Canadian Takes Second Round Lead At Sweetgrass
This story is courtesy of the Synetra Tour.
Anne-Catherine Tanguay (Quebec, Canada) will take a one-shot lead over Dani Holmqvist (Stockholm, Sweden) into the final round of the Island Resort Championship.
“I think the biggest part of my game this week has been putting,” Tanguay explained. “I’m usually a pretty good ball striker but yesterday I wasn’t as consistent with my ball striking so I hit the range and touched some little things and today was just great.”
Tanguay used six birdies against a lone bogey on 18 to card her second round 67 and put her at 9-under for the championship, a stroke up on Holmqvist who posted a 3-under 69 on Saturday.
“I personally don’t think it’s been easy out there,” Holmqvist admitted. “The score may reflect something else but I think the course has been a really fair and good golf course and I think it’s going to be a good test tomorrow as well especially if the wind picks up a bit.”
Rounding out the final group is Volvik Race for the Card No. 9 Casey Grice (College Station, Texas) who will be looking to capture her first victory on the Symetra Tour.
“I’ve been hitting the ball very well and giving myself opportunities within two feet,” Grice said. “That makes it a little easier and takes the pressure off the putting but I was hitting good putts so a solid day overall.”
The penultimate group will consist of Shannon Fish (Spring, Texas) at 6-under and Samantha Richdale (Kelowna, British Columbia) and Katie Kempter (Albuquerque, N.M.) at 5-under.
78 players made the cut of 148 (+4).
Final round play will begin off the first tee starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday with the final group teeing off at 12:05 p.m.
FELLOW CANADIAN WINNERS INSPIRE TANGUAY: A.C. Tanguay has seen three of her fellow Canadians – Brooke Henderson, Augusta James and Sue Kim – capture victories on the Symetra Tour this season and would like to be the fourth to take home a win tomorrow during the final round of the Island Resort Championship.
“It’s very exciting for Canadian golf, especially on the women’s side, to have so much success. It’d be amazing to get a win tomorrow,” Tanguay said.
Tanguay, who ranks 42nd on the Volvik Race for the Card Money List, finds herself in a good position to accomplish that heading into the final round as she is the leader by one. The win would mean a little more to the Oklahoma grad as she has taken a shine to the event and venue.
“I think this is my favorite event so far,” Tanguay admitted. “Everything is great about it. The hotel, the casino, the food, everything with the golf course and the people. Everybody is so excited that we’re here and the golf course is in amazing shape too so it’s just been great.”
GRICE ON THE GRIND: Casey Grice (College Station, Texas) is one of several players who have competed in all four of the events thus far in the Symetra Tour’s Midwest swing.
“It is difficult,” Grice admitted. “This is my second year so I feel that I learned a little bit from doing it last year. I’ve played every tournament and I plan on playing all of them. You just learn. You learn to take the start of the week a little bit slower. Maybe not play as many holes. Maybe just practice a little bit especially with this week and next week being the fourth and fifth weeks I just need to implement that and listen to my body and what it’s telling me to do.”
Grice, who ranks ninth on the Volvik Race for the Card, has had a solid swing so far with a T5 at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship and a T19 at the Four Winds Invitational. The Decatur-Forsyth Classic Presented by Tate & Lyle and Decatur Park District was an unofficial event due to weather. The North Carolina grad will look to add a win to that resume.
“Just the same as it’s been all week,” Grice said of her approach going into Sunday. “There’s a couple of reachable par fives and I’ll try and put myself in position to where I have a lot of wedges in on par-4s so I can give myself a lot of opportunities and enjoy the moment.”
EAGLES FOR CHARITY: For each eagle made at the 2015 Island Resort Championship the player carding the eagle will receive $100 and the Island Resort Casino will donate $100 to the Wounded Warriors Project.
On Friday, seven eagles were made and $700 was donated. Saturday, four additional eagles were carded bringing the total raised for the Wounded Warriors Project up to $1,100.