Traverse City Record-Eagle

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June 25, 2014

Three tied for Open lead

THOMPSONVILLE — How do you top a course record 62?

Becca Huffer came close, firing an eight-under 64 Tuesday to move into a three-way tie for the lead after two rounds of the Michigan Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain Resort.

The 23-year-old Huffer, who played at Notre Dame, is at 9-under 135 heading into today’s final round. She’s tied with the University of Wisconsin’s Kimberly Dinh and former Clemson golfer Ashlan Ramsey.

Dinh shot a course-record 62 Monday to put her up five shots on Ramsey, nine on Huffer.

“You have to throw in a low number like this (64) to catch up,” Huffer said. “It worked out. I feel like I’m playing pretty well. Hopefully, I’ll put another low round in (today) and see how it goes.”

Huffer, who plays on the Symetra Tour, shot a 1-under 71 Monday — despite a triple-bogey on the back nine. She avoided such disasters Tuesday.

In fact, Huffer shot a 30 on the front nine that ended with an eagle on No. 9.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever shot 30,” she said. “Watching that eagle putt roll in on nine was fun.”

Huffer started her career-best round with a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 1.

“I was putting well today,” she said. “I putted well (Monday), too, but my driver was misbehaving and I got into some trouble.”

Huffer, who tied for seventh last year, capped off her day with a birdie on No. 18.

“I wanted that one,” she said.

Ramsey had a chance to take a one-stroke lead, but she missed a four-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

“I hit it too firm and played too much break,” the 18-year-old said. “Bad combination. Not the way I wanted to end it. But I’m happy with the way I played. I made a bunch of other good putts today, so I’ll take the positives.”

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