Mercer maintains lead at the Courtyard Classic
Jacksonville and Mercer battled to a draw in round two of the Courtyard Classic, giving the Bears a 10-shot lead entering the final round on Tuesday at Hidden Hills Country Club.

Both teams carded a 23-over par round of 311, with Mercer sitting at 31-over par after two rounds. Mercer’s Lacey Fears carded a one-over par 73 to keep the individual lead at even-par, holding a three shot lead over Daytona State’s Erin Selfridge.

Jacksonville matched Mercer shot for shot, led by Francesca Yong’s two-over par 74. The Dolphins junior has shined in her first tournament since September 2010, sitting in fifth place at seven-over par entering the final round.

“We didn’t play as well as we had hoped, but we’re still in contention,” said JU head coach Ashley Prange. “We know we have to play well and that low scores are out there, we just have to give ourselves a lot of opportunities and convert a few of them.”

Natalie Schmett shot a five-over par 77 to fall into a tie for sixth at nine-over par, 153. Gaia Olcese moved into the 10th place by shooting a four-over par 76 to finish at 11-over par.

Jessica Welch and Morgan Jackson each shot a 12-over par 84 in the second round, with Welch sliding back to tie for 16th (+16) and Jackson sitting in a tie for 19th (+17).

The Dolphins will tee off with Mercer and Daytona State in the final round, starting at 9:15 a.m.