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Gone with the wind: Salas loses Stanford's scorecard

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Lizette Salas can testify to just how windy it was Friday at Sebonack Golf Club.

It blew her scorecard away.

Actually, it was Angela Stanford’s scorecard, a pretty good card with Stanford posting the low round of the day (68). As is golf’s custom, Salas was keeping the card for her playing partner.

“I have never lost a scorecard,” Salas said. “I don’t know what happened. It just kind of flew away.”

When Salas left the 18th green, she couldn’t find the scorecard. She suspects it fell out of her pocket somewhere on that hole as she pulled something else from her pocket. The card tumbled across the ground where a fan picked it up and eventually returned it.

What would have happened if Salas lost the card? Stanford would not have been DQ’d. Under the Rules of Golf Decision 6-6a/7, Salas would have been allowed to reconstruct a new card for Stanford to sign in the scoring area.

Aside from that scare, Salas managed well in Friday’s winds. She posted a 72 to get in the hunt in another major. Salas is at 4 under overall, good for fourth place when she signed her card. Salas played in the final Sunday pairing with Inbee Park at the Kraft Nabisco but faltered to a tie for 25th. She's using the experience to fashion a better ending this weekend.

With a strong finish, Salas will push to make her first U.S. Solheim Cup team. She’s ninth on the American points list, and she must be among the top eight to earn a qualifying spot. There are double points available in the major this weekend. This is one of the last four qualifying events.