She was a co-leader after round two last week on the Symetra Tour before finishing second and now Quebec’s Anne-Catherine Tanguay is leading once again.
This week she and the rest of the tour are in Mesa, Arizona for the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club.
Tanguay opened with a 6-under, 66 on Thursday to take the lead by one stroke. She made five birdies and an eagle to shoot her low round of the season. A season where she sits in 3rd place on the Volvik Race For The Card, the overall money list.
Tanguy, a former Quebec Amateur Champion, has been on a hot streak of late, recording seven straight under-par rounds.
“It was a good day, I got the putter rolling,” said Tanguay, who needed just 27 putts for her first round in Mesa. “I had a really good par save on 12 and that really keep me rolling and then the eagle on 15. As the round went on, I kept hitting it closer and closer. Being in good position off the tee gave me good chances from the fairway and I think the pins were pretty accessible today.”
In seven rounds this year on the Symetra Tour, Tanguay is 19-under with no over-par rounds.
“These are the best seven consecutive rounds that I’ve had because of how consistent they are,” explained Tanguay. “I’m just really happy with where my game is at right now.”
The 26-year-old is familiar with Longbow Golf Club. While in college at Oklahoma, she played in the Culver Cup at Longbow Golf Club.
“It’s great to be back and I really like to play golf courses again to test my game,” said Tanguay. “Arizona golf is great. I had a lot of wedges in and a lot of opportunities. The greens are rolling really, really pure and it was a fun day overall.”
Richdale In Close Pursuit; Chasing A Record
One of the players two strokes off the lead, shooing 68, is another Canadian, Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C.
She is pursuing not only the win but a tour record this week.
Richdale registered her 29th career top 10 finish to open the season at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. She ranks 14th on the Volvik Race for the Card money list through two events.
Richdale could become the all-time career money leader in Symetra Tour history this week. She has earned $225,618 over 134 starts, only $504 short of all-time money earner Lori Atsedes.