Fiery Dottie fires 69, paces field by 2

Fiery Dottie fires 69, paces field by 2


MANILA, Philippines — Dottie Ardina bucked tough condition and a rain delay, firing a three-under 69 to wrest a two-stroke lead over South African Stacy Bregman, Korean Min G Kim and two others at the start of the Symetra Classic at the River Run Country Club in Davidson, North Carolina Thursday.

Coming off a runner-up finish in Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic of the Symetra Tour in South Carolina last week, Ardina sustained her form and birdied three of the first eight holes against a bogey on her way to a 34-35 card to lead the $175,000, 54-hole tournament.

“I’m really happy with how I played today (Thursday),” said Ardina. “My irons and second shots were pretty solid. After a rain delay at the back, I tried to play steady, hit the fairways and greens.”

More importantly, she stayed focused on the task at hand.

The ace Filipina shotmaker ran off gutsy pars at the back then birdied the par-3 14th and parred the rest of the way.

Bregman birdied the first two holes but made two bogeys and birdied No. 16 to card a 71 while Min birdied the last hole to gain a share of second with Regina Plasencia of Mexico and American Kendall Dye.

In an unfamiliar spot, Ardina said there’s no need for adjustments in anticipation of her rivals’ charge but vowed to do what she did in the first round and try to make the most of birdie opportunites.

“I don’t think I need to make some adjustments but I’ll just gonna do what I did today. A lot of focus and try to manage the greens, especially the big ones and make some putts,” said Ardina.

But while Ardina put herself on top of the heap with a near-impeccable round, the other Filipina bets sputtered with Clariss Guce making a 75 and Mia Piccio an 80 and in danger of missing the cut.