VIENNA -When West Virginia Women's Amateur three-time defending champion Nicolle Flood-Sawczyszyn handicapped the field for this year's tournament, three names immediately came to mind.
Entering the final round, those same three golfers have not disappointed.
Ona's Brooke Bellomy was one of four individuals to finish under par during Thursday's second round after shooting a 4-under 70 and took a one-stroke lead over Follansbee's Samantha DiDomineco. Bellomy sits at 7-under 141, while DiDomineco lurks in the shadows at 6-under 142.
Photos by Kerry Patrick
Morgantown’s Nicole Flood-Sawczyszyn, right, and her husband Tony — who served as her caddie — look over the third hole during Thursday’s second round of the 88th West Virginia Women’s Amateur played at Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna
Also in contention is Kimberly Eaton of Shepherdstown, who turned in the low round of the afternoon with a 69 and is only three strokes back at 144.
"These young girls are on their game and right where they need to be," said Flood-Sawczyszyn, who is within striking distance at 146 after turning in a 72. "The cool thing is that they are great representatives for West Virginia. It's great to see some young blood in here. I'm going to do my best to chase them."
Bellomy started the day one stroke behind DiDomineco, who was the first-round leader after carding a 70 on Wednesday. Along with Flood-Sawczyszyn, the three ladies started on the back nine and the lead increased to two strokes when DiDomineco birdied No. 10.
88th WV Women's Amateur
At Parkersburg Country Club (Par 74)
Brooke Bellomy, Ona 71-70-141
Samantha DiDomenico, Follansbee 70-72-142
Kimberly Eaton, Shepherdstown 75-69-144
Nicolle Flood-Sawczyszyn, Morgantown 74-72-146
Natalie Cooke, Vienna 76-75-151
Caroline Ramsey, Bridgeport 76-76-152
Haygen Mowder, St. Clairsville, Ohio74-79-153
Bobbie Karr, Pomeroy, Ohio 76-80-156
Patti Maroney, Glen Dale 78-79-157
Karen Kinnett, Shepherdstown 81-77-158
Karen Engel, Hurricane 78-81-159
Sue Goldcamp, Parkersburg 79-80-159
Shelley Hyde, Fairmont 76-83-159
Daneen Shears, Elizabeth 81-79-160
Amy Colgrove, Parkersburg 82-80-162
Sue Rice, Daniels 85-80-165
Barbara Astorg, Vienna 89-79-168
Adeena Shears, Elizabeth 84-84-168
Candy Rollyson, Barboursville 83-87-170
Susan Zappin, Huntington 87-84-171
Linda Sims, Hurricane 87-87-174
Claytina Shepherd, Beckley 88-87-175
Deb McClintock, Hedgesville 85-90-175
Deborah Reif, Bridgeport 91-86-177
Jo Ellen Louden, Vienna 92-87-179
Misako Novak, Parkersburg 86-96-182
Esther Joo, Summersville 97-85-182
Starrleen Wooddell, Greenbank 93-90-183
Debbie Wright, Belpre, Ohio93-92-185
Cami Roberts, Sutton 92-94-186
Kristen Bozarth, Mount Hope 97-90-187
Lisa Younis, Shepherdstown 97-90-187
Lori Stahara, Morgantown 95-92-187
Rose Wayland, Hedgesville 94-96-190
Kathy Chesley, Charleston 94-97-191
BJ Hathaway, Vienna 98-94-192
Linda Shaffer, Martinsburg 96-96-192
Linda Fox, Calvin 94-99-193
Laurie Quinn, Middeleburg, Va. 96-100-196
Sally Klein, Vienna 95-102-197
Sherie Burns, Wheeling 99-99-198
Susan Rogers, Vienna 92-107-199
Jane Kincheloe, Parkersburg 101-98-199
Lois Kinneer, Hurricane 100-99-199
Judy Slack, Belpre, Ohio 105-94-199
Julie Matheny 101-99-200
Kay Bowling, Parkersburg 99-102-201
Carol Liddle, Washington 100-101-201
Cindy Davis, Bridgeport 105-102-207
Terri Mount, Ona 101-106-207
Diana Watkins, Elizabeth 98-109-207
Marge Dorsey, Davis 112-104-216
Mickey Lewis, Vienna 109-117-226
Sally Lane, Parkersburg 115-113-228
Final round pairings
8 a.m. - Esther Joo, Starrleen Wooddell, Debbie Wright
8:10 a.m. - Deborah Reif, Jo Ellen Louden, Misako Novak
8:20 a.m. - Linda Sims, Claytina Shepherd, Deb McClintock
8:30 a.m. - Candy Rollyson, Susan Zappin
8:40 a.m. - Sue Rice, Adeena Shears, Barb Astorg
8:50 a.m. - Shelley Hyde, Daneen Shears, Amy Colgrove
9 a.m. - Karen Kinnett, Karen Engel, Sue Goldcamp
9:10 a.m. - Haygen Mowder, Bobbie Karr, Patti Maroney
9:20 a.m. - Nicolle Flood-Sawczyszyn, Natalie Cooke, Caroline Ramsey
9:30 a.m. - Brooke Bellomy, Samantha DiDomineco, Kimberly Eaton
8 a.m. - Mickey Lewis, Sally Lane
8:10 a.m. - Marge Dorsey, Sandy Sabo, Terri Mount
8:20 a.m. - Diana Watkins, Cindy Davis, Carol Liddle
8:30 a.m. - Lois Kinneer, Julie Matheny, Kay Bowling
8:40 a.m. - Judy Slack, Susan Rogers, Jane Kincheloe
8:50 a.m. - Laurie Quinn, Sally Klein, Sherie Burns
9 a.m. - BJ Hathaway, Linda Shaffer, Linda Fox
9:10 a.m. - Rose Wayland, Kathy Chelsey, Lori Stahara
9:20 a.m. - Kristen Bozarth, Lisa Younis, Cami Roberts
DiDomineco experienced a roller-coaster of a ride on the first nine after recording four birdies and four bogeys. The 20-year-old, who will be a junior at Marshall University in the fall, was more consistent on the last nine with two birdies and no bogeys.
"I fell like I hit the ball better than yesterday," DiDomineco said. "I didn't get myself in trouble, but it definitely wasn't what I was capable of.
"I didn't hit a lot of greens, so I had to get up and down a lot. My first nine holes I struggled because it took me eight holes to get a par. But I'm back in the mindframe I was in Wednesday when I was playing consistent, so I feel good about Friday."
Bellomy was able to overtake DiDomineco for good with a birdie at the 15th hole. The 18-year-old, who will be a freshman at Campbell University (N.C.), bogeyed one hole on each nine, but avoided the big number after finishing with six birdies.
"I didn't make any big mistakes, kept the ball in play and made putts when I needed to," Bellomy said. "I just wanted to play like I did on Wednesday. I didn't have anything to lose."
Eaton was the clubhouse leader for a few minutes before the lead threesome turned in their scores. The four-time All-American from Wellesley College in Massachusetts struggled with her putting while shooting a 75 in the first round then made the proper adjustments yesterday.
"Getting adjusted to the course, that helped me do better," said Eaton, who was still working on her short game at the practice green as the second day wrapped up. "The ball doesn't roll out here as much as what it does at my course where if you hit the green, it rolls off the back. So that took some getting used to."
Eaton did not have one bogey yesterday. She made her charge by recording four of her five birdies on her last nine holes.
"I was hitting my irons close to the pin, and that wasn't really happening on Wednesday," Eaton said.
Two eagles were turned in on Thursday, including one by Flood-Sawczyszcyn on the 400-yard first hole. After her drive, she was 155 yards from the green then hit her approach shot to within 15 feet of the flagstick. She rolled her putt in for a '3.'
"The good news - I was in position on the whole back nine for birdie," she said. "So I feel good going into Friday. I need to just to step up and trust it with a driver.
"I really think a 64 or 65 is out here, and if the weather holds up you can throw some darts."