No 3 a watery grave at Saucon Valley


BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Players today at the U.S. Women’s Open will be relieved to see that the pin on the par-4 3rd hole at Saucon Valley is 27 paces from the front edge of the green, making it less likely there will be so many balls in the water. During Thursday’s first round, player after player went after the front pin position (just 12 feet from the edge) and spun their ball back into Saucon Creek.

There were 45 bogeys, 18 double bogeys and 14 “others” (i.e., worse results) on the hole Thursday, including a 10 from amateur Ashleigh Albrecht. Among the other victims were Sarah Lee (quintuple bogey), Katherine Hull, Janice Olivencia, Jin Joo Hong and Jee Young Lee (quadruple bogey), Helen Alfredsson and Stacy Lewis (triple bogey) and Paula Creamer (double bogey).

The hole averaged nearly a stroke over par (4.806), ranking the most difficult in the first round, and yielded only seven birdies.