ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A big day from sophomore Katie Childers and a nice bounce-back performance from No. 1 player Lindsay Dodovich in round two have the Bucknell women's golf team in third place after 36 holes of the Patriot League Championship at the Naval Academy GC.
Childers put up rounds of 79 and 75 on Saturday, and her 154 total is good for second place individually, just two strokes behind leader Morgan Frazier of Navy (74-78). Dodovich (86-76) is also in the top 10 (T-10th) for the Bison, who have a 36-hole total of 647 (330-317).
Richmond and Navy are tied for the lead at 635, with both posting identical rounds of 321-314. Boston University (651) is four shots behind the Bison, with Lehigh (657) and Holy Cross (707) rounding out the six-team field.
Childers was the story of the day for Bucknell. After shooting 83-89 on this course two weeks ago at the Navy Invitational, she turned in two of her best rounds of the season when it mattered most.
Her 3-over-par 75 in the second round equalled the best score of her career. She started the round on the 10th hole and posted an even-par 36 going out, highlighted by a birdie at the par-3 17th hole. After making five bogeys in a seven-hole stretch to start the inward nine, she pulled two strokes back with a terrific eagle at the par-5 eighth. Childers hit the green with her second shot from 190 yards out and drained the put for the only eagle of the day in the entire field. She then finished the day with a par to put herself in contention for the title on Sunday.
Childers and Frazier were the only two players in the field to post two rounds in the 70s on day one of the tournament. Childers has a two-shot cushion on Richmond's Sophie DePetrillo, who sits in third place. Dodovich is one of four players tied for 10th, but she is just four shots out of the top five.
Dodovich, a senior with two All-Patriot League medals on her resume, started the championship with an uncharacteristic 86, but she came back in the afternoon and made three birdies and nothing worse than bogey en route to a 76.
The third and final round gets underway Sunday at 8:30 a.m.