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Symetra golfers bunched heading into final round at Goffstown tourney

Special to the Sunday News

August 09. 2014 8:08PM

Wie-Ling Hsu of Chinese Taipei is hugged by Catherine O'Donnell of Ponte Vedra, Fla., after Hus birdied 18 to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Symetra Tour New England Charity Classic at Stonebridge CC in Goffstown on Saturday. (HARRY KOZLOWSKI photo)

GOFFSTOWN - Wei-Ling Hsu of Chinese Taipei shot a 4-under-par 68 Saturday and to hold a one-shot lead over two golfer golfers heading into today's final round of the Symetra Tour New England Charity Classic at Stonebridge Country Club.

Hsu started the day at one-under in eighth place but made the jump with an error-free round. She made the same number of birdies as Friday but eliminated the three bogeys that pulled her score down.

"The front nine is tough and even the par threes are pretty long here," said Hsu. "I just wanted to stay at even par on the front."

Right behind her are Kendall Wright of Duluth, Ga., and Katie Kempter of Albuquerque, N.M. at 140.

Kempter had a second round 71. She rallied from making three bogeys on the front to four birdies on the back nine. "Just solid golf and getting the putter going on the back nine," said Kempter, who started the day in second.

"Good position to be in right below the leader. I kind of like that spot," said Kempter. "I can sneak up from behind."

Wright shot 69 Saturday. "I'm playing good, keeping it in play off the tee," said Wright. "Just hitting a lot of greens and waiting for the putts to fall."

Other golfers had strong rounds to put themselves into contention Sunday. Megan Khang, a 16-year-old amateur from Rockland, Mass., shot the day's second-best round. a 5-under 67.

A low round of the tournament, a -6 66, was shot by by Sadena Parks

She started the day tied for 53rd and is now in a tie for third. "My putting was different today," said Khang. "Yesterday I hit good shots but I just couldn't convert them."

Ten other golfers are tied at 3-under with Khang. Six golfers are tied at 2-under including round one leader Lacey Agnew, who might have saved her chances Saturday with an eagle on 18.

"I had a couple of three-putts but had a strong finish and I'll take that going into tomorrow," said Agnew.

Local 14-yearold amateur Lauren Thibodeau shot 16-over 88 to end her tournament at +31 175, but she was thrilled to have had the experience. A large number of friends and family to came out to watch her.

She put on a good show through 11 holes where she was just 2-over but things got away from her in the final seven. "You're gong to lose some strokes on this course. It's so long, for one thing, and it's tricky," said Thibodeau.

"She can't really compare herself, to a pro when she's 14 and hasn't even started high school," said her mom, Kristen Thibodeau.

"She wants to go to college. She's in no rush to turn pro," said Kristen "Everyone gets to where their going at their own pace. I want her to have balance."

The final round is today with the first tee time at 7 a.m. There's a $100,000 prize pool with the winner earning $15,000.

Only four events remain in the Symetra tour where the top 10 money winners will earn an LPGA tour card fro 2105. The current leader Hsu is fourth in winnings. Seven of those at 3-under are in the top 20.

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