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Friday, January 15, 2010

South Atlantic Ladies Amateur Championship in Florida

Stephanie Meadow drops out

of lead as Jessica Korda has a 62

Pitreavie's Louise Kenney goes into Saturday's fourth and final round of the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur stroke-play championship "The Sally" in a creditable joint 10th position in a quality field for the second event of the Orange Blossom Tour in Florida.. In much improved conditions 16-year-old American Jessica Korda shot a 10-under-par course record of 62 for the Oceanside Country Club women's course at Ormond Beach to take a three-shot lead at 10-under-par 206 Kenney had a 75 for 223. She came back in 35 with birdies at the 13th and short 14th.
Louise, Scottish girls match-play champion in 2000 and beaten by Heather MacRae in the 2001 final, has not played in America since she was Iowa State University's leading player about six to eight years ago.

Jessica Korda (pictured above by courtesy of Golfweek.com) is the daughter of Petr Korda, the Czech tennis player who won the Australia Open in 1998. He caddies for Jessica. Miss Korda, chasing a place in the US Curtis Cup team for the June match at Essex County Club, Massachusetts, must have gone a long way towards securing selection with her brilliant round which had halves of 33 and 39. She had 10 birdies and no bogeys.

Orange Bowl girls champion Alexis Thompson, who won "The Sally" last year by 13 shots, had an excellent 65 (32-33) with eight birdies and one bogey. Alexis, only 14 years of age, is sharing second place with Candac Schepperle, both of them being strong candidates for the American Curtis Cup team.
GB&I Curtis Cup preliminary squad member Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow, joint leader overnight, had a disastrous day with three double bogeys in an 81 (39-42) to be joint seventh on 222.
Scottish Under-21 champion Kelsey MacDonald (Stirling University & Nairn Dunbar) is sharing 14th position on 226 after a remarkable third-round 74. Kelsey had an eagle, seven birdies, four double bogeys and three bogeys in a roller-coaster of a round.
Glasgow's Majorca-based Lauren Mckin had another steady 75 for 229.
Edinburgh's Aberdeen student Jane Turner is finding it difficult to get acclimatised to the Florida conditions. Once again she failed to break 80 and had three 7s (one triple bogey and two double bogeys) in an 84 (41-43) for 247.
Leading third round totals
Par 216 (3x72) Players from US unless stated
206 Jessica Korda 75 69 72.
209 Alexis Thompson 73 71 65, Candace Schepperle 73 68 68.
214 Meghan Stasi 70 73 71.
217 Jaclyn Sweeney 76 69 72.
218 Amelia Lewis 76 73 69.
222 Taylore Karle 73 76 73, Alexandra Stewart 75 74 73, Stephanie Meadow (NIr) 71 70 81.
223 Louise Kenney (Sco) 77 71 75, Mitsuki Katahira (Jap) 75 74 74.
224 Vanessa Vela (Col) 77 74 73, Kendall Prince 75 76 73.
226 Kelsey MacDonald (Sco) 80 72 74, Nicole Agnello 76 78 72.
227 Lucy Gould (Wal) 76 72 79, Martha Leach 80 77 70, Morgan Thompson 79 75 73.
229 Lauren Mackin (Sco) 79 75 75.
Selected scores:

236 Charlie Douglass (Eng) 78 82 76.
242 Harriet Beasley (Eng) 82 76 84.
243 Rachel Cassidy (Ire) 80 83 80.
247 Jane Turner (Sco) 83 80 84.
259 Eilidh Mackay (Sco) 91 89 79.
260 Jordana Graham (Sco) 83 85 92.
272 Rebecca Wilson (Sco) 95 97 80.






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