Carly Lyvers held a portion of her first round lead while Gracyn Burgess, Jodee Tindal and Emily Hawkins tied the Simpsonville golfer for the top spot going into the final round of the Carolina Junior Girls championship.
The four golfers will start the final round tied at 1-under par when they tee off on Thursday at The Country Club of South Carolina in Florence.
Lyvers shot her best ever career round, a 5-under par 67 to hold the first round lead, but in the second round the St. Joseph’s High School golfer gave back some shots carding a 4-over par 76.
“I had a little difficulty making putts today, but overall I am pretty happy,” said Lyvers. “I cannot let the pressure get to me. I just have to stay calm, play my game, and not worry about my opponents.”
Gracyn Burgess had the best round of the day among the leaders. The future Clemson golfer shot a 3-under par 69 to tie Lyvers for the lead.
“I feel really good about my round today,” said Burgess. “I like to be a couple strokes behind because it does not put the pressure on me to stay in the lead. It gives me a little fire to go out there and play my game,” she said.
Burgess had two bad holes after the turn, but bounced back with a pair of birdies on number 13 and 14 to get back on track.
“That bad stretch put a fire under me to hit a good shot. Once I did, I was in good positions to make birdies,” said the golfer from Lexington.
Emily Hawkins from Lexington, NC shot a 2-under par 70 and Jodee Tindal of Rock Hill fired a 72 to tie for the lead going into the final round.