FORMER AUBURN STAR T12Carlie Yadloczky (Casselberry, Florida) made seven birdies in round one to post a 3-under, 69 and is in a tie for 12th after day one.
“I’m hitting it well, I’m putting well, I made a few mistakes, but I stayed in it,” said Yadloczky. “You really have to take it one shot at a time especially with these greens, they are super fast. I think I did pretty well staying focused and in the round.”
Yadloczky went to Auburn from 2009-2013 and now resides in Opelika with her husband, Quindarius Carr, a former wide receiver at Auburn.
“This is a second home event to me,” said Yadloczky. “I know a lot of people coming out this weekend so it will be fun to have them cheering me on. It is just fun to be around home and have so many people say War Eagle.”
DUBREUIL POSTS LOWEST ROUND OF 2017Desiree Dubreuil (Santa Ana, Calif.) dropped a 6-foot birdie putt on nine to finish the first-round with a 67, her lowest round of the 2017 season. She is in a tie for third.
“To close with a birdie is really good,” said Dubreuil, who played college golf at Texas. “My caddy, Rachel, told me I owed her one more putt and it went right in. It was nice to roll some putts in today.”
She attempted 28 putts on the day.
Dubreuil has been struggling with her putter of late. She has missed the cut in the last two events. She got her putter regripped this week by Paul Boehmer (club repair) and got a putting lesson from fellow professional Jennifer Bermingham.
“I have a pink grip now instead of a red one so that obviously makes a big difference,” said a sarcastic Dubreuil. “I was having a hard time starting the putts where I was looking so Rachel bought me a ruler and we’ve been grinding on the ruler all week. Jennifer also has been helping me with some visualization things because she is also a Class-A LPGA Teaching Professional.”
HANNAH GREEN TALKS GETTING TO PLAY WITH MENHannah Green (Perth, Australia) won last week at the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout to pick up her second victory of the season. She opened the Guardian Championship with a 67 and is in a tie for third.
“I hit the ball really well and then was able to hole a lot of putts,” said Green, who ranks fourth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. “I had a really good group so was it was a nice walk.”
Green won last week to leave no doubt where she will be playing next year. It has relieved pressure and loosened her up on the course.
“Now that I officially have my card, it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder,” said Green. “Now I can just play and try to make as much money as possible and climb the leaderboard. It has definitely brought a lot of confidence to this week.”
It was announced today that Green has received an exemption into a PGA of Australia event in late October and will play against the men after the Symetra Tour season.
“I’m playing in the Western Australian Open, while I was home they asked if I wanted to play and I said yes,” explained Green. “I played a couple times as an amateur and was no where near making the cut, but this time I think I have a pretty good chance as it is played at Royal Perth, a course I am pretty familiar with. It’s only ten minutes up the road from where I live.”
Green will play the same yardages as the men, but says the course is narrow and on the shorter side.
“If I’m hitting it well enough and putting it well, I should be alright.”
MOBILE NATIVE FEELING GOOD VIBES IN PRATTVILLEAvery George (Perry, Georgia) was born and raised until middle school in Mobile, Alabama. She said on Thursday that she felt good about the week and got off to a great start on Friday with a4-under, 68.
“My ball-striking was great,” said George, who hit 17-of-18 greens in regulation. “My putter has been lacking of late, but I made more today. Off the tee was great and I hit a lot of greens, which made the difference.”
George is a huge Alabama football fan and still has a place in her heart for the state.
“The southern hospitality is great, I have good vibes here,” said George. “I’m back in my home state, I like it out here. The people are very nice. It definitely makes me feel at home.”
George, who has one top 10 finish this season, feels confident she can make a run at her best finish of the season.
“As long as I’m hitting it like I am, I think the putts will eventually fall,” said George, who nearly drained a 55-footer on 18 for birdie. “I just have to keep hitting the right marks on the greens.”