Florida representative Tara Joy-Connelly (USGA)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Florida maintains their narrow advantage over neighboring Georgia after the second round of the U.S. Women's State Team Championship. Led once again by the duo of Tara Joy-Connelly and Meghan Stasi, the Sunshine State on Friday set the tournament's 36-hole scoring record at 5-under 283, playing the Jack Nicklaus-designed Dalhousie Golf Club.
Joy-Connelly's 67 led individually by two after day one, and despite a 75 in the second round, steady play from Stasi (71-71) have the record-setting team heading to Saturday's final round holding a slight lead.
Joy-Connelly won the 2003 and 2013 Massachusetts Women’s Amateurs, and is a six-time Massachusetts Women’s Open champion. Her most recent triumph was this year when she captured the Florida Women's Mid-Amateur. Stasi has much USGA experience, including four victories at the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, most recently in 2012.
Georgia remains two shots back of their southern neighbor, once again paced by defending U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion Margaret Shirley, as well as Emilie Meason. Both players posted 1-over par 73 on Friday, matching Florida's day total of 146.
Trailing second-place Georgia by eight shots are a trio of team tied for third — Alabama, Virginia, and New Mexico. They will have work to do on the final day to be in contention with the two southeast powerhouses.
ABOUT THE U.S. Women's State Team
The USGA State Team Championships grew out
of the Association's Centennial Celebration in
1995, and have been held on an every-other-
year basis since. 52 men’s teams (including
teams from Puerto Rico and the District of
Columbia) compete for the trophy named in
honor of former USGA President James Hand.
Fifty women’s teams compete for the trophy
named for past USGA President Judy Bell.
State golf associations select three of their
top non-college amateurs to represent them in
this biennial team championship. The top two
scores of the three players count toward the
team total for each of the three days.
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