Sullivan South golfer Kara Carter remains third in the Tennessee girls junior amateur tournament

Ashley Gilliam did nothing to hurt her chances of defending her Tennessee Girls’ Junior Amateur title on Wednesday.
In fact, she improved them.
The Manchester native and rising senior at Tullahoma High School fired a 68 at Old Fort Golf Club to move to 9-under par for the championship, leaving her six strokes up on Clarksville’s McKinley Cunningham entering the final round.
Thursday tee times begin at 7:30 a.m., with Gilliam, Cunningham and Kara Carter (Kingsport) set to go off at 10 a.m.
Gilliam, the 2017 Tennessee Girls’ Junior champion, has played 36 holes of bogey-free golf, including her opening round of 5-under, 67.  She made two birdies on each side Wednesday.
Cunningham, who will be a junior at Clarksville High School, has also turned in back-to-back rounds of under par, going 71-70 to sit at 3-under for the tournament.
Carter, a sophomore at Sullivan South High School, followed up her opening-round 74 with a 69 and is 1-under.
Angelina Chan (Franklin)  enters the final round in fourth place at 3-over, while Kendall Maynard (Clarksville) and Shelly Jang (Franklin) are tied for fifth at 5-over.
Jennaly Nolan (Knoxville) tied for the lowest round of the day on Wednesday as she rebounded from an opening-round 82 to card a 68.  Maynard also had a solid turnaround as she went 80-69.
Through second round, final round on Thursday
1              Ashley Gilliam                    67-68-135
2              McKinley Cunningham   71-70-141
3              Kara Carter                         74-69-143
4              Angelina Chan                   74-73-147
5              Kendall Maynard              80-69-149
5              Shelly Jang                          77-71-149
7              Isabella van der Biest      76-74-150
7              Jennaly Nolan                    82-68-150
9              Hannah Nall                        74-77-151
10           Lindsey Hollis                     76-76-152
10           Rheagan Hall                      79-73-152
12           Lily Bloodworth                76-78-154
13           Cameron Waltman          78-77-155
13           Tzunami Polito                  78-77-155
15           Ainsley Simms                   81-75-156
16           Gracie Johns                      80-82-162
16           Sadie Pan                            80-82-162
18           Kallie Robertson               80-83-163
19           Alayna Perryman             80-84-164
20           Ellie Bloodworth               80-88-168
20           Rachel Chan                       84-84-168

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