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Port, Seo tied for lead after two rounds of women’s state amateur championship

Don’t look now but eight-time state champion Ellen Port is in good shape to win her ninth title.

Port, who is the John Burroughs golf coach, is tied with Chesterfield’s Hanule Seo at 2-under in the Missouri Women’s Golf Association’s Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of Creekmoor in Raymore.

Port began the second round two shots back. She started off Wednesday (July 9) with a birdie on the first hole. Steady pars and two more birdies landed Port in the lead with her score of 3-under 69. That gives Port a 2-under 142 for the tournament.

Recent University of Oregon graduate Seo, who graduated from MICDS, started off her second round with a bogey on No. 1 but then put together a string of four birdies on holes five through eight that had her at 3-under at the turn. Three bogeys on the back and two birdies later, she finished tied with Port at 2-under.

First-round leader Brooke Cusumano, who will be a sophomore at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, began round two holding onto a slim one-shot lead over a strong field and excellent scoring conditions at the course.

As good as it was in the first round, Cusumano’s putts just didn’t seem to fall Wednesday, dropping her down to fourth place with scores of 71 and 75.

Gianna Misenhelter (Overland Park, Kan.) had five birdies with two bogeys to finish 1-over after round two and moving up the leaderboard into third place just three shots back of Port and Seo.

An impressive round by Jordan Chael (Overland Park, Kan.) had five birdies on the front with a single bogey and looking at 4-under at the turn.  Three bogeys followed by two more birdies on the back improved her spot to finish tied for fourth with Cusumano. Chael’s second-round 69 followed her opening round score of 77.

Reigning Missouri Junior Champion, Logan Otter shot 2-under in the second round and is low junior so far in the tournament with a 147. Otter, of St. Peter’s, will be a junior this fall at John Burroughs. Otter is closely followed by Audrey Judd (Olathe, Kan.) who is only one shot back at 148 after her 71.

Defending state champion Catherine Dolan, of Ballwin, is tied for eighth place with a 149 on rounds of 74-75.

The final round of the MWGA Amateur Championship will start at 8 a.m. Thursday (July 10).

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