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Laney Frye is Tied for Second Place, 18 Holes Remaining at SEC Championship

Laney Frye is Tied for Second Place, 18 Holes Remaining at SEC Championship

BELLEAIR, Fla. – Laney Frye is tied for second place at the Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championship, with just 18 holes remaining until one player is crowned the individual champion.

Rolling in three birdies and allowing just two bogeys in the second round, Frye, a Nicholasville, Kentucky, native, recorded a 1-under on Saturday. It was good enough to improve to a 3-under tournament total and jump to a share of second place, as she sits just two shots off the lead. Frye, an All-American and All-SEC selection, is among elite company, sharing second place with Ingrid Lindblad of LSU and Hannah Darling of South Carolina, also All-Americans and All-SEC selections. The trio of them are behind outright leader Julia Lopez Ramirez of Mississippi State, who has a 5-under tournament total.

Frye, who is competing in the last SEC Championship of her college career, has never won a tournament title at Kentucky. The Wildcats also has never produced an individual champion at the SEC Championship.

From Nicholasville to Eddyville, Kentucky natives are pacing the team this weekend.

Cathryn Brown, who, in contrast to Frye, is competing in her first SEC Championship, formed a 3-over-par 73 on Saturday. She earned a birdie on her very first hole of the day, the par-4 No. 1, then went on to record three bogeys on the front nine and one bogey on the back nine.

The freshman is just 4-over on the tournament, sitting in a tie for 24th place ahead of the final round.

Jensen Castle also recorded a 3-over in the second round.

The graduate student bounced back after a 5-over in the first round, which was burdened by a quadruple on the par-4 No. 18. She dropped four strokes on that hole in the second round, rolling in a clean par to cap her scorecard Saturday. Her back nine also included birdies on the par-3 No. 12 and the par-4 No. 16.

Castle is 8-over on the tournament, sitting in a tie for 43rd place.

Marta López Echevarría suffered eight bogeys on the course today – four on the front and four on the back. She also birdied the par-4 No. 11, turning in a 7-over-par 77 on Saturday. The junior, who also is competing in her first conference championship, had a strong showing in the first round (-2), helping her find a share of 49th place at 9-over for the tournament ahead of the final round.

Marissa Wenzler assembled a 7-over on the course Saturday, combining for a 13-over through 36 holes at the SEC Championship. The graduate student is tied for 60th place.

The Wildcats went 12-over in the second round Saturday, going 18-over through 36 holes at Pelican Golf Club. They are in eighth place, one shot head of LSU in ninth place. The team will need to remain in the top eight to make its first cut since the inception of the NCAA Tournament format six seasons ago.

Kentucky will compete in the final round Sunday, with tee times beginning at 8:50 a.m. ET. UK is paired with Arkansas and Vanderbilt.

Big Blue Nation can keep up with the leaderboard on Golfstat.com.

For the latest on the Kentucky women’s golf team, follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as on the web at UKathletics.com.

T2 Laney Frye 68, 69 … 137 (-3)
T24 Cathryn Brown 71, 73 … 144 (+4)
T43 Jensen Castle 75, 73 … 148 (+8)
T49 Marta López Echevarría 72, 77 … 149 (+9)
T60 Marissa Wenzler 76, 77 … 153 (+13)

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