CORPUS CHRISTI – Junior Vanessa Johnson set a new school record with a 67 in the second round of the 36th Annual FIU Pat Bradley Invitational on Monday. Johnson's was the low round of the day in the field, and she now sits eighth overall through the first two rounds of the Invitational.
Johnson shot 34 on the front and 33 on the back in the second round. She is now three shots off the individual lead, held by So Young Hwang (Daytona State) and Taylor Gohn (Missouri) who are both 4-under-par at 140 through two rounds. Johnson is tied for eighth with a 143 through the first 36 holes.
"What a round for Vanessa," head coach Carol Blackmar said. "She's always been a great golfer for us, but for her to break the school record by two strokes and have the low round of the day at this prestigious tournament is just tremendous. Everything was really working for her today.
"As a team, we dealt with the same issue we've had throughout the fall season – inconsistency," she added. "We've shown that we have the ability to be as good as just about anybody in the Southland Conference – we just need to get more consistent from shot to shot and round to round."
The Islanders trimmed six shots from their team score in round one, shooting a 309 as a squad. Freshman Ana Paredes shot 76 in round two, while senior Lindsay Biehler delivered a 78. Senior Krista Fenniak and freshman Claudia Galindo each shot 88 in the second round of the event. The team sits 16th through the first two rounds.
Daytona State shot a 287 in the second round to surge into the 36-hole lead with a 580 overall. They hold a four-shot lead over Maryland (584), while host Florida International fell back to third place at 585. Missouri (587) and North Texas (595) round out the top five.
The third and final round of the Pat Bradley Invitational will tee off at 9 a.m. Updates will be provided at the conclusion of the final round on GoIslanders.com.