After Tuesday, three golfers are tied for the Michigan Women's Open second-round lead, taking three different paths to the top.

Laura Kueny rode a strong front-nine performance and held on, feeling confident heading into today's final round at Crystal Mountain's Mountain Ridge Course.

The first-round leader, Ashley Tait, is no longer alone at the top after a 1-over 73.

And LPGA veteran Jean Bartholomew surged into contention with the best round of the tournament so far, carding a 5-under 67.

She went through the day without a bogey until hitting some bunker trouble on No. 17. She then made up for it with her sixth birdie of the afternoon on 18.

"I'm feeling very confident with my putter right now, and I'm striking the ball well," Kueny said. "I think (today) is my day. I jokingly told my mom that I was just taking it easy on the field these first two days. I don't want to embarrass them too bad."

Clarissa Fields is the next closest with a 1-over 145, joining Bartholomew and Kueny as the only golfers to break par for the round. DeWitt's Stephany Fleet and LPGA veteran Cindy Figg-Currier are at 146.

Kueny -- a Whitehall native who was eighth here last year and runner-up in 2009 -- birdied five of the first nine holes and then played the back nine 1-over.

"That back side keeps getting me. I can't get anything on the back side," Kueny said. "It was that way (in the first round). I came off nine with a birdie and a few before that and then couldn't get anything going on the back.

"I threw in two three-putts. One was for par on a par 5. It could have been better."

Unlike Kueny, Tait was able to get some below-par scores on the back half. She birdied 12 and 16, but bogeyed 13 in between.

"I wasn't hitting it that great," Tait said. "Not bad, just not great. I wasn't getting up and down like I was (Monday).

"I'll play better (today)," Tait said. "I've got a few things I have to work on, on the range. That's what it comes down to. I just need to give myself more birdie chances."

Tait said the damp, chilly weather played a small factor.

"It was a little bit, because the course played a little longer," Tait said. "The greens were slower. I had a few shots where (Monday) I could have run them up to the green and (Tuesday) they were short."

Tait -- who had her 15-year-old sister Jaylee caddy for her -- was one of few players who played the round in short sleeves.

"Colorado is not much different," Tait said. "We actually didn't even pack Under Armor."

Bartholomew began 3-under on the first four holes, and after finishing the front nine with a birdie, she started off the back the same way.

"I hit a really good drive into the wind," Bartholomew of the 10th hole. "That played totally different (that the first round). I hit a gap wedge to within about eight or 10 feet."

After coming up short on her No. 16 approach, she saved par with a two-putt effort from the fringe.

"I was happy, but I wasn't excited," Bartholomew said. "I was trying to play one shot at a time. You can say that, but it's hard to do."

She had to play Saturday's pro-am event with borrowed clubs after hers didn't arrive with her on Friday, which took away from her early ability to get a read on the course.

Traverse City Central's Chelsea Guoynes shot an 80 Tuesday for a two-day total of 157.

Traverse City native Gaby Muller, who just completed her freshman year as a walk-on at Michigan State, ended the second round with an 81, a four-stroke improvement from the day before. She's at 166.

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