Now things get interesting.
After the first two rounds of the Women’s City Tournament were played at the more modest length of 5,332 yards, the championship flight will be lengthened today to 5,994 yards.
While that may sound like bad news, the long-hitting players atop the leader board welcome the change.
That includes Karley Dobis, who shot a second-round 6-over 78 on Sunday at Coyote Creek Golf Club, her home course, and has a one-stroke lead over Allison Curtis and Lauren Gant heading into the final round of the Fort Wayne Women’s Golf Association tournament.
Honestly, I’m used to that (longer length). Normally I play this course from the white tees, said Dobis, 19, who is a sophomore on the Ball State team. This is my home course and hopefully that experience will help me (in the final round).
We play that sort of length normally in college and it’s got to be an advantage for the collegiate players like me and Allison. We’re used to it.
Curtis, a junior on the IPFW team, agreed.
I’m ready for it. It was actually kind of different playing this (short) yardage after what we play in college because you’re relying on your sand wedges, and it’s been kind of different, Curtis said. I’m excited to get back to hitting the clubs I’ve been hitting for almost a year.
Curtis had the most entertaining pairing of the day, since she played with her IPFW teammate, Ashton Taft, whose caddie was another Mastodons player, Brenna Sherwood.
It was really funny. It was just relaxing and we got to talk a lot. But we are pretty competitive too, Curtis said.
Curtis posted a 77 but was caught by Gant, the former state high school champion. After a first-round 82 seemingly took her out of contention, Gant had an early-day 68.
Taft is in fourth place at 8 over, after she carded a 77. Sarah Dusman, who plays for Indiana University, shot a 76 and is in fifth place at 9 over.
Kim Gottwald, who trailed Dobis by one stroke for the lead at the start of the day, dropped back to sixth place at 10 over, thanks to an 82.
And former champion Lori Stinson, who shot a 79, is in seventh place at 11 over.
It was a lot harder today, Dobis said. The greens were rolling a lot faster and I was missing a couple of short putts, not hitting the best shots or making a lot of solid contact. I kept grinding and it turned out to be an OK score, but I was hoping for a lot better today.