Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 26, 2013

Missed greens no big deal

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — THOMPSONVILLE — Leader Milena Savich didn’t have a great start Tuesday in the second round of the Michigan PGA Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain Resort.

She missed the first five greens. But, in the end, she kept her spot at the top of the leader board.

“I held it together,” she said after an even-par round of 72 on the Mountain Ridge course kept her at 4-under-par 140, and one shot ahead of Ohio’s Inhong Lim, who shot 71 for 141. “It easily could have been 75 or something.”

Those two will be in the final group in today’s final round of the $40,000 tournament. They will tee off at 10:06 a.m.

The leader board is crowded at the top. After Savich and Lim, five golfers are at 142 and six more at 144.

Michigan State’s Christine Meier is among the five at 142 after shooting a second consecutive 71. She is the low amateur in the field.

Also at 142 are Alaska’s Brittany Bomar, who shot 70; Minnesota’s Rachel Schmidt, who shot 73; and Colorado’s Ashely Tait and Florida’s Erica Popson, who each shot 69.

The 23-year-old Savich, a former University of Georgia golfer with one professional win (Suncoast Ladies Tour), said the last time she played in a final group was the 2010 Indiana State Amateur Championship. she won that event.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to get to do what I love,” she said.

Savich said she held the lead for a second consecutive round because she stayed patient.

“I didn’t hit the ball as well, but every time I made bogey, I came back with a birdie,” she said. “I also made a long snake from above the hole on 14. It was like 30 feet and one out of a hundred of those go in. That helped out. It was a struggle, but I’m in the last group and that’s great.”

Lim, a 23-year-old native of Korea who went to high school in Melbourne, Australia, and ended up at Ohio State University, said being in the final group is a first-time thing for her as a professional.

“I will just try to stay in the moment on concentrate on each shot,” she said. “I am going to just focus on my game because I can’t do anything about what the other players do.”