Swenson's amazing 69 gives her lead

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:02 AM ET

It's one thing to shoot your personal best on a Saturday afternoon with your buddies - it's quite another to do it in a provincial championship when you absolutely need it most.

After a disappointing 76 to open the Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship, Edmonton's Jil Swenson found herself four shots off the lead and knew she couldn't afford to lose another inch of ground.

So she came back yesterday with the best round of her life - dipping into the 60s for the first time in her golfing career.

"I played the same game I did in the first round, but this time some putts dropped," said Swenson, after a 69 at Wolf Creek moved her from sixth place to the second-round lead. "I was really strong off the tee and actually capitalized on some putts."

Her personal best came down to seven feet for birdie on 18.

"I knew I was putting for 69," she laughed. "It was tense."

She now has a four-shot lead after 36 holes, which is nice, but hardly secure given the landscape.

"I said after the first round that it's a long tournament and the scores will bounce around a bit because the Wolf is so unpredictable," she said. "I just want to be consistent, I know that something around par, even a 72, would be solid. If the wind stays down it's definitely scoreable."

Adrienne White of Red Deer (73-76) and Calgary's Meaghan LeBlanc (72-77) are tied for second at 149.

DQ TREAT: Candace Pasechnik of Calgary was in third place, two shots off the lead after round one, but got hit with a disqualification for signing the wrong scorecard. In tournaments, golfers carry and fill in their playing partner's scorecard, but Pasechnik and Kim Cammer, who was also DQ'd, wound up putting their opponents scores on their own cards.

"We took the scorecards, wrote them down all day and never looked at them," said Pasechnik. "We signed them and when we looked at the scoreboard it said Kim shot 74 and I shot 79. We're like, no, no. It's the opposite. They said no it isn't, look at your scorecards."

After some discussion, AGA officials told the girls they could both continue in the tournament.

"But the next morning, they were out.

"I was on my way to the driving range and an AGA official came up in a cart and said we need to talk," said Pasechnik.

"They said they made a committee decision this morning and we're both gone.

"Monday night they said it was fine, just let them change the scorecards, but the next morning it was a different story.

"It was kind of a rough morning. We were there and ready to go.

"We stayed another night in the hotel. It's really upsetting for me."

Mark Roe was two shots off the lead at the 2003 British Open when he and Jesper Parnevik made the same mistake. Both were disqualified.


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