No. 2 Reddies up 39 strokes in Battle for the Belt


HOT SPRINGS — The No. 2 ranked Henderson State Reddies find themselves with a 39 stroke lead after two rounds at the Battle for the Belt thanks to a 13-over 301 and a 5-over 293 for a 36-hole score of 18-over 594. 

At the all-GAC tournament, Arkansas Tech and Arkansas Monticello are tied for second at 57-over 633, followed by Southern Nazarene at 65-over 641 and Southern Arkansas at 90-over 666.

Off her best individual finish as a Reddie, Jinna Boonbumroongsuk sits atop the 26-player field with a 3-over 147, including a field-best 1-under 72 in the second round. Boonbumroongsuk shot near-perfect final 18 holes, carding two birdies and one bogey.

Gracen Blount, who shot the second best final round of opening day, and Allie Bianchi are tied for second at 5-over 149. Bianchi, as with Boonbumroongsuk, is coming off her best ever finish where she won the individual championship at last week’s National Championship Preview.

Lily Nelson (T4) and Daphney Tilton (T7) rounded out the Reddie five-bag on day one with a 8-over 152 and a 10-over 154, respectively. Emmie Eriksson, in her first competition since coming to Henderson State from Murray State, sits at 10-over 154 to find herself in a tie with Tilton.

No. 2 Henderson St. will look to maintain its lead for what would be its third consecutive victory at the par 72, 5926-yard Hot Springs Country Club dating back to last season. The final round is scheduled for a 9 a.m. CT shotgun start.

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