Klasse Fires 4-under Round To Lead October 9, 2010 By Rhonda Glenn, USGA

An even-par 72 Sunday left Patty Moore four strokes off the lead. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)



Fort Myers, Fla. – Even with a bogey on the last hole, Leigh Klasse, 51, of St. Anthony, Minn., fired a 4-under-par 68 to lead early finishers in the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur at the 5,862-yard, par-72 Long Mean Course at Fiddlesticks Country Club.

Klasse reeled off five birdies before finishing with a lone bogey for the 68. Her score ties the second-lowest score in the 49-year history of this national championship. Betty Probasco finished a stroke lower in the second round of the 1991 championship.

Klasse started her round on the back nine and birdied the 10th after hitting an 8-iron to within four feet of the hole. She birdied the 12th hole on a 6-foot putt. At the 375-yard 16th, Klasse nailed a 5-hybrid club to within two feet of the hole and tapped it in for another birdie to go three under par.

A 6-foot putt on the par-5 first hole gave Klasse a birdie 4 and she added a birdie at the seventh when she holed another 6-footer. She was five under par with one hole to play. At the 319-yard ninth, Klasse hit her 6-iron approach shot some 45 feet to the right of the hole and navigated the slick, downhill surface in three putts for a bogey.

I was just thinking about getting down in two, she said after the round. Today I was trying to get on the greens and two-putt for par and go on. If I made a birdie, it was a bonus, but I was hitting my irons really nicely today.

Klasse was a member of Minnesota’s winning 2001 team in the USGA Women’s State Team Championship. She has never won a USGA individual championship in 32 attempts since 1981.

With half the field still on the course, Klasse is the leader in the clubhouse for medalist honors in stroke-play qualifying. She was asked about the start of match play on Monday after the field is cut to 64 players.

Klasse grinned and said, I love match play!


Fort Myers, Fla. – Early scores from the second round of stroke-play qualifying in the 49th USGA Senior Women’s Amateur at the 5,862-yard, par 72 Long Mean Course at Fiddlesticks Country Club.

Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn. - 76-68--144

Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. - 76-72--148

Brenda Pictor, Marietta, Ga. - 73-76--149

Mina Hardin, Ft. Worth, Texas - 74-75--149

Claudia Pilot, Austin, Minn. - 74-76--150

Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. - 81-70--151

Anna Schultz, Rockwall, Texas - 79-73--152

Carolyn Creekmore, Dallas, Texas - 79-73--152

Kim Eaton, Greeley, Colo. - 74-78--152

Robyn Puckett, Irvine, Calif. - 79-74--153

Carol Semple Thompson, Sewickley, Pa. - 78-77--155

Mary Gale, Worcester, Mass. - 77-78--155

Lea Anne Brown, Mt Pleasant, S.C. - 79-76--155

Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. - 79-76--155

Lisa McGill, Philadelphia, Pa. - 77-78--155

Cindy Gilkeson, Sugarland, Texas - 78-78--156

Lisa Schlesinger, Laytonsville, Md. - 75-81--156

Denise Desilet, Wichita, Kan. - 75-81--156

Deborah Jamgochian, Greenwich, Conn. - 75-81--156

Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla. - 80-77--157

Ann Lahey, Kentfield, Calif. - 76-82--158

Teresa Cleland, Syracuse, N.Y. - 79-79--158

Connie Shorb, York, Pa. - 77-81--158

Diana Chancellor, St Louis, Mo. - 82-77--159

Annette Gaiotti, Salt Lake City, Utah - 83-77--160

Sheila Haynes, Madison, Miss. - 73-87--160

Ginny Burkey, Fircrest, Wash. - 81-79--160

Anne Carr, Seattle, Wash. - 78-82--160

Cindy Bryniarski, Sun City West, Ariz. - 81-80--161

Laura Carson, Lake Bluff, Ill. - 81-81--162

Martha Lang, Birmingham, Ala. - 86-76--162

Carol Sarkissian, Covina, Calif. - 77-86--163

Joanne Catlin, Ashburnham, Mass. - 82-81--163

Marianne Towersey, Pebble Beach, Calif. - 83-81--164

Jeannie Lallensack, Tucson, Ariz. - 83-81--164

Barbara Byrnes, Mesa, Ariz. - 83-82--165

Cheryll Damphouse, Canada - 82-83--165

Kerry Rutan, Ambler, Pa. - 80-85--165

Barbara Berkmeyer, St Louis, Mo. - 85-81--166

Marcia Fisher, Canby, Ore. - 82-84--166

Linda Dillon, Winter Garden, Fla. - 84-82--166

Georgia Peirce, Boston, Mass. - 81-86--167

Karen Ferree, Hilton Head Island, S.C. - 84-83--167

Kim Clarke, Newton, N.C. - 86-81--167

Laurie Steenrod, Aurora, Colo. - 83-84--167

Nannette Wheelis, Waco, Texas - 85-82--167

Patty Kimball, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 87-81--168

Linda McMillan, Ormond Beach, Fla. - 87-81--168

Claudia Cenko, Beverly Hills, Mich. - 86-82--168

Marylou Henderson, Canada - 84-85--169

Mary Helen McElreath, Augusta, Ga. - 85-84--169

Denise Kieffer, University Place, Wash. - 83-87--170

Deborah Hughes, Denver, Colo. - 85-86--171

Lili McMillan, Orono, Minn. - 86-85--171

Rita Albertson, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 87-85--172

Marie Miyashiro, Tucson, Ariz. - 89-84--173

Mary Flynn, Eden Prairie, Minn. - 85-89--174

Carina Watkins, Baldwinsville, N.Y. - 86-89--175

Arline Hoffman, Alexandria, Va. - 84-93--177

Kathy Malpass, Evergreen, Colo. - 94-83--177

Denise Martorana, Sag Harbor, N.Y. - 86-93--179

Keiki-Dawn Izumi, Kaneohe, Hawaii - 88-93--181

Bonnie Grizzard, North Palm Bch, Fla. - 89-93--182

Louise Matthews, St Louis, Mo. - 92-93--185

Kibbe Reilly, Providence, R.I. - 95-96--191