Ginny Burkey of Eugene, Ore, and Lisa Smego of Olympia, Wash. lead the 16th Washington State Women’s Best-Ball after a first-round score of five-under-par 67. RMG Club at Oakbrook is hosting the 36-hole Four-Ball format Championship September 21-22.
Smego and Burkey had just one error on their day with a bogey on the par-4 fourth hole. They managed to make the turn at one-under-par 35, but really caught fire on hole 11, turning in three-straight birdies and posting a four-under-par 32 on the inward nine. Smego and Burkey won the Pacific Northwest Women’s Senior Team Championship last week at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.
Trailing Smego and Burkey are Kim Titus of Anacortes, Wash. and Kelly Gardner of Gig Harbor, Wash. The defending champions are four shots behind the lead at one-under-par 71. Titus and Gardner played well, but could not get birdies to fall on their front nine. They carded pars on every single hole until the hole 10, when Gardner made birdie. Another birdie on hole 14 and a bogey on hole 17 leave them with some ground to make up in tomorrow’s final round.
In third place are Denise Kieffer of University Place, Wash. and LoriAnne Johns of Tacoma, Wash. at two-over-par 74. Kieffer and Johns made four birdies throughout their opening round, but six bogies put them seven shots off of the lead.
Final round play will commence with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start again on Tuesday, September 22.
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