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Grier closes her Open with an 80

July 02, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. - Ashley Grier's week-long U.S. Women's Open experience is over.

When the last putt dropped on Saturday to complete her second round, the Hagerstown native finished with a 9-over-par 80 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, leaving her far from the cut line with a 19-over 161 for her two rounds.

"It was a fun experience," said Grier. "People still cheer for you each hole, no matter where you stand. I know I did my best."

Grier's second round was delayed a full day when rain suspended play Friday before she ever teed off.

Starting on the back nine, Grier opened with a par, but then bogeyed 11 and took a double-bogey on 12.

"I had a knockdown 6-iron to the green, but the ball rolled off the side and I ended with a double and from that point on I pretty much knew I wouldn't be making any cut," said Grier.

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Grier played the next 11 holes in a very respectable 2-over, but closed with four straight bogeys.

"I didn't have anything to lose, so I was going for pins," she said. "After 12, I knew it would have to be birdie, birdie, birdie."

Grier's main setback came in the opening round when a quadruple-bogey 8 helped balloon her score to 10-over-par 81.

"That put me in the hole in the first round," she said. "I would have gladly taken a 76, 77 that first day. I know the scores weren't very good, but I know I can compete and know what I need to do to compete against the great players."

Grier will not compete on tour until the next DuramedFUTURES event, the CIGNA Classic in Bloomfield, Conn., July 13-15. She'll go to Syracuse, N.Y. the following week, take two weeks off and then begin a three-week swing through Morgantown, W.Va., Queenstown, Md., and Gettysburg, Pa.

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