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Weaver captures Lanco Ladies title
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
If there was one area where Alli Weaver could have improved after Monday’s first round of the Lanco Ladies Amateur Championship, it was hitting more fairways.
Although the 2009 Warwick High School grad was out in front by just one shot over Suzette Crandall and Deb Landis, courtesy of a 5-over 77, she was frustrated by going just 6-of-14 on the fairways.
In Tuesday’s second round, she missed only one.
So it was hardly a surprise that Weaver carded a 74 and captured her first-ever Lanco Ladies crown with a two-day total of 151 at Pilgrim’s Oak Golf Club in Peach Bottom. Landis, who shot an 81, finished runner-up eight strokes behind with a 159, followed by Crystal Quinn (160). Crandall and reigning L-L champ Lauren Smith, a 2011 Ephrata grad, tied for fourth, each with a 161.
"They didn’t have the pins so easy today or yesterday, but it’s always fun to win," said Weaver, who won the L-L League and District crowns as a senior at Warwick in 2008. "It’s always an experience. It helps when you hit a lot of fairways and I hit 13 or 14 greens, so that helps too."
Weaver, who transferred to Murray State University following a year at the University of Akron, has been gaining confidence as she proceeds in her golf career. With her experience, she has learned that there are no guarantees even after taking the first-round lead.
"The way I look at it is I can always take something from every tournament that I play," Weaver said. "Even though I was leading the first day, that doesn’t mean you can win. You have to stay focused and stay positive that you can still play good the next day."
That focus helped her finish with four birdies on Tuesday. Weaver scored all of those on the front nine — on holes two, four, five and six — on her way to a 1-under 35.
After competing at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at Bandon Dunes (Ore.) in June, it made the greens at Pilgrim’s Oak look a lot easier.
"Coming from Bandon Dunes, the greens out there were ridiculous," Weaver said. "I’ve never played on greens like that. It was crazy. Just coming back here, I was used to these greens more. So it really wasn’t that difficult. But they did have the pins on some hills and it was tough … you really had to have the right speed to make the putt."
There were a couple of other birdies that she missed, but she was pleased with her score.
"That’s always frustrating when you know you should have made (the birdies) and you just didn’t," Weaver said. "Overall, I’m happy. You can’t really be upset with the scores I had, but there’s room for improvement."
Weaver is hoping to make that improvement next Monday at York Country Club, when she tries to qualify for the United States (USGA) Women’s Amateur in Rhode Island from Aug. 8-14. As for the 2012 Lanco Ladies, time will tell if Weaver returns to defend her title.
"Next year I’m going to be in some pretty big tournaments, so it just depends the days that they fall on," she said. More WEAVER, page B-3