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The rising sophomore at Washington and Lee fires off a career-round of 3-under par 69 to top the leaderboard after one day of play.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Sara Moir couldn’t have picked a better time to play the best round of golf in her life.
Finally fully recovered from a bout of mononucleosis in the spring that put her game on the skids, Moir carded her lowest score ever — a 3-under-par 69 — to take a commanding lead after one round of the Roanoke Valley Women’s Golf Association City-County at Hanging Rock on Tuesday.
With defending champion Lyndsey Hunnell of Troutville competing in the VSGA Junior Girls Championship in Warrenton and 16-time winner Dot Bolling playing in the Virginias-Carolinas Team Matches, Moir made four birdies and a last-hole eagle-3 to surge to a six-shot lead on teenager Jessie Hart and former champion Becky Bondurant.
“It was a career round. It’s the first time I’ve shot under par in a tournament and the first time I’ve shot in the 60s,” an excited Moir said.
The 19-year-old rising sophomore at Washington and Lee had good reason to be ecstatic. The 69 comes off last month’s Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women’s championship in which she shot 91-89.
“It was really a long road getting back,’’ said Moir, the daughter of longtime Roanoke College men’s basketball coach Page Moir. “Now I’m finally completely over it and I’ve been able to take a lot of time in the past month to play and try to get back to where I was. I’m feeling better about my game than I have in a long time.”
Moir came out of the gate on fire, opening her round with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2. After a bogey on the par-3 third hole, Moir responded with a birdie at No. 6 to make the turn in 2-under 33.
“I was a little nervous,’’ she said. “I felt like I was playing well and just tried to tell myself to stay consistent and don’t screw up anything.”
After going birdie-bogey at Nos. 16 and 17, the long-hitting Moir reached the par-5 18th in two shots and jarred a 6-foot putt for eagle.
“I was excited for this tournament,’’ said Moir, whose previous low tournament round was an even-par 72.
“Afterwards, it was fun to call my parents and my grandparents and tell them about it. Dad was at basketball camp and the rest of them are all doing stuff.”
Hart, who will begin her college golf career at Carson-Newman next month, got home in 3 over despite a cold putter.
“I probably had six or seven putts inside 12 feet that were either for birdie or for par and didn’t make any of them,’’ the recent Cave Spring graduate said.
“I would love to make up some ground [today]. I see this as an opportunity, but also just trying to have some fun with some ladies I’ve never met before. It was a lot of fun. It was a change from playing with these ladies from playing with the guys in high school.”
Botetourt’s Carol Brenner is fourth at 77, with last month’s Hall of Fame champion Sara Cole tied for fifth with June Reed at 80.
Today’s second round will be contested at Blue Hills. The 54-hole event winds up Thursday at Botetourt Golf & Swim Club.
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