Second-ranked Florida Southern shot a 310 in the morning and then hung the best score of the day, a 303, in the afternoon to lead with 613 strokes. Top-ranked Nova Southeastern is a shot back (614) with scores of 305-309 while fourth-ranked Rollins is eight off the pace with a score of 621 (311-310).
Facing chilly conditions in the morning and a breezy afternoon, Florida Southern's Melanie Audette leads the field of 82 participants. She shot an even-par 72 to open and carded a 76 in round two to hold a day one score of 148. Goeun Lee of Saint Leo matched Audette's opening round 72 and shot a 77 in the afternoon to sit a shot back with 149 strokes.
Mitsuki Katahira of Daytona State was 12th after a first round 77, but climbed into a tie for third with Nova Southeastern's Abby Gittings by days end as both golfers sit with 150 strokes.
Senior Joanna Coe turned in scores of 76-77 and is alone in eighth place with a nine-over par 153. Newcomer Kristen Garabedian is two back of Coe (155) in a tie for ninth with scores of 78-77.
Cecilia Kleinert (80-78) and Brianna Seo (77-81) are tied for 17th with scores of 158 while Fabia Rothenfluh turned in rounds of 81-78 and is tied for 22nd with a score of 159.
The Tars also have a quartet playing as individuals and not factoring into the team scores. Elin Marscdottier carded 161 strokes and is tied for 31st with rounds of 79-82, while Kelly Krusoe is tied for 52nd with a score of 166 (84-82). Jennifer Gorman is tied for 70th with a score of 173 (85-88) and Caitlin Deasy is 80th after a score of 183 (94-89).
The 36th annual Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational will conclude with a final round on Tuesday, March 8. Pending weather, players will go off at an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.