VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA TEXAS SHOOTOUT. Gerina Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Gerina Piller has the 54 hole lead at the Volunteers of America Shootout at  Las Colinas Country Club.

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Local favorite Gerina Piller shot a third round -4 under par 67 at the Volunteers of America Shootout to post a 54 hole total of -14 under par, and will take a two shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

Gerina says she needs to improve her putting, she wants to win in front of her family and home crowd;

“I felt like I gave myself opportunities, had some great shots, just couldn’t get some putts to fall.”

“These greens are pretty tricky and they have a lot of slope to them so you definitely have to give them respect.”

“But I don’t feel like I kind of like barely got by with eight pars, I felt like I could have been a lot lower. So definitely a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.”

“I didn’t look at one leaderboard all day and I knew that if I played my game, I know I could make five or six birdies out there.”

“So I can’t control the outcome. For example, last week, just because I didn’t win, I still consider that a winning performance for me.”

“I felt like I played well, I just wasn’t good enough. There’s always a coulda, shoulda, woulda, but that’s one of those things, you’ve just got to go out and hit fairways and hit greens and get it close and make putts.”

“I mean, yeah, it would be awesome, it would be ideal. But the cool thing about it is no matter how I play tomorrow, I know that they’re going to be proud of me and we’re going to go back and hang out and they’re not going to think anything different of me, so it’s pretty cool to have that support.”

Tied in second place are two South Koreans, Amy Yang, -6 under par 65 today and Mi Jung Hur, -5 under 66, both with -12 under par tournament totals.

Two more South Koreans share fourth spot, Jenny Shin, -6 under 66 today and Sei Young Kim, -3 under par 68, both at -10 under par.

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Round 2 Suspended, Gerina Piller Leads.

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Round 2 of the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout was suspended due to  inclement weather, Gerina Piller leads.

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Local girl Gerina shot a bogey free completed second round of -6 under par 65 to sit on top of the now suspended second round leaderboard at -10 under par.

Gerina said she has been playing well;

“I have been playing really solid and my game feels great and we’ve just got to keep pressing on and just use all the clichés, just be patient and kind of take care of what I can take care of.”

“I can’t take care of what the girls, what they’re doing out there, but I can hit a fairway and I can hit a green so that’s just kind of my focus.”

“I don’t get to have my family out a lot so having them out definitely takes my mind off of it because I just love spending time with them.”

“ By the same side it’s hard to get in your tournament routine when you go back home and you might have laundry to do or dishes to put away, something that you don’t normally do on the road.”

” Tuesday trash day.  So you’ve kind of got to remind yourself that it’s a tournament and just stick to your routine.”

Eun-Hee Ji is in second place following her second round -5 under par 66, giving her a -9 under par 36 hole total at Las Colinas Country Club. Poor Eun-Hee has been fighting against allergies this week, the windy conditions not helping any,  but is beginning to feel better;

“Actually, it was a lot better this morning, but when wind starts it just getting a little bit worse, yeah.”

“ But it’s a lot better than yesterday actually.”

First round leader Mi Jung Hur is currently in third position at -8 under par, but has yet to complete her second round, with six holes left to play.

Brooke Henderson,  who Monday qualified for this event last year, was in the early group this morning, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity, carding -3 under 68 today, for her -5 under total, and T6;

“It was a lot more scoreable than it was yesterday, especially in the morning it was a little bit softer after the rain last night and the greens were holding and you were able to be aggressive.”

“I didn’t really take advantage as much as I would have liked, but three under is a solid round and I’ll have to be better on the weekend.”

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Mi Jung Hur Leads 1st Round.

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Mi Jung Hur leads after the 1st round of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Las Colinas, shooting -5 under par 66, which included a bogey five on the 5th hole.

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Gerina Piller, So Yeon Ryu and Eun-Hee Ji all share second place with opening rounds of -4 under par 67.

Home town girl Gerina said it was strange sleeping in her own bed during a competition;

“It’s a little tougher this week being a home game and having family in town and just staying at home, it’s hard to go home and go to bed.”

 “You want to do the dishes or stuff like that.”

“Definitely have to be more conscious with your time and how you prepare just like any other week because you’re at home and it’s kind of pulling you opposite directions.”

“I mean, I know that I’m playing really well and I’ve had some really good finishes, so that’s golf, you’ve just kind of got to ride that and just keep pressing on.”

So Yeon played well, a bogey free day, even her putting was good;

“Today I shot 17 greens, and even when I missed I was still able to putt it, I was just off the green.”

“So I think today my shot was really great, I just comfortable with everything and like driver, iron, wood, everything was great.”

“Even putting was really great.”

“The only one disappointing thing is I missed a 5 foot birdie putt at the last. But I had a bogey free round today, so it was a really simple round.”

“I feel like today was kind of a little breezy, but after that happened in San Francisco, this is nothing, just baby wind.”

“Even when I had like strong wind, I feel like really easy to control it and really easy to decide what I need to do.”

“So I think it was really big help, really, really big help after having really, really windy day in San Francisco.”

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Haru Nomura Wins.

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Haru Nomura wins the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic  at Lake Merced Golf Club, in San Francisco.

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Haru, from Japan, carded a final round +1 over par 73 for the final round, in the windy conditions that dominated play this week, to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic with -9 under par total.

She said, via an interpreter, that she was not nervous on the day,

“No. I’m never nervous.”

 “This weather very cold, so sometimes bogey is okay.”

“You guys will find this strange, but I like windy situations.”

“I like playing in the wind. I like tough situations, so when I spoke to the caddie, even before the championship last week in Hawaii, I told him, I’m going to come here and win this tournament because I really like this course.”

“I enjoy this course. I’m glad that I was able to deliver on what I told my caddie.”

Lee-Anne Pace was in second place, four shots off the lead at-5 under for the tournament. Signing for a final round +2 over par 74 in the tough conditions, which she said was insane;

“Personally, insane.”

“No, look, it was freezing. It was very, very gusty.”

“A lot of the shots you stood over and it was just really, really difficult to commit to the lines, everything. It was a very tough day out there.”

Lee-Anne started the day with five straight bogey’s, and gave herself a good talking to;

“What are you doing?”

 “No, you know, my caddie came to me again, and he said to me, everyone is going down, be patient.”

“I know we made some mistakes, but come on, let’s get it back to even par, and that was our goal, and we got it back to two over, so nearly reached the goal and got a good result in the end.”

Tied in third place at -4 under par were Gerina Pillar, +1 over 73 today and Na Yeon Choi, +3 over 75.

Gerina had family watching her, and keeping her up to date with the carnage that was going on around her;

“I got a few updates, one of my cousins was watching so she was kind of giving me an update of what was going on.”

“It’s actually kind of cool because it kind of took my mind off of my game and what I had to do today, and just because it’s so windy.”

“I was kind of more worried about him than I was my own game.”

No three-peat for World number one Lydia Ko, she scored a +3 over par 75 today, leaving her at -1 under for the tournament, and T6.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Haru Has Last Round 3 Shot Advantage

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Haru Nomura from Japan, has a 3 shot advantage going into the final round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco.

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 Haru carded a third round -1 under par 71 to take control of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic leaderboard at -10 under par for 54 holes of the competition.

At the conclusion of the round, played in very blustery conditions, Haru, and her caddie Jason McDede, and also playing partner Minjee Lee,  met with LPGA rules officials for around 45-minutes talking about Haru’s stance in the greenside bunker at the 6th hole where she was seen to be having trouble taking a proper stance;

“What happened was the bunker on number six, the greenside bunker on the left, it was slopey, so I was trying to take a stance, but I kept slipping downhill, and in order to get a firm stance, I had to; even when I had to do a practice swing, I had to swing real hard, and when I did, I kept moving forward again and again.”

“There was no option but to move like that, but they were saying that I was moving excessively, but what I was trying to tell them was, okay, then what is the guideline.”

There should be some sort of a standard, a regulation that explains what a fraction is and not. So that was what was going on.”

Some very sad TV viewer, who must sit watching with the rule book in their lap,  sent an email the Officials, this is the statement from the  LPGA Rules Committee;

“Rule 13-3 , A player is entitled to place her feet firmly in taking his stance, but she must not build a stance.”

“An email was sent to LPGA.com stating Haru may have violated Rule 13-3 – by “building a stance” in the greenside bunker on Hole #6. This was relayed to the Rules Committee who went to the television production trailer to review the footage of the incident. The Committee reviewed the video, and after a discussion with the player and her caddie, it was determined that no breach occurred.”

By contrast, some months ago Branden Grace had a ball come to rest, in long grass on top of a bunker, and tried to take a stance in the steep slope of the bunker. He called for a referee and was given a free drop away from the bunker.

Lee- Anne Pace, with a -3 under par 69 moving her up the leaderboard, while just about everyone else went backwards today, shares second place with Ha Yeon Choi, -1 under 71 today, both ladies at -7 under par for the tournament.

One of those in reverse today was World number one Lydia Ko, recording a third round +1 over par 73. to be T5 at -4 under par in the competition.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu Leads.

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So Yeon Ryu leads the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic after the first round in San Francisco.

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So Yeon Ryu

 

So Yeon carded a bogey free 1st round -9 under par 63, a new tournament record, to lead the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic by two shots at the and of day one in San Francisco, and said she got lucky with an early tee time, and enjoyed some good putting;

“Well, I was kind of lucky to tee it off really early.”

 “I had a really fresh green, no wind.”

“Also San Francisco is really cold in the morning, but this morning it was just perfect temperature.”

“Then I think today everything was just great. My tee shot was great. I only missed one green today. I shot 17 greens. Putting was really good.”

“I think I pretty much complete everything, also I hit the ball a little longer.”

“So I feel pretty much comfortable with the long game. We were just more working on my short game, especially my putting.”

“I have been working with Ian Baker-Finch as well, so Ian and Cameron been discuss about my putting as well.”

“So, yeah, feels really good to have really good team.”

Haru Nomura is in second place, an opening round -7 under par 65, keeping her in touch with the leader.

Tied in third place at -5 under par are Xi Yu Lin and Christel Boeljon.

Xi had talks with her caddie on how they go forward;

“Well, she is very experienced because she used to be player, we been working together for a long time. We know each other.”

“So I decide to just tell her all my feeling, and sometimes just get the feeling this club is right even it doesn’t look right. So I just tell her. I telling her everything.”

“I’m so nervous hitting this drive or I don’t like this pin position, so let’s hit to the middle of the green. We talk a lot. Like soon as I make it clear, I can have a good rhythm.”

Defending Champion, World number one, Lydia Ko opened with a more modest -4 under par to be T4;

“I mean, it’s a tough course so you almost need to take advantage of the holes where you’re coming in with shorter clubs. I guess those are kind of like the par-5s.”

“If they become reachable, then if we make an eagle, that’s just an extra bonus”

“It’s tough, especially with the rough being lush. When you get those birdie opportunities you need to try and grab them. Yeah, there is not really one particular hole. But to me, I think No.4, the par-4, is one of the toughest holes on the course.”

“Even if you’re hitting a short iron with the way that hole is kind of set up, if you come off with four pars at the end of the week, that’s pretty good.”

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