Round 1 Recap
August 6, 2021 by Bennett Wineka in Recap with comments
The Open Women’s division was the first to take on Northwood Black at the Ledgestone Insurance Open and gave us a glimpse of how tough the track will play.
- Paige Pierce was feeling the bite on the Black course early by starting her round at 3-over through five holes with no birdies, despite hitting four Circle 1X putts and a 50-foot par save. Her fortunes turned, however, on hole 6 when Pierce threw what she described as one of her best shots of all time. After a good drive and a positional play on her second shot of the 701-foot par 5, Pierce put a full flex on a sidearm from a standstill to make the last corner and beat the final guardian trees near the basket to hit chains dead center and land in the bucket for a 230-foot eagle. From there Pierce kept up the hot putter, only missing one putt from inside C1 on the day, and was 7-under par from hole 6 through hole 18. She finished the day at 4-under par in first place with a 1010-rated effort.
- Three strokes off the lead in second is Hailey King at 1-under par. King was actually sitting at 3-under heading into the final three holes and ahead of Pierce’s pace, but had two bogeys to two birdies from Pierce.
- Off the strength of two putts made from outside C2 for long birdies, Texan Maria Oliva is solo third at 1-over par. Oliva steadied an up-and-down front 9 and at one point on the back half of the course had six straight pars.
- A logjam in fourth at 2-over par includes Missy Gannon, Sarah Hokom, Macie Walker, and Heather Young. Young, for her part, was perfect from C1X on eight attempts, and was 2-of-3 from C2 as well on the day. She leads the division in strokes gained putting.