Monday, May 20, 2019

TEBOW HITS FIRST TRIPLE A HOMER



Tim Tebow reacts in the Syracuse dugout to getting the silent treatment from his teammates after hitting his first career Triple-A home run (Danny Tripodi).

Syracuse, NY (May 19, 2019) - Tim Tebow hit his first Triple-A home run, but the Syracuse Mets fell to the Columbus Clippers, 8-2, on a sunny Sunday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium.

Columbus (24-17) started the scoring with a four-run top of the second inning. Brandon Barnes singled, and Bobby Bradley walked. Trayce Thompson followed with his ninth home run of the season to post a 3-0 Clippers lead. From there, Eric Haase walked, and two batters after that, Max Moroff singled. Greg Allen followed with a groundout to second, but Haase scored from third base on the play to extend the lead to 4-0.

Syracuse (24-18) powered its way on the board in the bottom of the third, hitting the third pair of back-to-back home runs of the homestand. David Thompson and Tebow each homered, Thompson’s second of the year, and Tebow’s first career Triple-A home run. Thompson’s was pulled down the left-field line, and Tebow’s homer was to right field, cutting the Columbus lead in half, 4-2.

The Clippers were quick to answer though. Haase led off the top of the fourth with a solo home run of his own to bring the lead back to three, 5-2. Three batters later, with two outs, Allen hit his second home run of the season to push the Columbus lead to 6-2.

In the sixth, Thompson walked, Haase singled, and Eric Stamets walked to load the bases for the Clippers. Moroff then grounded into a double play at second, but Haase scored during the play for a 7-2 Columbus advantage.

The Clippers capped their scoring in the ninth. Moroff walked, and Allen singled. After a flyout, Ryan Flaherty singled through the right side to bring around Moroff for an 8-2 Columbus edge.

Syracuse is off on Monday before heading to Allentown, PA for the second time this season, opening a three-game series with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

SYRACUSE 7 COLUMBUS 2



Colton Plaia swings and watches the ball fly over the right-field wall for a three-run home run on Saturday afternoon (Danny Tripodi).

Syracuse, NY (May 18, 2019) - The Syracuse Mets used two three-run home runs to beat the Columbus Clippers, 7-2, on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium in front of an energetic crowd of 6,508. The Mets have now hit nine home runs over their last three games.

Columbus (23-17) struck first in the top of the first inning. With one out. Mark Mathias homered over the left-field wall for a 1-0 Clippers lead.

Syracuse (24-17) stormed in front in the bottom of the second. René Rivera led off with a walk, extending his on-base streak to 11 games. Two batters later, Luis Guillorme singled, placing runners at first and second base. David Thompson followed with a double that scored Rivera to tie the game, 1-1. Two batters after that, with two outs and runners on second and third, Colton Plaia launched an opposite-field home run over the right-field fence, pushing Syracuse in front, 4-1.

The Clippers responded in the top of the third. With Adam Rosario at second base, Greg Allen at first, and two outs, Brandon Barnes singled to left field, bringing home Rosales to trim the Syracuse lead to two, 4-2.

That would be the last run scored by Columbus. Syracuse’s pitching staff was excellent again. Starter Chris Flexen struck out nine batters in six innings while only allowing one walk. Relievers Eric Hanhold, Ryan O’Rourke, and Tim Peterson all threw one scoreless inning to secure the victory.

The Mets added insurance runs in the eighth. With one out, Danny Espinosa walked. Two batters later, Rivera was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Dilson Herrera then crushed a ball over the left-field wall for a three-run home run that gave Syracuse a 7-2 advantage. That homer was the seventh hit by Herrera this season.

Syracuse and Columbus close out their three-game series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium.

SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE RAILRIDERS GAME REPORT
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre  4  -  Toledo  3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TOLEDO, OH (May 18, 2019) – The Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders rallied late, winning a game in which they trailed after six innings for just the second time this season, knocking off the Toledo Mud Hens 4-3 Saturday evening at Fifth Third Field.
The RailRiders trailed 3-2 entering the 7
th inning, and were 1-15 to this point in the season when trailing that late. However, Cliff Pennington delivered his fifth home run of the season to tie the game in the top of the inning off southpaw Trent Szkutnik. The switch-hitting Pennington stood on the right side of the plate and delivered a homer to left-centerfield which was his fifth of the year, but just his first as a righty.
From there, the RailRiders got a run in the top of the 8
th inning after Kyle Higashioka led off the inning with a single to right-field. It extended his hitting streak to 10 games in which he has batted .424 (14-for-33) with a .537 on-base percentage. After a sacrifice bunt from Tyler Wade advanced Higashioka, a strikeout kept the catcher in scoring position with two outs. Brad Miller strode to the plate and delivered a line-drive single to right field to plate Higashioka after an errant throw to the plate from Daz Cameron. It gave the RailRiders their first lead since it was 2-1 in the top of the 4th inning.
The bullpen in back of Brody Koerner was strong after the starter went 6.0 innings and allowed three runs on 90 pitches in his first full-fledged start of the season in Triple-A. Stephen Tarpley took over to begin the 7
th inning and didn’t allow a run, before being lifted with David Sosebee after 2.2 innings – one out from victory. The right-hander induced a flyout from Pete Kozma to medium-depth centerfield to end the game, despite the excited and hopeful cheers from the 7,367 fans in attendance.
The RailRiders wrap up their seven-game, six-day roadtrip Sunday at Fifth Third Field. They take on the Mud Hens looking to take three-of-four from Toledo as they send LHP Daniel Camarena (0-1, 5.02) to the mound against LHP Ryan Carpenter (1-4, 4.09). Pregame coverage with Adam Marco and Adam Giardino begins at 12:35 p.m. on the RailRiders Radio Network with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m.


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Record:

21-17

SYRACUSE LOSES TO COLUMBUS


Syracuse, NY (May 17, 2019) - Syracuse catcher René Rivera hit two home runs but the Mets fell to the Columbus Clippers, 14-3, on Friday night at NBT Bank Stadium. This was the third time this season where one Syracuse player hit two homers in a game.

Columbus (23-16) jumped out to a lead with a five-run top of the first inning. Greg Allen and Mark Mathias each singled. Ryan Flaherty followed with a single to left field to score Allen for a 1-0 lead. After a strikeout, Bobby Bradley singled to reload the bases, and Trayce Thompson singled to right to bring in Mathias. Eric Haase then hit a sacrifice fly to right to plate Flaherty. Mike Papi followed with a two-run single to left field to score two runs and complete the five-run first. 

Syracuse (23-17) got on the board in the bottom of the third. Rivera stayed red hot, extending his hitting streak to ten with his second home run of the year, trimming the lead to four, 5-1.

In the fifth, Guillorme and Rivera each singled to start the frame. After two strikeouts, Grégor Blanco singled to right field to score Guillorme and make it a 5-2 ballgame. 

Columbus broke the game open in the sixth. Hasse singled and Papi doubled to begin the inning. Corey Taylor came into the game for Syracuse, and after a strikeout and intentional walk, Mathias singled to bring home Hasse for a 6-2 lead. Flaherty then grounded into a force out at second base, enough to score Papi from third and extend the lead to five, 7-2. Brandon Barnes capped the inning with a single through the left side for an 8-2 Clippers advantage. 

In the seventh, Hasse led off with a line-drive home run to left field to push the score to 9-2. Two batters later, Eric Stamets tripled, and Allen singled Stamets home for a tenth Columbus run. 

Rivera’s huge day continued in the bottom of the seventh with his second home run of the day to make the deficit 10-3.

The Clippers added runs in the ninth. Columbus scored four runs thanks to a wild pitch, an error, and two sacrifice flies for a 14-3 edge. 

Syracuse and Columbus continue their three-game series with the second game on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Symetra Classic
River Run Country Club | Davidson, N.C. | May 15-17

In the Winner’s Circle with Leona Maguire
May 17, 2019

Hometown/Resides: County Cavan, Ireland
Birthdate: November 30, 1994; currently 24 years, 5 months and 17 days
Qualified for Symetra Tour: Finished T9 at the Second Stage of the 2017 LPGA Qualifying Tournament to earn membership for the 2018 Symetra Tour season
Turned Professional/Rookie Year: June 2018
            
VICTORIES
Symetra Tour: Second career victory 
LPGA Tour: N/A
PREVIOUS WIN: 2019 Windsor Golf Classic

VOLVIK RACE FOR THE CARD
With her win, Maguire jumps to No. 1 in the Volvik Race for the Card with $73,790 in total season earnings.

MONEY
With her win, Maguire collects a winner’s check of $26,250; she has earned $73,790 this season and $102,033 for her Symetra Tour career (2019 is her second season on the “Road to the LPGA”)

PREVIOUS SYMETRA TOUR AND LPGA TOUR FINISHES
Symetra Tour: 1st in the 2019 Windsor Golf Classic at Windsor Golf Club in Windsor, Calif.
LPGA Tour: T15 in professional debut at 2018 ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer

2019 IN A NUTSHELL ON THE SYMETRA TOUR
Six events played and six cuts made; $73,790 with two victories

OF NOTE 
  • Maguire, 24, is from County Cavan, Ireland and had one of the most storied collegiate careers in NCAA history while at Duke University
  • Owns the all-time record for most weeks (135) at No. 1 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR)
  • 87 rounds of even or under par and 32 rounds in the 60s are the most in NCAA history, while her 70.97 stroke average is the lowest in NCAA history
  • Four-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) First Team All-American, four-time All-ACC selection, three-time ACC Player of the Year, two-time WGCA and ANNIKA National Player of the Year, and two-time runner-up at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship (2015, 2017)
  • Became only the second player to win the ACC Championship individual title three times, joining fellow Duke alumna Amanda Blumenherst 
  • Four-time Vagliano Trophy and three-time Curtis Cup team member representing Great Britain & Ireland, including 2012 and 2016 Curtis Cup champions
  • Competed in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games with a result of T21, tied for the low amateur
  • 2017 Ladies’ British Open Amateur winner and Global Golf Post Female Amateur of the Year
  • Made professional debut at the 2018 ShopRite LPGA Classic finishing T15 and Symetra Tour debut at the 2018 Forsyth Classic with a tied for third result
  • Stepped into the winner’s circle for the first time in her professional career at the 2019 Windsor Golf Classic

ABOUT SYMETRA TOUR 
The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 39th competitive season in 2019. With the support of its entitlement partner Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7 million in prize money to $4.0 million in prize money awarded over the course of 24 events. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 437 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.comFacebook.com/Road2LPGATwitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.

ABOUT SYMETRA 
Symetra Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions and independent agents and advisors. Symetra began its partnership with the Road to the LPGA in 2010 as the title sponsor of the Symetra Classic. It secured naming rights for the Symetra Tour in November 2011. In addition to its title sponsorship of the Tour, which runs through 2021, Symetra sponsors two events on the tournament schedule—the Symetra Classic and the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship. For more information about Symetra, visit www.symetra.com.

POSS ROLLS 300, TAKES LEAD AT 2019 USBC QUEENS

WICHITA, Kan.
 – Giselle Poss of Nashville, Tennessee, rolled the first 300 game of the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Queens on Friday to take the overall lead after two rounds of qualifying.

The 24-year-old right-hander fired games of 256, 254, 204 and 266 before finishing with 12 consecutive strikes to post a 1,280 total, a 256 average, at Northrock Lanes to bring her 10-game score to 2,310.

Shannon Sellens of Long Beach, New York, is second with 2,295, while two-time USBC Queens champion Liz Johnson of Palatine, Illinois, is third with 2,293. Josie Barnes of Nashville, Tennessee (2,223), and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York (2,212), also are in the top five.

Qualifying and match play at the 2019 Queens, the first major of the 2019 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour season, will be livestreamed at BowlTV.com, and the finals will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network on May 21 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Poss was in 34th place after the first round and took advantage of her time on the burn, meaning one squad already had bowled on this week’s 39-foot oil pattern.

She had a plan of starting where she finished her block on the fresh Thursday, but a pair of adjustments along the way helped her post the third-highest block in the history of the event.

Singapore’s Kristin Quah rolled 1,297 at the 2015 Queens in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, posted 1,294 at the 2010 event in El Paso, Texas.

“I kind of started where I finished yesterday but ended up using a weaker ball,” said Poss, who finished third at the 2017 PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open during her rookie season. “It looked good for the first two games, but I needed to take two big steps left after Game 3 and change balls. I also got around it a little more to be sure I could carry the 10, since I was having trouble with that in Game 3, and just chased it from there.”

Poss, a two-time National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) All-American at Vanderbilt University, has made sure to focus on a few of the physical aspects of her game throughout the first two rounds at Northrock Lanes.

“I’m trying to keep my pre-shot routine and fundamentals the same,” Poss said. “I don’t want to get too fast with my feet. I want to make sure my timing isn’t late, since that’s my tendency. I want to make sure I’m pushing the ball away early enough to get into my swing so it doesn’t get away from me at the release point.”

With one round left of qualifying before match play, Poss will take the opportunity to try a few different things on the fresh during her block Saturday.

“I might try some different equipment on the fresh,” Poss said. “I did OK on Thursday, but you need to be matched up for the bracket. I may try to start farther right than I did yesterday, because it seemed like that’s where the girls were putting up the best scores today.”

Competition will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. Eastern.

The 192-player field will bowl 15 games of qualifying over three days to determine the 63 bowlers joining defending champion Shannon O’Keefe of Shiloh, Illinois, in match play.

Heading into Saturday’s final round, Germany’s Birgit Pöppler is in 64th place with 2,039.

O’Keefe, who also is the 2018 PWBA Player of the Year, is 16th after 10 games with a 2,168 total.

She is guaranteed the No. 64 spot in the double-elimination match-play bracket at the 2019 Queens, but bowling qualifying will give her a chance to improve her seeding.

The match-play bracket will feature three-game matches with total pinfall determining who advances. The five players who make their way through the bracket will advance to the stepladder finals and have the chance to take home the top prize of $20,000.

For more information on the USBC Queens, visit BOWL.com/Queens.

United States Bowling Congress
The United States Bowling Congress serves as the national governing body of bowling as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). USBC conducts championship events nationwide including the largest participation sporting events in the world – the USBC Open and Women’s Championships – and professional events such as the USBC Masters and USBC Queens. 

Founded in 1895, today USBC and its 1,638 state and local associations proudly serve more than a million members. USBC is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, working toward a future for the sport. The online home for USBC is BOWL.com.

2019 USBC Queens
At Northrock Lanes
Wichita, Kan.

Friday’s results

QUALIFYING – ROUND 2
(Top 100; 10 games)

For complete standings, visit BOWL.com/Queens

 
      1, Giselle Poss, Nashville, Tenn., 2,310. 2, Shannon Sellens (n), Long Beach, N.Y., 2,295. 3, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2,293. 4, Josie Barnes, Nashville, Tenn., 2,223. 5, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,212. 6, Caroline Lagrange, Canada, 2,209.
      7, Stefanie Johnson, McKinney, Texas, 2,198. 8(tie), Shayna Ng, Singapore, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., and Daphne Tan, Singapore, 2,190. 11, Maria José Rodriguez, Colombia, 2,189. 12, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 2,186.
      13, Dasha Kovalova, Ukraine, 2,184. 14, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,182. 15, Anggie Ramirez Perea (n), Colombia, 2,177. 16, Shannon O'Keefe, Shiloh, Ill., 2,168. 17, Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 2,167. 18, Laura Plazas, Colombia, 2,163.
      19, Rebecca Whiting (n), Australia, 2,153. 20, Jordan Richard, Tecumseh, Mich., 2,144. 21, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,137. 22, Juliana Franco (n), Colombia, 2,136. 23, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,129. 24(tie), Jennifer Russo, Monmouth Junction, N.J., and Verity Crawley, England, 2,123.
      26, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,106. 27, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,104. 28, Bryanna Coté, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,100. 29, Anita Arnett (n), Richmond, Texas, 2,097. 30, Estefania Cobo (n), Puerto Rico, 2,095.
      31, Audra Mrenak (n), Dayton, Ohio, 2,092. 32, Valerie Bercier, Spring Lake, Mich., 2,091. 33, Andrea Petraglia (n), Las Vegas, 2,090. 34, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,089. 35, Caitlyn Johnson (n), Lumberton, Texas, 2,086. 36, Katie Ann Sopp-Schroeder, White Bear Lake, Minn., 2,082.
      37, New Hui Fen, Singapore, 2,080. 38, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,079. 39(tie), Jen Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, Heather D'Errico, Rochester, N.Y., and Sabrina Groves, Spokane, Wash., 2,078. 42, Kayla Pashina, Minnetonka, Minn., 2,077.
      43, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,076. 44, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,075. 45, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,071. 46, Kristin Nieter (n), Homewood, Ill., 2,069. 47, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,064. 48, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 2,063.
      49(tie), Sierra Kanemoto (n), Riverside, Ohio, and Britney Brown (n), Chicago, 2,060. 51, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,058. 52(tie), Stephanie Schwartz, Racine, Wis., and Courtney Ermisch (n), Big Bend, Wis., 2,055. 54, Taylor Bulthuis, Coral Springs, Fla., 2,053.
      55(tie), Bernice Lim, Singapore, and Megan Szczepanski, Lockport, Ill., 2,052. 57, Jennifer Helferstay, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,048. 58, Stephanie Zavala (a), Downey, Calif., 2,047. 59, Addison Herzberg (n), Wichita, Kan., 2,046. 60, Lauren Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,044.
      61, Allie Tatrow, Wichita, Kan., 2,042. 62(tie), Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Rachael Albright (n), Cleveland, 2,041. 64, Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 2,039. 65, Lilia Robles, Mexico, 2,038. 66, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,037.
      67, Sarah Wille, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 2,029. 68, Samantha Knight (n), Richland, Mich., 2,027. 69(tie), Brandi Branka, Belleville, Ill., and Jennifer King, Cold Spring, Ky., 2,019. 71, Sydney Brummett, Wichita, Kan., 2,017. 72, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,010.
      73, Iliana Lomeli, Mexico, 2,008. 74(tie), Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., and Jodi Gawlik, Schaumburg, Ill., 2,006. 76, Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 2,004. 77, Kayla Crawford (n), Silvis, Ill., 2,001. 78, Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 1,999.
      79(tie), Kayla Ovesny (n), Norman, Okla., and Cassandra Leuthold, Lincoln, Neb., 1,995. 81, Abby Ragsdale (n), Aurora, Ill., 1,991. 82(tie), Erin Czuprynski, Tinley Park, Ill., and Aseret Zetter, Mexico, 1,989. 84, Johanna Puentes (n), Colombia, 1,988.
      85, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 1,985. 86, Stephanie Martins, Brazil, 1,984. 87, Amy Bruce (a), Wichita, Kan., 1,978. 88, Adel Wahner (n), Las Cruces, N.M., 1,977. 89(tie), Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., and Ashton Anderson (n), Wichita, Kan., 1,971.
      91(tie), Samantha How, Oregon City, Ore., and Christina Kinney (n), Las Vegas, 1,969. 93, Rebekah Martin (n), Melbourne, 1,963. 94, Gazmine Mason, Cranston, R.I., 1,962. 95, Katelyn Simpson (n), Emmett, Idaho, 1,958. 96, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,956.
      97, Lara Clevenger (n), Edgewater, Fla., 1,955. 98, Daria Pajak, Poland, 1,952. 99, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W.Va., 1,949. 100, Jasmine Snell (n), Papillion, Neb., 1,948.

Symetra Classic
River Run Country Club | Davidson, N.C. | May 15-17

Final Round Notes
May 17, 2019

Course Setup: 36-36—72; 6,481 yards (R3 scoring average: 73.303)

Quick Links:

LEADERBOARD

Player
To Par
Score
1
Leona Maguire
-10
70-69-67
T2
Brittany Benvenuto
-5
75-70-66
T2
Stephanie Na
-5
71-68-72
T4
Two players tied
-3
 

MAGUIRE CAPTURES SECOND TITLE OF SEASON
For the second time in her last three Symetra Tour starts, Leona Maguire (County Cavan, Ireland) is a champion on the “Road to the LPGA.” The Duke University alumna carded a spectacular bogey-free, 6-under par 66 in the final round of the Symetra Classic to win by five strokes at 10-under par overall.

“It was nice that I could sort of cruise in a little bit today,” said Maguire, who won the Windsor Golf Classic last month. “I got pushed down the stretch a lot by Steph [Na] and EJ [Seong]. This one is special, being back in North Carolina. I had four incredible years at Duke and felt really at home this week.”

The first two-time winner on the Symetra Tour this season has now captured five straight top-five finishes. In her six total starts, Maguire has never finished outside the top-25.  

“I’ve got off to a fast start this year and expected to get off to a good start, but maybe not quite this good,” Maguire said. “Have been playing some really solid golf. My putting has been a lot better this year and that has been a big thing for me. I gave myself a lot of chances last year and didn’t take them, but putting has been really solid especially the last few weeks. I was saying to my caddy that this week was more the bogeys I didn’t make rather than the birdies I did.”
 
NA MAKES VALIANT EFFORT IN SYMETRA CLASSIC
Entering the final round, Stephanie Na (Adelaide, Australia) was one of four players tied for the lead at 5-under par overall. When the dust settled this afternoon at River Run Country Club, she was at that same mark and in a tie for second.

“Disappointing finish, but overall I really enjoyed getting some birdies early and leading the way for a little while there,” said Na, who recorded five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey. “I wasn’t hitting my irons as good, so my swing wasn’t as free and that made it a little tougher. Leona played steady and it was nice to push each other, we traded birdies every now and then.”

Na made a birdie putt on No. 13 to tie Maguire for the lead of 8-under par overall at the time. Two holes later, a double bogey dashed any hopes for her first Symetra Tour win. 

“Just a really quick swing off the tee, wanted to try and move the ball a little right to left,” Na said. “I had a shot, but my ball was sitting on a tree root and I wasn’t sure if it was completely in the ground. I ended up being a little scared at impact because I didn’t want to break my wrist. Tough going there, hopefully I can learn from that to put myself in this position again.”

VOLVIK RACE FOR THE CARD STANDINGS AFTER WEEK SEVEN
Following the seventh tournament of the 2019 Symetra Tour season, the Volvik Race for the Card welcomes a fresh top-10.

The victory and $26,250 winner’s check move Leona Maguire up one spot to No. 1, having earned $73,790 across six starts this season. Here is a look at the current top-10 heading into the inaugural Zimmer Biomet Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez at the Lake Course of Grand National on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opelika, Ala. from May 23-26:

1. Leona Maguire - $73,790
2. Julieta Granada (Asuncion, Paraguay) - $51,926
3. Jillian Hollis (Rocky River, Ohio) - $37,009
4. Maria Parra (Guadiaro, Spain) - $30,345
5. Cydney Clanton (Concord, North Carolina) - $29,786
6. Kelly Tan (Batu Pahat, Malaysia)- $26,180
7. Lauren Coughlin (Charlottesville, Virginia) - $25,321
8. Kyung Kim (Chandler, Arizona) - $25,302
9. Ssu-Chia Cheng (Taipei, Chinese Taipei) - $24,017
10. Madison Pressel (Boca Raton, Florida) - $22,485

NOTABLE QUOTES
Brittany Benvenuto (-5, T2) on firing a bogey-free, 6-under par 66 in the final round:
“It gives me some confidence for next week. I did not play well the first round here, then went to the range and found a good swing thought that worked. I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing. It was awesome, so fun. I could see the lines on the greens really well and had some tap-ins.”

Perrine Delacour (-3, T4) on her finish at River Run Country Club in the eighth annual Symetra Classic:
“Today was definitely harder because the greens were so firm, so hard to stop the ball. Unfortunately, I didn’t make any like 15-foot putts for birdie and I missed one for par. That was pretty hard, but I made like two birdies and three bogeys so it could be worse. I’m happy because I finished with a really good, strong par so lots of good vibes for next week.”

Amanda Sambach (-1, T11) on what she accomplished as a 16-year-old amateur in the field this week:
“It means a lot, feels so good to come out and finish well especially after last year not playing my best. I’m so lucky to have the community cheering me on and all my friends, it means a lot to me. The course is in such great shape. I play it almost every day and just love it.”

PLAYER NOTES
Leona Maguire
  • Maguire, 24, is from County Cavan, Ireland and had one of the most storied collegiate careers in NCAA history while at Duke University
  • Owns the all-time record for most weeks (135) at No. 1 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR)
  • 87 rounds of even or under par and 32 rounds in the 60s are the most in NCAA history, while her 70.97 stroke average is the lowest in NCAA history
  • Four-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) First Team All-American, four-time All-ACC selection, three-time ACC Player of the Year, two-time WGCA and ANNIKA National Player of the Year, and two-time runner-up at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship (2015, 2017)
  • Became only the second player to win the ACC Championship individual title three times, joining fellow Duke alumna Amanda Blumenherst 
  • Four-time Vagliano Trophy and three-time Curtis Cup team member representing Great Britain & Ireland, including 2012 and 2016 Curtis Cup champions
  • Competed in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games with a result of T21, tied for the low amateur
  • 2017 Ladies’ British Open Amateur winner and Global Golf Post Female Amateur of the Year
  • Made professional debut at the 2018 ShopRite LPGA Classic finishing T15 and Symetra Tour debut at the 2018 Forsyth Classic with a tied for third result
  • Stepped into the winner’s circle for the first time in her professional career at the 2019 Windsor Golf Classic

ABOUT SYMETRA TOUR 
The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 39th competitive season in 2019. With the support of its entitlement partner Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7 million in prize money to $4.0 million in prize money awarded over the course of 24 events. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 437 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.comFacebook.com/Road2LPGATwitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.

ABOUT SYMETRA 
Symetra Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions and independent agents and advisors. Symetra began its partnership with the Road to the LPGA in 2010 as the title sponsor of the Symetra Classic. It secured naming rights for the Symetra Tour in November 2011. In addition to its title sponsorship of the Tour, which runs through 2021, Symetra sponsors two events on the tournament schedule—the Symetra Classic and the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship. For more information about Symetra, visit www.symetra.com.