Two days of steady play from Southport native Ashley Sloup put her atop the leader board at the 90th edition of the longest running women’s amateur golf championship in the Carolinas.
In the final round of last year’s championship held at Treyburn Country Club, Sloup found herself in the final grouping. She carded a 79 and finish tied-fifth.
“I was pretty nervous last year,” said the 20-year-old Sloup. “It was a good learning experience. I feel a lot more confident this year after that.”
As a sophomore this past season at Winthrop University, her team won three tournaments and Sloup won one individually. She also placed eighth as an individual during the Big South Championship and earned a spot on the All-Conference Team.
“I feel from freshman to sophomore year I have learned a lot and have matured a lot in my game,” Sloup added.
After posting a three-over-par in round one on Monday, Sloup weathered the conditions to post 74 on day two. She has a one-shot lead moving into the final round of action on Wednesday.
“Golf can be such a frustrating game,” said Sloup. “When you hit a bad shot or have a bad hole, it’s hard to stay mentally strong, but it’s such a long game. You just have to stay confident and positive the whole day.”
The round of the day was posted by Carley Cox of China Grove, N.C. Cox, a rising sophomore at James Madison University, made four birdies to play her way into Wednesday’s final pairing. Her second round 72 was a seven-shot improvement on her opening 79. She will begin Wednesday trailing Sloup by two.
The top three competitors heading into the final day are each chasing their first CGA championship. Bailey Cocca, the 2014 runner-up, is one shot back of Sloup.
The final round of the 90th Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship will begin at The Reserve Club in Pawleys Island, South Carolina with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Wednesday.