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SA’s Pace fades to 69th at Portland Classic
- Updated: August 17, 2015
South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace finished in a two-over tie for 69th place at the Portland Classic on Sunday, where she faced a tough field that included 95 of the Top 100 earners on the LPGA Tour money list, writes Megan Hart.
Pace started the tournament in strong style. In the first round she shot a five-under 67, finishing just two strokes behind early leaders, Sandra Changkila and Amy Anderson of the US. ‘I hit great and I putted well,’ Pace said after her round.
But, a three-over 75 on Friday dropped her from contention at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club. She finished the tournament with two rounds of 74 tied with Sadena Parks of the United States and Nontaya Srisawang of Thailand.
Last week marked the first time Pace has played at the Portland Classic, the longest running non-major on the LPGA tour.
Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson won the tournament in convincing fashion. Her impressive 21-under put her eight strokes ahead of a trio of second placed finishers. Henderson’s 267 was the lowest total ever recorded at the 72-hole tournament.
South Africa’s other entrant, Paula Reto, finished seven-over for the first two rounds but failed to make the cut. Next on the calendar for both Pace and Reto is the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open which is scheduled to begin in Vancouver on Thursday.