Swenson tackles howling Wolf

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:03 AM ET

Despite a wicked wind howling at the Wolf, Jil Swenson went out and shot herself a career high.

The Sherwood Park golfer fired a 69 at Wolf Creek course, just outside Ponoka.

She grabbed the second-round lead in the Clarica women's amateur and mid-amateur.

She's also eligible for the mid-amateur and leads that as well, so naturally Swenson, who is at 5-over for the tournament, was pretty pleased with her effort yesterday.

"That's my lowest ever. I've shot 70 a bunch of times but I just couldn't convert and make the last putt," said the 25-year-old with a laugh after her round.

"So it's up there.

"It's rewarding to do it now, especially on a tough track like this with the wind howling."

Her stellar card included birdies on No. 1 East, No. 5 East and No. 9 South, along with a couple of bogies on the par-70 layout.

Swenson, who works for a printing company and is the junior program director for the Edmonton Golf Association, now boasts a four-stroke lead over Red Deer's Adrienne White with two rounds remaining.

Calgary's Meaghan LeBlanc, who led after the opening round, shot a 77 and is tied with White for second at 9-over.

Edmonton's Jade Polonich is tied for fourth at 11-over with Calgarian Lindsay McMillan.

In the mid-amateur flight, which is 54 holes and wraps up today, Swenson has a huge 18-shot lead over Calgary's Kim Carrington.

"Once that's out of the way, I'll focus on the amateur," said Swenson.

Meanwhile, the $28,000 Golf Supply House Alberta Assistants' Championship got underway yesterday at Cottonwood Golf and Country Club.

Tim Debolt of River Spirit and Edmonton's Blair Buttar share the lead following the first round after they shot 5-under 67.

Edmonton's Mike Belbin is alone in third, one shot off the pace.

The final round goes today.


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