Chloe Currie will attempt to become a part of history on Thursday.
The 16-year-old will look to join the likes of Marlene Stewart Streit, Sandra Post, and likely Olympians Alena Sharp and Brooke Henderson, by winning back-to-back titles at the Investors Group Ontario Junior Girls’ Championship.
Henderson, the recent winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the Cambia Portland Classic, was the last to pull off the feat. She did so in 2011 and 2012.
Defending champion Currie took over top spot with a big move on Wednesday at the Loyalist Country Club in Bath, Ontario.
Currie, from Mississauga and the Mississaugua Golf & Country Club, began the day at one-under. The 16-year-old got out to a good start thanks to birdies on the third and fifth holes. She gave one back with a bogey on the seventh, but was one-under at the turn. The Team Canada Development Squad member found herself even for the day after a bogey on 11, but managed to get back on track with birdies on 12 and 17 to finish the round at two-under (70). Currie is now three-under (70-73-70-213) for the championship and will take a three-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round.
That lead will be over London’s Ellie Szeryk. The reigning Junior Spring Classic champion had another solid day during the third round. After shooting the low round during day two, a three-under (69), Szeryk carded a one-under (71) during the third round and now sits at even for the tournament (76-69-71-216).
Sitting in third place is the leader from the first two rounds, London’s Isabella Portokalis. Portokalis, a Team Ontario and West Haven Golf & Country Club member, entered the day at two-under and with a one-shot lead. However, she had trouble early on and was five-over at the turn. She did settle down on the back nine and knocked down a pair of birdies, but finished the day four-over (76) and is now two-over (68-74-76-218) for the event.
In fourth place is another Team Ontario member, Hornby’s Alexandra Naumovski. Naumovski, from Brampton Golf Club, finished the day four-over (76) and is now four-over for the tournament (72-72-76-220).
Rounding out the top five is Kingston’s Diana McDonald. McDonald, from the host Loyalist Country Club, ended the day at three-over (75) and is at five-over (74-72-75-221) for the championship.
Tomorrow’s final round gets underway at 7:00 a.m. from Loyalist Country Club, with a split tee start. The final group is schedule to tee off the first hole at 7:54 a.m. Spectators are invited to come and watch the action.
3rd Round Leaderboard
|1||Chloe Currie Mississaugua||-2||F||-3||70||73||70||213|
|2||Ellie Szeryk Public Player||-1||F||E||76||69||71||216|
|3||Isabella Portokalis West Haven G & CC||+4||F||+2||68||74||76||218|
|4||Alexandra Naumovski Brampton GC||+4||F||+4||72||72||76||220|
|5||Diana McDonald Loyalist CC||+3||F||+5||74||72||75||221|
|6||Danielle Sawyer Dalewood GC||-1||F||+8||80||73||71||224|
|7||Madeline Marck-Sherk Bridgewater Country Club||E||F||+9||79||74||72||225|
|8||Haley Yerxa Meadows GC||-1||F||+10||74||81||71||226|
|9||Emily Ward Public Player||+7||F||+12||74||75||79||228|
|10||Melany Chong Public Player||+4||F||+14||78||76||76||230|
|11||Cynthia Zhao Station Creek GC||+10||F||+15||70||79||82||231|
|12||Victoria Zheng Station Creek GC||+6||F||+16||74||80||78||232|
|T13||Kate Johnston Brantford G&CC||E||F||+20||78||86||72||236|
|T13||Kristen Giles Cutten Fields||+7||F||+20||79||78||79||236|
|T13||Hailey McLaughlin Cedar Brae G & CC||+7||F||+20||77||80||79||236|
|16||Alyssa DiMarcantonio Station Creek GC||+7||F||+21||77||81||79||237|
|17||Shehna Akbary National Pines Golf Club||+4||F||+22||79||83||76||238|
|18||Abbie Anghelescu Cataraqui Golf & Country||+4||F||+23||82||81||76||239|
|19||Sukriti Harjai St. Catharines Golf & Cou||+10||F||+25||76||83||82||241|
|T20||Brooke MacKinnon Maple City Country Club||+9||F||+26||84||77||81||242|
|T20||Sydney Naro Public Player||+8||F||+26||81||81||80||242|
|22||Manuela Rincon Torres Whistle Bear Golf Club||+3||F||+27||83||85||75||243|
|23||Dylann Armstrong Public Player||+10||F||+28||82||80||82||244|
|T24||Kiley Rodrigues Cataraqui Golf & Country||+9||F||+31||84||82||81||247|
|T24||Ellice Hong National Pines Golf Club||+13||F||+31||82||80||85||247|
|T26||Lauren Bevan Whitevale GC||+10||F||+35||83||86||82||251|
|T26||Anna Foley Weston G&CC||+9||F||+35||88||82||81||251|
|28||Sarah Cushing Brockville CC||+17||F||+36||84||79||89||252|
|T29||Claire Hwang King’s Riding GC||+12||F||+41||86||87||84||257|
|T29||Jue Wen Cedar Brae G & CC||+15||F||+41||89||81||87||257|
|T31||Melissa Gabriele Brampton GC||+14||F||+46||95||81||86||262|
|T31||Ciara Costabile Brantford G&CC||+14||F||+46||84||92||86||262|
|33||Kayla Burke Public Player||+12||F||+49||95||86||84||265|
|34||Alexis McMurray Glen Abbey GC||+15||F||+51||90||90||87||267|
|35||Julia Malone Affiliate Member||+18||F||+52||86||92||90||268|
|36||Lexie McKay Public Player||+12||F||+53||94||91||84||269|
|T37||Hansika Tathgur Rattlesnake Point GC||+18||F||+56||94||88||90||272|
|T37||Taylor Simoneau St. Catharines Golf & Cou||+21||F||+56||87||92||93||272|
|39||Vanessa Chychrun Beacon Hall GC||+18||F||+59||92||93||90||275|
|40||Katie McTaggart Cutten Fields||+25||F||+63||90||92||97||279|
|41||Natasha Stasiuk Hidden Lake GC||+24||F||+65||95||90||96||281|