Eda: TOPS with completion of round
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) _ Debbie Massey’s 13 points held up through a challenge from local favorite Nina Foust Saturday and she held on for a one-point victory in the third round of the $400,000 Pat Bradley International.
Massey, playing in the first threesome to tee off, won $6,000 for the best score in the field of 72 at Willow Creek Golf Club. Foust, 70th on the LPGA money list, won $3,000.
The top 36 scorers advanced to Sunday’s final round, where they will battle for $62,500 first-place money. The 36 players who went home each received $1,000.
Saturday’s scores do not carry over to the final round.
Massey, in her 13th year on the tour, played in regulation through the first four holes before hitting a 6-iron shot to within 12 feet at the fifth hole for a birdie and three points. Using good shots with her fairway irons, Massey birdied three of the next four holes for 12 points through the front nine.
On the back side, Massey bogeyed two of the first three holes to fall back to 10 points. She sank a 10-foot putt at 13 for a birdie and her final total. She has only two victories on the tour, the last one in 1979.
Foust, who grew up about 30 minutes from the Willow Creek course, took the lead at 14 points after making a short birdie putt at the par 4, 14th. A bogey at 15 tied her with Massey, but she three-putted from 25 feet on the 18th green and fell back into second place.
Kathy Postlewait, Lisa Walters and Dawn Coe had 10 points apiece. Sarah Anne McGetrick collected 9 and five players had 8 each.
Defending champion Martha Nause, who survived a five-way playoff at sunrise for one of the final two spots in the third round, got no points and missed the cut.
The tournament is being played under a modified Stableford scoring system, in which a golfer gets five points for an eagle, three points for a birdie and nothing for par. Golfers lose a point for a bogey and three points for a double bogey and worse.
Myra Blackwelder, the leader after the first round, had minus 4 points and missed the cut. Pat Bradley needed birdies at the 17th and 18th holes for 4 points and gained a spot in Sunday’s last round.