Studin takes early lead at NYS Women’s Am

Round one of the 2013 NYS Women’s Amateur Championship saw a talented field struggle with wet conditions and the length of the championship course. Still, Rebecca Studin battled against the elements to take an early lead on Tuesday at Country Club of Ithaca. After an eight-month hiatus from tournament golf Studin, playing out of Cornell University Golf Course, scored an impressive two-over par round of 74.Studin began her round with an errant tee-shot on the first hole. However, an admittingly nervous Studin, reigned in her swing and hit the ball consistently throughout the remainder of her round.“I had a little trouble with putting on the front; I had a couple of easy putts that I missed or just seemed to slip away,” Studin said about the other aspects of her game. Her putting improved on the back and she took advantage of the opportunity to score low. On the par-three 11th and the par-three 13th, Studin scored her two birdies of the day, sinking a twelve and fifteen foot putt, respectively.Though Studin is an experienced N.Y.S. Women’s Amateur participant, she has not previously won the championship title. As she looks forward to the possibility of winning this year, she must keep in mind that there are still two rounds of golf left to play. Currently, there are five women within three strokes of the lead including Jenna Hoecker (Brook-Lea Country Club), who finished the round only one stroke behind Studin.Defending Champion, Ellen Oswald, who captured the 2012 title held at Seneca Falls Country Club, tied for sixteenth with a first round score of 81.Women’s Mid-Amateur ChampionshipRound one of the 2013 NYS Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship seemed all too familiar for two-time defending Mid-Amateur Champion Teresa Cleland. Cleland, playing out of Bellevue Country Club, opened with a four-over par round (76) at Country Club of Ithaca, giving herself a four-stroke lead in the Mid-Amateur Division.“The biggest thing for me today is that I picked up on the speed of the greens,” Cleland commented on her first round. “There are some solid par-four’s out there and if you don’t hit the green in regulation, you need to be able to get up and down and putt out, so to get the speed helps a lot.” Cleland’s knack for green speed lead her to score a notable eleven pars and two birdies in her opening round.As she looks forward to the second round, Cleland says she will keep one thing in mind: “play Ithaca, don’t worry about what anyone else is doing, just play the smartest way that I can.”Lauren Algiero (Whippoorwill Club) and Patricia Mayne (Western Turnpike Golf Club) finished tied for second with first round scores of eight-over par (80).Play resumes tomorrow, July 10th, at 8:00AM off of the 1st and 10th tee. Pairings and tee times can be found on the NYSGA Women’s Amateur website.

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