Stephanie Meadow alongside teammate Giulia Molinaro remain in a great position despite failing to recreate the fireworks of a day two 61 at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA Tour’s first-year team event.
The pair had combined for a stunning nine-under par in Friday’s fourballs but in the more difficult foursomes format, the pair never quite fired; posting just one birdie and two bogeys in a one-over par round of 71.
It leaves the Jordanstown pro and the Italian sharing 11th spot at nine-under par ahead of tonight’s final round, just two strokes behind second place but seven behind Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura who shot a 7-under 63 in alternate-shot play Friday to open a five-stroke lead.
Clanton and Suwannapura birdied five of the last seven holes on the front nine and played the last five holes in 2 under, making three birdies and a bogey.
“I think because we pretty chill, like ‘You hit a bad shot, like OK, I’ll fix it, don’t worry,'” Suwannapura said. “So everybody kind of like relaxing the game today, so the result pretty good.”
They had a 16-under 194 total at Midland Country Club, with a best-ball round left Saturday.
“Each hole’s an opportunity,” Clanton said. “How many opportunities can we give ourselves. One of those things where as many fairways and greens as you can hit and if the putts go in, great.”
Suwannapura, from Thailand, won the Marathon Classic last year for her lone LPGA Tour title. Clanton is winless on the tour. They had an alternate-shot 67 on Wednesday and shot a best-ball 64 on Thursday.
“Today, I think what we did was quite impressive just with our ball-striking in general,” Clanton said. “Jasmine’s putting’s on point. I think you’ve just got to look at it as it’s just another opportunity to play and the more that you can think of the fact that it’s just another day on the golf course, we’re going to go out and try to do what we’ve been doing, the better it’s going to be.”
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