Nothing Rocky about this win

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:10 AM ET

Yo, Adrienne, you did it!

Actually, she did it again. In a sequel that would have made Rocky proud, Adrienne White captured her second consecutive Clarica Alberta Ladies Amateur Golf Championship.

Adrienne II was much like the original, with the 20-year-old from Red Deer scoring a final-round victory over Edmonton's Jil Swenson.

They were dead even heading into the final 18 holes at Wolf Creek, but White's 72 trumped Swenson's 75.

"I kind of thought about last year a few times when we were out there," said White (73-76-70-72-291).

"It helped me relax a bit ... just the experience of being in the final group on the last day, and knowing that if you hold it steady you're going to turn out all right."

It did, and now she's a two-time provincial champion at 20.

"No complaints," laughed White, who has two years left at the University of Louisville. "We had a battle going pretty good there."

White, who birdied the first two holes out of the gate, took a two-stroke lead into the back nine.

"I just kind of relaxed a little bit and I knew if I held it steady coming in it would make her do the work," she said. "Neither of us played really well the last two holes coming in but I managed to hold it together, I guess."

Swenson was just one stoke back with two holes to play, but back-to-back double-bogey blow-ups on 17 and 18 spoiled any hopes for a comeback.

"It was a tight battle all day," said Swenson, 76-69-74-75-294. "It just frustrates me that I let it slide on the last two holes."

The back-breaker came on 17. Both players missed the green and short-sided themselves in the fescue. After sailing her pitch over the green, Swenson chipped to four feet and missed the bogey putt. White made bogey for a two-stroke lead.

"I tried to get a sand wedge on it as best I could and hit it a little too far," said Swenson. "I guess I underestimated the rough. And the putt, I kind of came up on it, wanted to watch it go in the hole. I probably pushed it, feeling the pressure. That sealed the deal right there."

Needing a two-shot swing on 18, Swenson put her drive in the rough, chunked it, knocked her third shot over the green, ran her fourth shot over the green the other way and two-putted for six.

"On any normal day I'd stand up on that tee and whale it over that pot bunker no problem," she said. "Chalk it up to nerves, and probably carrying a little aggravation from the previous holes, but things happen."

HOPE FOR RYANS: In the men's provincial championships, there's a pretty good chance Ryan will take the title today at Glendale - what with three of them leading the tournament through 54 holes.

Ryan Lecuyer is atop the leaderboard (69-72-70-211), Ryan Vallely is second (73-70-69-212) and Ryan Swelin is third (75-70-70).

Vallely, who played in the final group at the Edmonton Amateur championship two weeks ago at Broadmoor, losing by two strokes when Tom Skinner hit 45-foot putts on 17 and 18, will do so again today.

"I enjoy it, I enjoy it a lot," he said. "When there's all kinds of people around, for whatever reason I seem to get up for it a little more. The applause of a good shot, having family and friends in the gallery, it's exciting."

The three Ryans tee off at 9:33 this morning.


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