Leona Maguire was left to rue a closing hole double-bogey at the Kroger Queen City Championship Presented by P&G which dropped her down the leaderboard and left her signing for a one-over par third round of 73.
The Cavan native got off to a bad start with a bogey 6 on the 2nd but back-to-back birdies on the 4th and 5th got her to eight-under for the tournament before another bogey-birdie swap on the 11th and 13th and then the closing double left her on 6-under overall and in T18 position.
Stephanie Meadow meanwhile continued her battling form, having fought hard to make the cut she recorded a bogey-free third round of 69 which included three birdies and the 2nd, 3rd and 9th before she parred all the way home. Meadow is now in T22 position on five-under par.
Leading the pack is two-time LPGA winner Ally Ewing who fired a five-under 67 in her third round which included three birdies in her first four holes and she is one stroke ahead of Mexico’s Maria Fassi heading to the final round.
Ewing’s three-day total of 200 ties her career low on the LPGA Tour and it’s only the second 54-hole lead of her time on Tour. The last time she slept on the lead was the 2020 LPGA Drive On Championship Reynolds Lake Oconee, which she went on to win.
“It was exciting to get out to a good start,” said Ewing, who made back-to-back birdies on holes one and two with another coming on the par-5 fourth. “My mindset going into today was to play within myself and go out, execute shots, and I did that really well. Unfortunate bogey on 18. It’s a tough hole and didn’t get a ball up and down. Really happy with how I played and how I handled myself, and obviously in a good position for tomorrow.”
Maria Fassi, who sits one back at -15 after matching Ewing’s 5-under 67, made four birdies and one bogey to turn in 33, but the highlight of her round was no doubt a holed flop shot on the par-5 15th for eagle.
“We were saying that it was honestly the worst spot I could have left myself for my third shot, and my only thought was try to hit it as high as you can. Of course the result was extra, but I hit a fantastic golf shot and very happy that it went in and I could get some momentum for the last few holes,” said Fassi.
Sitting in solo third is Xiyu Lin and she is followed by quartet of players that includes last week’s runner-up Megan Khang and 12-time LPGA Tour winner Ariya Jutanugarn.