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No putts about it in Grier's Gettysburg opener

August 23, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - If Hagerstown's Ashley Grier could have widened the cup, many of the putts she rimmed off the edge would have fallen.

That would have made a great difference in her opening-round 2-over-par 74 on Friday in Duramed FUTURES Tour Gettysburg Championship at The Links of Gettysburg.

"I had plenty of chances for birdies all day," said Grier, who had at least four opportunities slip away by the slimmest margin.

"I could have broken par and should have," said Grier, emphsizing the last two words.

Heading into today's cutdown day when she tees off at 1:20 p.m., Grier is six shots behind co-leaders Sara Brown and Kristina Tucker, who posted 68s over the 6,426-yard Links course.

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Starting on the back nine, Grier had a tee shot find water on the par-4, 396-yard 13th hole that led to a double bogey. On the 17th hole, she had a three-putt, leading to a 39 coming in.

"These were the fastest greens we've played all year on tour," said Grier.

On her back nine, Grier rebounded with a birdie 3 on the 383-yard 1st hole and a bird on the par-3 160-yard No. 3 to pave the way to a 1-under 35 on the back nine.

She had a chance to end her first round on a positive note but again, a sliding 18-foot birdie effort on her final hole slid left of the hole for par.

"I was a little disappointed after the front nine," said Grier. "I was striking the ball well."

Grier looked forward to today's round, needing a solid under-par round to get into contention.

"You just slowly try to get back in with a 2-, or 3-under round in one day," she said. "You can't get it all back in one day and I'm confident about that."

Brown, from Tucson, Ariz., who will graduate from Michigan State University in December, had identical 34s to continue her hot play after finishing third in the Richmond Classic last week.

"On nine of 13 greens, I hit the ball close, within 15 feet," said Brown, who only joined the FUTURES Tour at the beginning of June.

"I'm focused and relaxed and I'm going shopping (tonight)," said Brown, who fashioned four birdies along with an eagle.

Tucker, from Stockholm, Sweden, birdied her final hole of the day of the afternoon to move into a tie with Brown.

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