Round 3 Recap
August 8, 2021 by Bennett Wineka in Recap with comments
With one more opportunity to pick up birdies at Sunset Hills, the Open Women’s field at the Ledgestone Open did their best to reel in the leaders on moving day.
- She didn’t post the hot round, but a 7-under par day from Paige Pierce sees her once again extend her lead over second place. Pierce is now nine strokes clear of the division at 18-under par total. After going bogey-free and 8-down through 11 holes, Pierce saw her first true test on the putting green on hole 12, which has tormented the FPO over two days, with a three-putt bogey. While she would earn the stroke back on the next hole by parking her drive, it slowed her momentum and she finished 1-over on the final five holes. Pierce leads the field in both strokes gained from tee-to-green, 20.70, and strokes gained putting, 7.72.
- Catrina Allen is making a run at the podium after putting up the hot round of 8-under par to move up five positions into a tie for fourth with Maria Oliva at 7-under par total. Her bogey-free day was the only blemish-less round at Sunset over two rounds, and could have been even a notch better if not for three two-putts. She’s only two strokes behind second place Missy Gannon, 9-under, and one behind third place Sarah Hokom, 8-under.
- Kona Panis is now nearing a top 10 finish with a 7-under par third round elevating her 14 spots into 13th at 5-over par total. She hit two Circle 2 putts Saturday, including one to get the eagle on the par 5 hole 6. Only Panis and Oliva recorded the eagle on the day.
- Oliva is in a good position to record her best ever Elite Series finish. Her current high was seventh place at this season’s Masters Cup.