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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
WARRENTON — Floyd’s Amanda Hollandsworth was raised by her parents to be tough-minded in whatever she takes on in life.
Well, Barry and Susan Hollandsworth’s daughter was right on cue Tuesday.
In a quick turnaround coming off her disappointing loss to collegian Lauren Coughlin in the Women’s Amateur Championship last Saturday, Hollandsworth answered with a 1-over-par 73 to take a one-shot lead on Troutville’s Lyndsey Hunnell heading into today’s final round of the 44th VSGA Junior Girls Championship at Fauquier Springs Country Club.
Hollandsworth said the experience of playing in the women’s amateur’s deciding match should help her today when she attempts to capture the junior girls’ title for a second straight year. Her older sister, Jessica, won the crown three times — 2005, 2007 and 2008.
“Being in that pressure situation is going to be helpful,’’ said Hollandsworth, a 17-year-old rising senior at Floyd County High who has verbally committed to Virginia Tech.
“I have to play the course and not think about the other girls. I can’t play them; I have to play the course.”
Hunnell, who has verbally committed to Virginia for the 2014-15 season, posted a 1-under 34 on the front side and remained in the red until she suffered three consecutive bogeys on hole Nos. 14 through 16 coming home.
Haymarket’s Khushboo Thiagaraj, Spotsylvania’s Megan Frederick and Vienna’s Shannon Brooks are tied for third, three shots behind Hollandsworth.
Roanoke’s Kristin Hearp was victimized by two double bogeys and a triple bogey and finished with an 81, that left her tied for 12th overall. She is tied for third in the 14-15 division, five shots behind Brooks.
Blacksburg’s Katie Turk was tied with Hunnell for the lead following a front-side 34. However, she collapsed on the much tougher inward nine, making four double bogeys in a back-side 48 that left her at 82 and tied for 16th.
Roanoke’s Meagan Board posted an 85 and is tied for 23rd. Floyd’s Morgan Cox shot 88.
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