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The W&L golfer sat atop the pack for a second day — and she got there at a speedy pace.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Sara Moir continued to mash the accelerator in Wednesday’s second round of the Roanoke Valley Women’s Golf Association’s City-County championship.
Tooling around Blue Hills in a fast-paced 18 that took a shade under 3 1⁄ 2 hours, Moir posted the lowest number for a second straight day, carding a solid 1-over-par 72 that vaulted her to a nine-shot lead heading into today’s final round at Botetourt Golf & Swim Club.
When asked if it’s a large enough cushion to start thinking about winning the biggest tournament of her life, the 19-year-old rising sophomore at Washington and Lee refused to go there.
“Not really,” Moir said. “I’m just looking forward to the round and trying to shoot another consistent round. Anything can happen in golf. You don’t want to ever get too far ahead of yourself.
“If I could pull it off, it would be pretty special. It would just show how far I’ve come. I feel like I’ve come a long way.”
No kidding, girl. Only 5 1⁄ 2 weeks ago, the daughter of Roanoke College men’s basketball coach Page Moir shot 91-89 and finished 33 shots behind winner Sara Cole in the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women’s championship.
Now, she sits at 2-over 141 through 36 holes with 18 left to play. Former champion Becky Bondurant shot a second straight 75 and sits nine strokes back.
When asked if she can chase the leader down today, Bondurant responded with a quick snicker.
“She’s very young and it’s hard for someone in the category we’re in to chase someone that young down,” said Bondurant, 66. “But you never know. It’s golf, you never know. There’s a lot of places you can make [big] numbers [at Botetourt].”
Recent Cave Spring graduate Jessica Hart, who started the day tied for second with Bondurant after a first-round 75 at Hanging Rock, struggled to an 80 and stands third at 155. Botetourt’s Carol Brenner (81) is fourth at 158, with Cole (79) fifth at 159.
Besides Moir’s ongoing demolition job on the field, the biggest story Wednesday was the pace of play. Moir, Cole and Leigh Lacy raced around the course like they were all double-parked in downtown Roanoke.
“Oh, my God, we flew,” Moir said. “It’s fun if nothing is rushed. I don’t like to waste a lot of time out there.”
Obviously, the top women on the scoreboard are adhering to the United States Golf Association’s recent plea for all golfers to play the game at a quicker pace.
“[The guys] watch too much TV,” Bondurant said. “We just get up and hit it and go! You hit it, if you miss it good, you go and hit it again … yeah, while we’re young!”
Sweltering 90-degree heat also put a burr under some saddles.
“You have to get around the golf or otherwise you’ll die from heat stroke,” Bondurant said.
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