Fifth HOF women's golf title in sight for Swanson Jun 14, 2011  (8 years ago)

By Randy King
Jun 14, 2011, 23:11

Meredith Swanson drives on the 18th hole tee at Blacksburg Country Club during her even-par opening round Saturday. Photo by MICHAEL SHROYER

BLACKSBURG -- Meredith Swanson's drive for five is off to a strong start.

Swanson moved closer to her fifth Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women's title Saturday, as she carded an even-par 72 at Blacksburg Country Club to take a four-shot lead on Laura Davis heading into today's final round at Blue Hills.

Swanson, 20, never worked up a lather in the sweltering 90-degree heat, playing an even-keel round that included three birdies and three bogeys.

"I feel good about my round," the South Carolina junior said. "I felt like I played solid, putted pretty well, didn't miss any short putts, I felt like I made all the putts that I needed to. I had a few errant drives that kinda cost me on my bogeys.

"Other than that, I had a lot of fun out there. I love playing with the ladies."

As she should. Finish the deal today, and Swanson will become the second-biggest winner in women's HOF history. Only Salem's Dot Bolling, who has eight titles, would stand ahead of her on the list.

Davis, a Southwestern Virginia native who started playing golf seriously five years ago, and promising 15-year-old Lyndsey Hunnell of Troutville, who carded a 77, kept Swanson at least somewhat in sight. Swanson buried the field last year by 12 strokes.

Roanoke's Sue Smith (79) and Blacksburg's Carin Wollman (82) complete the top five.

Besides Swanson being atop the leaderboard, the day's biggest surprise was Bolling. The Salem resident made a quintuple bogey-10 at the par-5 13th and limped home with an 84.

"I hate golf," said Bolling, as she looked for her golf ball on No. 13.

Bolling, whose 24 victories in the Roanoke Valley's two women's majors may never be matched, won't get No. 25 today.

Led by Swanson and Hunnell, Roanoke Country Club took a two-shot lead in its bid for a third consecutive team title. Botetourt Golf & Swim Club is two shots back in second, with Hanging Rock third, four strokes off the pace.

Saturday's first-round results of the 33rd Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women's championship played at Blacksburg Country Club. Final round today at Blue Hills.

Meredith Swanson (Roanoke CC) 36-36--72 Laura Davis (Hanging Rock GC) 37-39--76 Lyndsey Hunnell (Roanoke CC) 38-39--77 Sue Smith (Ole Monterey GC) 39-40--79 Carin Wollman (Blacksburg CC) 41-41--82


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