-under par 71, including two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 eighth, to move to minus-one for the tournament, just one stroke off the lead heading into today’s final round.
McCarthy, ranked No. 11 nationally, has now shot par or better in 10 of the 19 rounds she’s played this season and will look for something similar today as she looks to enter the winner’s circle in her sophomore year at Auburn.
It was a difficult day for the Tigers in the team standings as they fell to seventh place, a full 14 shots behind the leaders Texas atop the board but perhaps in McCarthy there may still be a cause for a Tiger’s roar with a round to go at the intercollegiate contest.
“It was kind of a rough day, “Auburn head coach Melissa Luellen said. “I think we just have to take everything that we learned today about the course and save a shot every nine holes. If all of our players save a shot every nine holes, then we move up the leaderboard and we would be eight shots better. I know that it’s out there.”
The 14-team field for this year’s Evans Derby Experience includes Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Kent State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Texas and including Auburn, 10 of the 14 teams are ranked in the top 25 per Golfstat. Five of the teams – Texas, Duke, Florida, Arkansas and South Carolina – are ranked in the top 10.
No doubt she’ll be going for the win but if McCarthy needed any added incentive to go low today, the individual winner of this year’s Evans Derby Experience will qualify for the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic event on the Symetra Tour, which takes place July 18-21, 2019 in Rochester, New York.