It was different for Hamilton’s Alena Sharp on Saturday at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ont., compared to the first rounds when she shot a pair of 66s, but she still feels as if she has the good karma going despite being three shots back with one round to go at the Manulife LPGA Classic.
“It was tough today. The greens are definitely firmer and we had a lot of downwind shots, that it was just impossible to stop. You’re kind of playing defensive a little bit, like hitting it, hoping that it stops,” said Sharp.
“I had to hit a couple chips or long putts after hitting good shots, just got to kind of just let it go and know you’re going get some chances,” she said.
“I’m not sure how that’s going to be (Sunday), but it was good to get through this round. I didn’t hit it as great as I would like to, but my putter saved me and I got a lot of up and downs,” she added.
“I feel like I got good vibes. One more round (Sunday) and we’ll see how that goes,” said Sharp, who shot a bogey-free 70 and is tied for fourth at 14 under. Her playing partner in the last group on Saturday, Lexi Thompson, leads at 17 under after she shot a 67.
“Lexi shot five under today. She played really well. Neither of us had a bogey. She used her length to her advantage for sure. She hits it like 30 by me when I hit it good,” said Sharp.
“I feel like if I can get out there and get hot early and post the round, you never know what happens. All the wins I’ve ever had when I was a kid I was always coming from behind. I like the position,” added Sharp.
“Having wedges into these greens when they’re this firm is really a big advantage. (On Sunday), I’ve just got to stay aggressive and keep it in the fairway and go after it,” she added.
Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., who regularly plays the Symetra Tour, is tied for ninth at 12 under after she shot her second 67 of the tournament. For more on Marchand’s day, click here.
Brooke Henderson, who bogeyed the first hole, then went bogey-free the rest of the way in posting a 68, is tied for 14th at 10 under.
“It got really windy out, there so I’m really happy. A 68, got to move up a little bit. Hopefully (Sunday), I can make a little bit bigger climb,” said Henderson.
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