GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- It was another record-breaking day at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Women's Golf Championship as two more marks were surpassed at the par-72, 5,910-yard Link Hills Country Club.
Host Tusculum maintained its lead for the championship as the Pioneers are on top after 36 holes with a two-day tally of 601, including Monday's 15-over par score of 301. TC was 15-over par as a team after its first three holes, but rebounded by playing even par for the final 15.
Pioneers established the lowest 18-hole score at a SAC Championship with its opening 298 on Sunday. But that record lasted all of 24 hours as Lenoir-Rhyne surpassed it with Monday's 297 and are in second place over with 604, just three shots behind Tusculum.
SAC Player of the Year Abbey Hartsell led the Bears with her career-low five under-par 67.
But Hartsell wasn't even the top player in her group as Carson-Newman's Elizabeth England fired a six-under par 66, which is not only the best round in SAC Championship history, but it is the best in Carson-Newman and SAC history overall. England had a bogey-free round as she recorded four birdies and scored an eagle two on the par-four 11th hole.
Coupled with her 73 on Monday, England is first in the individual standings with her five-under par 139 and leads by two shots over Hartsell. In her round, Hartsell posted five birdies, two bogeys and recorded an eagle three on the par-5 ninth hole. Hartsell's 66 is a new Link Hills Country Club record as well.
Carson-Newman is third in the team competition with 614 and is 13 shots out of the lead. Wingate is fourth with 615, while Lincoln Memorial rounds out the top-five with 618. Anderson is sixth with 620, followed by Coker (621), Queens (626), Catawba (638), Newberry (652) and Mars Hill (770).
Lenoir-Rhyne Ainee O'Connor is third on the leaderboard with her 74-75=149, while Tusculum's Taylor White and Allie Fletcher of Carson-Newman are tied for fourth with 150 (+6).
The final round will begin Tuesday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Link Hills as teams will be teeing off on the 1st and 10th holes. The final grouping will be Tusculum, Lenoir-Rhyne and Carson-Newman with the last player group being England, Hartsell and White at 9:51 a.m.
England and Hartsell have found the Link Hills set up to their liking in the past. England won the 2016 Agnes McAmis Memorial at Link Hills, while Hartsell captured medalist honors at the Tusculum Fall Classic.