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LaChance leads Rock County field

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Gazette Staff
July 31, 2009
— Defending champion Allyssa Ferrell will be missing, but the fourth annual Rock County Women’s Golf Championship still will have a youthful look.

Ferrell, who will be an Edgerton High senior this fall, is headed to St. Louis to compete in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Meanwhile, six other high school players and a first-year college player will be among the nine participants in the Championship Flight of the Rock County tournament.


The 36-hole tournament begins Saturday and concludes Sunday. Both 18-hole rounds at Riverside Golf Course in Janesville.


Ferrell, a three-time WIAA state championship contender, shot a 2-over-par 144 in taking last year’s Rock County title by six strokes over Holly LaChance.


LaChance, a 16-time Janesville women’s city champion and the 2007 Rock County titlist, is in this year’s field. She is joined in the Championship Flight by former Beloit Memorial standout Jada Bennington, now a collegiate standout at an NAIA school in Missouri, and Rhonda Thomas, the flight’s only other entrants not currently in high school.


The Championship Flight also includes Molly Rozeboom, Katie Brossard and Jennifer Polglaze from Janesville Parker, Lindsey Beals from Janesville Craig, Karlee McCue from Milton, and C.J. Eriquez from Madison Edgewood’s reigning WIAA Division 2 state champions.


The 32-player field also includes 11 in the First Flight and 12 in the Second Flight.


Gross and net champions will be recognized in each flight, tournament manager Tom Tautges of Riverside said.


First-round tee times, with flights in parentheses:


9 a.m.—Theresa Borgenhagen (1), Laurie Sprecher (1), Connie Carter (1).


9:08—Holly LaChance (Ch), Jada Bennington (Ch), Katie Brossard (Ch).


9:15—Molly Rozeboom (Ch), C.J, Enriquez (Ch), Rhonda Thomas (Ch).


9:23—Michelle Kern (1), Emily Clark (1), Donna Bailey (1), Jan Konze (1).


9:30—Karen Brown (1), Phyllis Wells (1), Nancy Furlano (1), Mary Bernstein (1).


9:38—Mary Conway (2), Audrey McNatt (2), Lori Warren (2), Nancy Alva (2).


9:45—Sharon Kerr (2), Jeanette Schunk (2), Carol Bossel (2), Deb Wurl (2).


9:53—Karen Naatz (2), Julina Fraunfelder (2), Lora Riley (2), Gladys Stearns (2).


Ferrell at 8-over par in Junior PGA championship

At Maineville, Ohio, Allyssa Ferrell, who will be an Edgerton High School senior this fall, shot a 3-over-par 75 here Thursday for 224 total after three rounds in the rain-interrupted Junior PGA Championship at the TPC River’s Bend course.


Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., shot a 2-under 70 for a 205 total to build a four-stroke lead over Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii. The 14-year-old Thompson has led the girls division after all three days. She won the tournament in 2007.


Rain started falling as Thompson finished the last four holes. Play was suspended after the girls finished, then resumed a couple of hours later. Play in the boys division was suspended because of darkness.


T.J. Vogel of Cooper City, Fla., made it through 12 holes in the third round before play was called. Vogel led after the second day and held a three-stroke lead when play was called in the third round, which will resume on Friday morning.


Jefferson’s Schmidt wins Junior event in Edgerton

Jefferson’s Tyler Schmidt shot a 2-over-par 72 to tie for the low score in the Wisconsin PGA Junior Tour event Thursday at the Towne Country Club in Edgerton.


Oregon’s Benjamin King defeated Schmidt in a playoff for the boys overall and 16-18 age division championships.


Edgerton’s Andrew Morrison shot a 76 to take fifth overall and second in the boys 15-16 division. Janesville’s Greg Ruef was sixth overall and fourth in the boys 16-18 division with a 77.


Janesville’s C.J. Enriquez had an 8-over-over 79 for third place overall and in the girls 16-18 division.



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