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Tough weekend ends for Grier

August 27, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Ashley Grier's early-morning start to complete the second round of The Gettysburg Championship ended by mid-morning Sunday.

It also ended her tournament, as she missed the cut after finishing with a 6-over-par 42 on the back nine that left her at 11-over 83 for the round and 14-over 158 for the tournament - well below the cut at 152 in the Duramed FUTURES Tour event at The Links of Gettysburg.

"I pretty much figured I needed at least two birdies," said Grier. "Any shot out of the rough was tough. (Scoring-wise) that might be my worst."

Vikki Laing, of Musselburgh, Scotland, shot a final-round 69 for a 9-under 207 to claim the $14,000 first prize. Laing finished her second round Sunday morning with a 68 to surge to the top. Violeta Retamoza, of Mexico, finished second at 210 and won $10,000.

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For the third straight day, players played lift, clean and place in the fairway and were treated to soaked, heavy rough.

After lightning and rain halted play Saturday afternoon, players returned for a 7:15 a.m. restart on Sunday and Grier went to the par-5 fourth hole, her 13th of the round.

With the cutline expected to be around 150, Grier needed at least two or three birdies coming in to secure a spot in the final round. One potential birdie was set up right away as she resumed play.

Starting 175 yards from the fourth hole, Grier left her approach from out of the rough about 20 feet short of the green, then followed with a short chip to leave a birdie putt of 18 feet. But she knocked her putt 6 feet past the hole and wound up with a double-bogey 7, knocking her hopes astray.

On her way to the fifth tee, Grier looked skyward, knowing it would be tough to rally.

"I hit that (birdie) putt too hard," she said. "After that (bogey) putt missed, I pretty much knew that sealed it."

Grier followed with another bogey, again having to hit out of the rough on the par-4, 374-yard fifth hole. Grier managed two pars on the last four holes. On the par-5 seventh, she again was short out of the rough, leading to a bogey.

NOTES: Smithsburg coach Dan Neff, Grier's coach in high school, was the scoring monitor for her group for the second round Saturday and Sunday. ... The FUTURES Tour concludes its season Sept. 7-9 with the ILOVENY Championship in Albany, N.Y. ... Grier will need a strong showing to get in the top 90 in earnings to automatically get her FUTURES card for next year.

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