Prammanasudh In Charge


Futures TourAVON, Connecticut -- With only six tournaments remaining in the Futures Golf Tour season, Stacy Prammanasudh knows another win would help solidify her chance of earning one of the five exempt 2004 LPGA Tour cards awarded to the top five money winners.
But for now, the second-ranked player on the Futures Tour only wants to close out the week with another victory. Her first and only professional win came April 27th at the Frye Chevrolet Classic in Wichita, Kan. With six top-10 finishes in eight events, the Enid, Oklahoma native wants to end her summer winless streak that has included a second and two third-place finishes. She's been close too many times and hopes to end it at Blue Fox Run Golf Course.
'I'd like to win, but it's the money that counts at the end,' said Prammanasudh, who fired a second-round 69 to hold a one-shot lead at 136 (-6) going into Sunday's final round of the $60,000 Lincoln Financial Futures Golf Classic presented by Mohegan Sun. 'I hit a couple of squirrelly shots today but I made a few good ones too. So it all evens out.'
Prammanasudh battled Seol-An Jeon of Seoul, South Korea and Soo Young Moon of Keumsan, South Korea for most of the round. Jeon finished one shot back with a 70 and Moon carded a 69, deadlocking the Koreans in a tie for second at 137 (-5). Lori Atsedes of Ithaca, N.Y. carded a second-round 68 to charge into position at 3-under-par 139.
'I hit a lot of terrible shots but I made a lot of up and downs,' said Jeon, who is 12th on the Futures Tour money list. 'I really, really want to win and I've been trying for a long time.'
Jeon birdied the first hole to take an early lead, but played nip-and-tuck golf with Prammanasudh and Moon for the front nine holes on the 6,156-yard, par-71 course.
Jeon rolled in a birdie putt from 12 feet on the 12th hole, then chipped in from 10 yards on the 13th for a one-shot lead over the Oklahoman. But she bogeyed the 15th hole to stay at 5-under.
Prammanasudh rolled in consecutive birdie putts on the 13th from six feet and the 14th from eight feet to tie Jeon with four remaining holes. She missed the green and didn't get up and down for par at the 15th hole, but birdied the 17th with a 20-footer to take the lead. Moon birdied the 16th hole, but stayed a shot back, tied with Jeon.
'Today was a good round, but it could have been lower,' said Moon, who rolled in three 45-foot putts for birdie and made her only bogey on No. 7 with a three putt from 45 feet. 'I made most of the long putts, but missed a lot of short ones.'
Moon won the first tournament of the season in March at the Lakeland Futures Golf Classic and battled back from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in late May, when she was ranked first on the Futures Tour Money List. She is currently ranked fourth in earnings.
Perhaps the second day's most interesting round was that of Blue Fox Run teaching professional Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Conn., who shot a 1-under-par 70. Whaley played the back nine holes first, recording a 5-under-par 30, but recorded bogeys on holes 3, 6, 7 and 9 to play her second nine holes at 4-over 40.
'The 30 was my lowest nine holes in competition, but I don't feel good about the back nine at all,' said Whaley, who is tied for 16th at 143 (+1). 'I got impatient and I just didn't get the job done.'
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