Carolina Women's Amateur: Miranda leads despite testy 18th

May. 22, 2013 @ 05:22 PM

One bad hole certainly soured Kathryn Miranda’s round at the Carolinas Women’s Amateur golf tournament on Wednesday.

But it didn’t ruin her day or kill her chances to win the championship.

Despite a triple-bogey on No. 18 at Treyburn Country Club, Miranda holds a one-stroke lead entering today’s final round.

Miranda, from Lexington, S.C., was 3-under par for the day and 4-under for the tournament until she reached the par-4, 361-yard hole No. 18. But an errant drive found a bunker and her misadventures began.

“I got a little nervous and shot my drive out to the right,” Miranda said. “I wound up in a bunker and had to punch out. I went from the bunker to the green. It happens. That’s something I am going to have to overcome is being able to finish. It’s a little disappointing but it’s Ok. I’ll figure it out.”

After shooting 1-under 71 in Tuesday’s first round, Miranda still holds a 1-shot lead at 173. Her Wednesday round included birdies on No. 1 and No. 9 and an eagle on the 400-yard, par-5 No. 11.

A college golfer at the College of Charleston, she’s confident in her overall game despite her triple-bogey.

“I feel like it’s very good,” Miranda said. “Everything I’m doing is solid. I’m hitting the ball solid. I’m hitting some putts. I’m hitting a lot of greens, too. I’m hitting the ball well and hitting some putts.”

Miranda is just in front of Bahama’s Meghan Moore, a former Northern High School player who played collegiately at East Carolina and UNC Pembroke.

Moore has recorded consecutive rounds of 72 which leaves her at even par 144 entering the final round.

“I’m pretty happy that I’m even par,” Moore said. “That’s kind of what my goal was. I made a lot pars but I left a lot of birdies out there. That’s how it goes. Overall, I played pretty steady and consistent.”

Moore bogeyed her first hole on Wednesday but didn’t let it bother her much. She recorded seven consecutive pars and closed her front nine with a birdie.

“Sometimes if I bogey the first hole I know I can get it back,” Moore said. “There is a lot of golf to play.”

On her back nine, Moore also began with a bogey. But she responded with a birdie on No. 11 and closed her round with seven more pars.

“I’m just trying to be patient,” Moore said. “I’m just going to try to stay steady and play my own game. Hopefully a few roll in there for me.”

Defending champion Katie Rose Higgins of Charleston, S.C., is also back in the hunt. After shooting a 74 on Tuesday, Higgins shot a 70 on Wednesday and is tied with Moore one shot behind Miranda.

Higgins recorded nine consecutive pars to start her round before a bogey on No. 10 put her 1-over for the day and three-over for the tournament.

But Higgins quickly rallied. She eagled the par-5 No. 11, birdied No. 16 and scored pars on the rest of her back nine.

“I was a little bit frustrated with that (bogey),” said Higgins, a college golfer at South Carolina. “But I got patient and eagled the next hole.”

As for successful repeating as tournament champion, Higgins knows the task won’t be easy.

“The leader board is a little bunched at the top,” Higgins said. “I know that if I shoot what I’m capable of shooting, I’ll be in good shape. Overall last year I won because I stayed calm the whole time. I need to do that (Thursday) to have a chance.”