FORT MYERS, Fla., April 18, 2015 – Legends Tour player Laurie Rinker of Florida carded a score of 5-under 67 to take a four-shot lead in the first round of the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial.
Rinker recorded six birdies and one bogey today at Cypress Lake Country Club. She was challenged briefly by Canada’s Lorie Kane, who moved to four under through 10 holes, before stumbling down the stretch to finish at three-over 75.
Wendy Doolan of Australia and Ohio native Barb Mucha each scored rounds of one-under 71 to move the closest to front-runner Rinker heading into Sunday’s final round.
Rinker credited fellow competitor Hollis Stacy for suggesting a change in her setup on the practice tee Friday. Stacy observed that Rinker was playing the ball unusually forward in her stance.
“That tip helped me a lot and I started getting my little draw back,” said Rinker. “It took me a few holes today to get comfortable with it. I’ve been struggling lately, leaving the ball out to the right, but today I kept the ball in play and made some nice putts.”
As she closed out her round, Rinker’s putter found her targets. She slam-dunked a 30-foot putt for birdie on No. 17, and two-putted a 20-foot downhill slider on the last hole to maintain her four-shot cushion.
“If you end up on the wrong side of some of these pins, it’s tough,” she added.
This week’s LPGA Legends Tour is the first combined tour event with the Symetra Tour. Legends and Symetra Tour players compete alongside each other in separate competitive rounds for separate purses. Symetra Tour players opened competition on Thursday and Friday, with players who made the cut grouped into pairings of two Symetra Tour players and one Legends Tour player in Saturday and Sunday’s rounds. Two winners will be determined on Sunday.
Four Symetra Tour players are currently tied for the lead at six-under par. One of those players, former UCLA collegian Brianna Do, competed alongside LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez in today’s round.
“I didn’t play my best, but I hung in there,” said Do, who recorded an even-par round of 72 to maintain a share of the Symetra Tour lead. “With how the day started and who I played with – Nancy Lopez – I can’t complain.”
Sunday’s final round tee times start at 7:30 a.m., with the leaders starting at 12:38 p.m.
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Here are Sunday’s final-round pairings for the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial:
7:30 a.m. Liv Chang | *Donna Caponi
7:41 a.m. Luciane Lee | *Sherri Turner
7:52 a.m. Julia Boland | *Nancy Lopez | *Sandra Haynie
8:03 a.m. Lindy Duncan | Hannah Collier | *Jan Stephenson
8:14 a.m. Shannon Fish | Jayde Panos | *Helen Alfredsson
8:25 a.m. Nicole Jeray | Grace Na | *Beth Daniel
8:36 a.m. Megan Grehan | Nicole Vandermade | *Pat Bradley
8:47 a.m. Anne-Catherine Tanguay | Renee Skidmore | *Kris Tschetter
8:58 a.m. Allie White | Emily Childs | *Terry Jo Myers
9:09 a.m. Ashli Bunch | Kelli Bowers | *Betsy King
9:20 a.m. Brittany Altomare | Brittany Benvenuto | *JoAnne Carner
9:31 a.m. Becca Huffer | Julia Roth | *Hollis Stacy
9:42 a.m. Tracy Stanford | Daniela Iacobelli | *Lorie Kane
9:53 a.m. Britney Yada | Celine Herbin | *Christa Johnson
10:04 a.m. Jessica Alexander | Brogan McKinnon | *Sherri Steinhauer
10:15 a.m. Kaylin Yost | Laura Jansone | *Michelle McGann
10:26 a.m. Sara-Maude Juneau | Emma Jandel | *Dawn Coe-Jones
10:37 a.m. Carleigh Silvers | Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu | *Gail Graham
10:48 a.m. Dottie Ardina | Natalie Sheary | *Rosie Jones
10:59 a.m. Lindsay Gahm | Su Oh | *Liselotte Neumann
11:10 a.m. Dani Holmqvist | Kathleen Ekey | *Nancy Scranton
11:21 a.m. Rachel Rohanna | Megan McChrystal | *Jane Geddes
11:32 a.m. Katie Kempter | Krista Puisite | *Danielle Ammaccapane
11:43 a.m. Emma de Groot | Ginger Howard | *Jane Crafter
11:54 a.m. Elizabeth Nagel | Samantha Richdale | *Marilyn Lovander
12:05 p.m. Emily Tubert | Cindy LaCrosse | *Meg Mallon
12:16 p.m. Augusta James | Caroline Westrup | *Barb Mucha
12:27 p.m. Lee Lopez | Laura Kueny | *Wendy Doolan
12:38 p.m. Brianna Do | Maude-Aimee Leblanc | *Laurie Rinker
*Legends Tour player
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