Former South Brunswick High School standout Ashley Sloup is two shots back from top spot on the leader board and UNCW alum Lori Beth Adams is tied for sixth as defending champion Katie Kirk, 22, of Davidson, put together consecutive under par rounds to continue her path toward back-to-back Carolina’s Women’s Amateur titles.
Despite not hitting the ball as well on Wednesday, Kirk followed up her opening 71 with a two-under par 70 to claim the two-day medalist award at the 89th edition of the tournament.
Sloup, 19, of Southport, started her second round with consecutive birdies on holes 10 and 11. On her final hole, the 488 yard par-5 ninth, Sloup almost made eagle from the fairway.
“I almost holed-out from 52 yards,” said Sloup, who just finished her freshman year on the Winthrop University golf team. “I had a tap-in birdie. It was a good way to end the round.”
Sloup will start the final round two strokes back of Kirk.
“I’m just going to play confident and go after it,” said Sloup. “It would be the best win of my career.”
After even par in the first round, her one-under second round performance has her at one-under par 143 for the championship.
Adams, of Burlington, was one of the few, like Kirk and Sloup, to better their score in the second round. On a day where scores averaged one stroke higher than yesterday, Adams made five birdies to post one-under par 71; a six stroke improvement. On Monday, the former UNCW standout was medalist at a 36-hole qualifier in Pennsylvania for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open.
A double-bogey on the par-5 11th on Wednesday prevented her from climbing even higher on the leader board. The 23-year-old currently sits tied for sixth at four-over par 148.
The final round of the tournament gets underway at 9 a.m. Thursday. Click here to follow live scoring from the event.