Turning one Paige to the next, if only so I can use that transition, Pierce skipped the smooth par train that Bjerkaas opted for instead choosing to ride a roller coaster. I guess that makes sense with all the hills though, right? Anyways, after a similarly hot start to Bjerkaas, Pierce stepped on to the tee pad of the courses longest hole – hole 5 as previously mentioned is a monster of 1033′. Bang. Bang. Two full flex crushes and Pierce was long of the basket putting from circle 2 into a headwind. Remember though, if you’re gonna run a putt at least get it above the cage. Above the cage was Paige, but just a bit too much. No worries. She cashed the birdie putt quickly and moved on to hole 6. Ouch! Double bogey! Well, that’s fine, how about a birdie on 7? Okay back on track. Ah! A bogey on 9…all cleaned up with a birdie on 10. After a few more pars and a trickle of birdies, Paige finished with more birdies than other player and she canned 4 of 11 Circle 2 Putts today. Dang. Now to clean up those bogeys tomorrow.
Madison Walker didn’t take a single OB penalty the entire round. Making her one of only two players to never go out of bounds today – the other being Hannah McBeth who finished 2 over par, tied for 7th. There are certainly courses with harder to avoid OB lines than these but when literally 91% of the field goes OB at least once it’s safe to say it’s a part of the challenge Gleneagles provides. Despite those difficult over the hills and across valley shots, Madison played things smooth in the fairway but found some struggles on the green. A three-putt for double bogey on 8 was the first deep cut, and then the three-putt birdogey on 13 was just salt in the wound. It wouldn’t hurt for Madison to land some Circle 2 Putts either. But despite those troubles, she’s putting right on track with her season average of 60% in Circle 1X. Hopefully, some practice on the putting green tonight can get her ready to chase down the rest of our lead card.
Of course, there was a tremendous amount of great play today from folks besides the four we got into here, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with live scoring on UDisc if you haven’t yet because there are just so many stories in those numbers. For right now we’re still on eagle or ace watch, but today’s longest throw in award goes to Erika Stinchcomb, currently in 9th, for her 81’ birdie make on hole 4. Nice shot! On the topic of nice shots, let’s hear it for Kona Star Panis who was 95% on fairway hits today, she’s in 5th place now. And lastly, a round of applause for Zoe Andyke making 88% of her Circle 1 Putt’s today she’s showing that her West Coast roots are paying off, she’s currently tied for tenth. Don’t miss any of the action as the 2019 San Francisco Open presented by AbsoluteXtracts and driven by Innova heads into moving day.
This article was written by Staff Editor & Writer Zach Podhorzer.