HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- Junior Leigh Whittaker fired a three-over par 75 in the second round as the College of Charleston women's golf team climbed to second at the Southern Conference women's golf championship held Monday at Moss Creek Golf Club's North Course.

It marked the third-lowest round of the tournament as Whittaker (+9) played even for the majority of the front nine and birdied twice in a comeback which puts her tied for fourth -- eight strokes shy of individual leader Emma de Groot of Chattanooga (+1).

As a team, the Cougars hold a five-stroke lead over third-place UNC Greensboro (+54) and remain in contention with a combined two-round score of 625, which is 17 strokes back of UTC.

Sophomore Ainhoa Nogales turned in a second-round 78 with two birdies but had some trouble in the back nine with a double bogey which put her in a three-way tie for eighth at 11-over par. Meanwhile, sophomore Kathy Boehm carded a much-improved 77 in the second round and is now in a five-way tie for 16th. She birdied on No. 7 and No. 15, shaking off a nine-over par 81 in the first round of play.

--The College of Charleston men's golf team battled through the second round to find themselves eight shots back of the lead heading into the final round of the Southern Conference championship.

The Cougars, who are in fifth-place overall with a seven-over 583, were led on the day by a freshman and a senior.

Freshman Parker Allen rebounded from an opening round of 76 to shoot the Cougars' low score of the second round with a one-under 71.

Senior Coy Breen, who shot 70 in the first round, came back with a 73 and is just three shots back of the individual lead.

Chattanooga is alone in first place at 575.