Sumo-sized shifts in momentum

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

The first three rounds of the Alberta Ladies Amateur Golf Championship saw more momentum shifts than two sumo wrestlers on a water bed.

Adrienne White led Jil Swenson by three strokes after round one. Jil Swenson led Adrienne White by four strokes after round two.

After round three, it's dead even.

So, in a rematch of last year's provincial championship's final round, Red Deer's White and Edmonton's Swenson will settle it once and for all this morning at Wolf Creek.

"I can't figure out whether I like leading or chasing better," said Swenson, who's done a little of both after rounds of 76-69 and 74. "But I'm not making it easy on myself. It felt like I shot a million, I was scrambling from everywhere."

White, 73-76-70, made up the four-shot deficit yesterday with some tremendous scrambling and touch around the greens.

"Every time I thought she'd make a bogey, with an errant tee shot or landing in a bunker, she'd recover really really well," said Swenson. "She was getting up and down and making some long putts. Her game was pretty solid."

The pair is five shots clear of third-place Lindsay McMillan and nine ahead of Meaghan LeBlanc, so it's pretty much a two-horse race.

"I'm not going to try and be too match-play focused," said Swenson, who has a lot of experience with links golf, having just returned from the British Amateur Championships.

"I'll just play the course, play my game, and hope the putts fall."

And hope that after the field is cut to the top 30, it'll be faster than the six-hour gong show yesterday.

"It was a marathon," said Swenson. "It was three hours for the front nine. It's pretty bad when you get to the third tee box and there's three groups there.

"We teed off on the third hole and it was already an hour. An hour to play two holes and a tee shot. It was stupid slow out there."


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