Solid Start in South Carolina

Kim tied for sixth after 36 holes

HANAHAN, S.C. — Vanderbilt got off to a solid start Monday during the first two rounds of the Cougar Classic near Charleston, South Carolina.

Vandy rebounded from a tough first 18 to shoot a 4-under-par 284 in the second 18. The Commodores sit in an eighth-place tie at 3-over-par for the tournament and are 19 strokes back of leader Georgia (-16).

“Really liked what I saw in our fight this afternoon after a sluggish morning round,” Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen said. “That’s very encouraging to see us respond that way. I thought we played with a lot of patience all day and it was good to see some under par scores.”

Auston Kim, the 2019 champion of the event, led the Dores on Monday by firing a 5-under-par 67. She’s tied for sixth overall and 12 strokes back of leader Brooke Matthews of Arkansas.

Virginie Ding also had a good day by finishing 1-under-par after 36 holes. She’s tied for 18th overall.

Ariel Yu (+3) is tied for 45th, Tess Davenport (+6) is tied for 70th and Jayna Choi (+17) is 93rd. Vandy made 27 birdies Monday and Yu found an eagle during her second round.

“Auston was very steady this afternoon as was Ginnie and Ariel,” Allen said. “There’s still several things we need to do better Tuesday and I’m excited to see if we can take advantage of that opportunity.”

Through 18 holes Vanderbilt sat tied for 11th after posting a 7-over-par 295, 11 shots back of leader Arkansas. Kim was even after 18 holes and tied for 18th while Ding was 1-over-par and tied for 31st.

Vanderbilt is scheduled to tee off at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. Live scoring can be found HERE.