Wilson Earns Final Pairing


Futures TourYORK, Pa. - First round leader Caryn Wilson of Rancho Mirage, Calif., rightfully earned a spot in the last pairing for the final round of the season-ending $75,000 York Newspaper Company Futures Classic in York, Pa. Wilson shot a 2-under-par 70 for a 136 (-8) and will be the tournament leader for the final round of the 2002 season. She leads by one shot over Joellyn Erdmann of Little Chute, Wis., and Michelle Murphy of Tacoma, Wash. Erdmann and Murphy shot rounds of 68 (-4) on the 6,455-yard par 72 Briarwood Golf Club.
Wilson entered the second day with a one-stroke lead at 66 (-6). She got off to a good start with a birdie on the par-5 475-yard second hole, but bogeyed eight and nine, falling down to 5-under-par for the tournament. Through nine holes, she was trailing Erdmann by one shot.
'I did not feel sharp enough on the front side,' stated Wilson, who played in the final pairing with current LPGA Tour member Beth Bauer of Tampa, Fla., at last years tournament in York, Pa. 'The greens were slower today and I was getting pretty frustrated with myself. I lipped out on a few birdie putts. After I made the turn, I got more focused and committed myself to playing well.'
Wilson was true to her word and wasted little time getting taking back her lead. The 41-year-old picked up three straight birdies on 10, 11, 12, making respective 30-foot, three-foot, and 10-foot putts, boosting her to 8-under-par for the tournament. Wilson parred out the remainder of her round and ended at 136 (-8).
Erdmann, a Futures Tour 2002 tournament winner, entered the second round tied for third with eight other players at 3-under-par 69. She jump-started her round carding three birdies in her first five holes on two, three, and five, and took sole custody of the lead halfway through her round at 6-under-par. Erdmann fell back one shot with a bogey on 12, but rebounded by holing her chip shot from 20 yards on the par-4 380-yard 15th hole. She followed up with an additional birdie on 16 and ended one stroke back of Wilson at 7-under-par 137.
This is an important tournament for Erdmann, who is currently 17th on the Futures Tour money list with $15,099. A win could potentially put her into the top 10, which would give her direct entry into the LPGAs Final Qualifying Tournament in October.
'I was very pleased with myself today,' said Erdmann, who won earlier this year on the fifth sudden death playoff hole at the El Paso Futures Classic. 'I knew coming into this tournament that I needed to win to have any chance of getting into the top 10. I started the entire weekend with a good attitude and it seems to be working well right now. I just want to play one shot at a time.'
Like Erdmann, Murphy was three shots off the pace entering todays round. Her 35 (-2) front nine included birdies on two and six and she turned at 5-under-par for the tournament. Murphy made a late charge with birdies on 14, 16, a bogey on 17, and registered a seven-foot birdie putt on 18 to tie Erdmann for second.
Murphy, a former three-year member of the LPGA Tour who competed previously as Michelle Wooding, stated, 'I left a lot of birdie chances out there and I got a head of myself on 17. I have only played in three tournaments this season on the (Futures) Tour and my goal is to win this weekend. Im trying to be as best prepared for LPGA Q-school this month.'
Sachie Yoshida-Lavoie of Denver, Colo., burned up the course today, carding a 6-under-par 66, which included seven birdies and one bogey. Yoshida-Lavoie has a 36-hole total of 145 (+1) and is tied for 35th with nine other players.
Current money winner Lorena Ochoa of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Christina Kim of San Jose, Calif., are tied after 36-holes with 141 (-3). Ochoa leads Kim by $1,747 on the Tours money list and the outcome of tomorrows round will determine who will place first on the 2002 Futures Tour money list.
Seventy-one players made the 36-hole cut at 149 (+5).
At the conclusion of the tournament awards ceremony, The Futures Tour will present the LPGA Tour exempt cards, awarded to the top three players on the Tours money list, giving them automatic exempt status to compete as full members for the 2003 LPGA Tour. The Tour will also present players ranked fourth through 10th on the Tours money list with direct entry into the LPGAs Final Qualifying Tournament and the following four season-ending awards: Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, the Eloise Trainor Award, and the Donald T. Ostop Series II Award.