MSU's Laura Kueny has Slim Lead at Michigan PGA Women's Open

Michigan PGA Women's OpenCRYSTAL MOUNTAIN RESORT - Laura Kueny, of Whitehall, Mich., shot  a 71 in Tuesday’s second round to hang on to the lead in the 54-hole, $40,000 Michigan PGA Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain Resort. Kueny, 21, leads Allison Fouch by one stroke. Kueny is 7-under-par through two rounds. 
 
“It was tough out there," Kueny said. "It was very windy. I couldn’t get anything going on the back nine. But I am glad I played well enough to finish under par."

Kueny, an amateur, who is entering her final year at Michigan State University, will spend Wednesday’s final round trying to fend off Fouch, 28, an LPGA player who is an MSU alum.

“It’s like match play now," said Kueny. "Every shot counts. Allison has more experience and doesn’t have as much pressure on her as I do. Everyone expects the leader to win, so I have to play more defensively.”

Fouch, from Grand Rapids, began Tuesday four strokes behind Kueny, but closed the gap by shooting 68 – the day’s low round.

Laura Kueny“I made a lot of 8 to 15-foot putts today,” said Fouch, 28, who lost the championship in a playoff in 2003.

Fouch is playing in the event for the 8th time.

“This is absolutely a tournament I want to win," she said. "I came up here with the intention of shooting good scores. I love being in this position. It will be a great learning experience to play under the pressure.”

Fouch has earned more than $79,000 on the LPGA Tour this year, including a T-12 finish at the Jamie Farr Classic in Toledo in July.

Kueny admitted that Fouch hits the ball father than she does; but Fouch complimented Kueny.

“Laura is a solid player," Fouch said. She handles herself extremely well and has a phenomenal short game,” said Fouch. “Learning to play aggressively with the lead is something she will have to do with experience.”

Lisa Strom, of Huntersville, NC, shot 70 and is six strokes behind Kueny at 1-under-par. Strom, 32, won the 2007 Ohio Women’s Open.

Allison Fouch

A group of four players are tied for fourth-place at 1-over-par, including former LPGA Tour star Cindy Figg-Courier, a Mount Pleasant native who now living in Texas.

Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa’s Mountain Ridge course is 6,164 yards long.

One-hundred and ten professional or amateur players began play in the $40,000 Michigan Women’s Open on Crystal Mountain Resort’s Mountain Ridge course Monday. First prize is $5,700. Play will conclude at the end of Wednesday’s third round. The event is open to the public. Hole-by-hole scores and results may be viewed on www.golfstat.com or via www.Michigan.PGA.com

 

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