ANDERSON, S.C. — Junior Sydney Gallant (Angus, Ontario, Canada) and the Lincoln Memorial University women’s golf team are in the lead after the opening round of the Anderson Invitational, which finished up on Monday afternoon at Cobb’s Glen Country Club in Anderson, S.C.
In the 2015-16 season-opening event, the Lady Railsplitters have four golfers currently sitting in the top-15 of the 45-player Anderson Invitational field at the midway point. Lincoln Memorial fired a 33-over par total of 321 to establish a commanding eight-shot lead over second-place Anderson and an 11-stroke advantage over third place Lenoir-Rhyne.
Gallant sits atop the individual leaderboard following a four-over par 76, the second-best round of the Canadian’s career with the Lady Railsplitters. It is only one stroke off of her career-low round, which she recorded in the second round of the 2014 Patsy Rendleman Invitational. Gallant leads Anderson’s Makalyn Poole by a single stroke.
Sophomore Abigail Evans (Gillingham, England) – a transfer from East Tennessee State – is just four strokes back of the lead as she made her Lady Railsplitter debut by recording an eight-over par round of 80. She is currently tied for sixth place.
Freshman Lise Malherbe (Mount Juliet, Tennessee) and Reagan Greene (Clarksville, Tennessee) were solid in their first collegiate rounds, shooting 81 and 84, respectively. Malherbe is tied for ninth place while Greene is part of a three-way tie in 13th place.
Danielle Burrell (Basingstoke, England) is alone in 30th place following an opening-round 90.
The Lady Railsplitters will be looking to win their second tournament title in two seasons after ending a three-year drought at the 2015 Southeast Kentucky Invitational. If Gallant is able to claim individual medalist honors, it would be the program’s second consecutive event won by an LMU player, as current graduate assistant coach Lindsay Davis won the 2015 SAC Championship.
Final round play begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday. Live stats are available via www.LMURailsplitters.com.