Former Central Christian golfer Ivy Shepherd will be the player to beat over the next two days at the Women’s Match Play Championship at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Great Waters golf course.
Shepherd, who will play college golf at Clemson starting this fall, finished first during the first two rounds of stroke play after shooting 4-under par to lead the pack.
She was just one of three golfers to finish under par.
Bailey Tardy finished stroke play one shot behind Shepherd at 3-under par, while Louise Lu was 2-under.
Shepherd finished her first-round on Wednesday with a 3-under par 69 and shot a 1-under 71 on Thursday.
She finished Wednesday’s round with five birdies. She also had five birdies on Thursday, but she also had four bogies on four holes.
Shepherd goes into Friday’s match play as the No. 1 seed and takes on No. 16 seed Caroline Craig today at 8 a.m.
Craig was one of the last players to qualify for match play after shooting a pair of 80s over the first two rounds.
The winner of Shepherd and Craig’s match plays the winner of the Elisa Yang and Megan Sabol match in the quarterfinals.
The event continues through Saturday.