Sarah Busey | Santa Clara

Sarah Busey | Santa Clara

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — Once it started raining on her parade Tuesday, it took more than an umbrella and some patience to get Sarah Busey through the final stretch of the 36-hole opener at the Phil Kosin Illinois Women's Open.

A hot putter preserved the Racine golfer's place atop the leaderboard.

Busey, a rising junior at Santa Clara, got there by shooting 69-70 in between the raindrops at Mistwood Country Club and joining fellow amateur Kaho Monica Matsubara (71-68) and Ohio pro Kasey Miller (70-69) in the lead at 5-under-par 139. They will begin their final rounds Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. two shots clear of LPGA/Symetra Tour veteran Nicole Jeray of Berwyn, Ill., and former Ohio State golfer Jessica Porvasnik of Hinkley, Ohio. 

"The difference between the two rounds, however, was huge," Busey wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf after going bogey-free in the morning round but struggling to keep it around par in the afternoon. "The first round was more smooth sailing and trying to cash in birdies while the second round was more of a scramble as I tried to adjust to the more wet conditions. My putter was absolutely on fire for most of the afternoon round, so the scorecard doesn’t really show much of the grind there."

Indeed, after making three birdies in a rather ho-hum 3-under 69 to start the day, Busey started her afternoon round with a bogey before birdieing Nos. 2, 5 and 7. A bogey at No. 8 dropped her to 1-under for the round before par became her friend on the back nine, where she rattled off four in a row before birdies at Nos. 14 and 16 before a bogey to end the day.

"This is my second year playing this event, so I’ve only played (Mistwood) a few times before (Tuesday)," Busey wrote. "The opening round this morning was more about getting into a groove and working my way around the course with the off and on rain. I was hitting some pretty solid iron shots, but obviously not making as many putts as I would’ve liked."

Maybe that will change Wednesday as Busey, who last week qualified for the upcoming U.S. Women's Amateur, tries to ride the wave of her recent strong play to another tournament victory. 

"I’m excited to get out on the course and play like I know I’m capable of playing and I guess we’ll see what happens!" wrote Busey, who also successfully defended her WWSGA state match-play title last month. "Overall, just looking to hit the ball solid, make some putts and have some fun! ... (My) m\indset is typically always the same, go out and do the best that I can — a placement or a previous score doesn’t really change that by much — but obviously it’s always great to see my name near the top."


WISCONSIN LEADERBOARD
 Pos.PlayerTotal
To Par
Gross
Thru
R2
To Par
Gross
R2
R1R2Total
Gross
 T1Busey, Sarah (a)
Racine, WI
-5F-26970139
 9Werwie, Carly
Kenosha, WI
EF-17371144
 T12Fitzgerald, Claire (a)
Lake Mary, FL/Univ. of Wis. 
+2F-17571146
 T19Gromala, Alyssa (a)
Mokena, IL/ Univ. of Wis. 
+7F+57477151
 30Beck, Taitum (a)
Waterford, WI
+13F+58077157
FULL LEADERBOARD
 Pos.PlayerTotal
To Par
Gross
Thru
R2
To Par
Gross
R2
R1R2Total
Gross
 T1Miller, Kasey
Findlay, OH
-5F-37069139
 T1Busey, Sarah (a)
Racine, WI
-5F-26970139
 T1Matsubara, Kaho Monica (a)
Evanston, IL
-5F-47168139
 T4Jeray, Nicole
Berwyn, IL
-3F-27170141
 T4Porvasnik, Jessica
Hinckley, OH
-3F-37269141
 T6Seiser, Paige (a)
Waukee, IA
-1F+36875143
 T6Appert Lund, Anna
Fort Wayne, IN
-1F+17073143
 T6Bolden, Brianne (a)
Mokena, IL
-1FE7172143
 9Werwie, Carly
Kenosha, WI
EF-17371144
 T10Lillie, Kate (a)
St. Charles, IL
+1F+37075145
 T10Fox, Cheryl
Tiffin, OH
+1F+27174145
 T12Fitzgerald, Claire (a)
Lake Mary, FL
+2F-17571146
 T12Doyon, Josee
Newton Falls, OH
+2F-17571146
 14McGiles, Emilyee (a)
Orland Hills, IL
+4F+47276148
 T15Singh, Arushi (a)
Woodridge, IL
+5F+67178149
 T15Schroeder, Nikolette
Sheffield Village, OH
+5F+67178149
 T15Granato, Mandi (a)
Plainfield, IL
+5F+37475149
 18Thompson, Taylor (a)
Naperville, IL
+6F+47476150
 T19Gromala, Alyssa (a)
Mokena, IL
+7F+57477151
 T19Hickey, Margaret (a)
Glencoe, IL
+7F+57477151
 T19Hauenstein, Sarah (a)
Wheaton, IL
+7F+77279151
 T19Aung, Angela (a)
Bloomington, IN
+7F+57477151
 T23Yi , Jasmine (a)
Arlington Heights, IL
+8FE8072152
 T23Postillion, Samantha
Burr Ridge, IL
+8F+27874152
 25Gaur, Roshannah (a)
Hinsdale, IL
+9F+27974153
 26Pearson, Jenna
Wheaton, IL
+11F+57877155
 T27Wolf , Kira (a)
Mattoon, IL
+12F+48076156
 T27Kucera, Amy (a)
Riverside, IL
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 T27Mroz, Stephanie (a)
Wood Dale, IL
+12F+77779156
 30Beck, Taitum (a)
Waterford, WI
+13F+58077157
 Projected Cut +13
 T31Mattioli, Elizabeth
Trussville, AL
+14F+97781158
 T31Martinez, Lorenza (a)
Menomee Falls, WI
+14F+68078158
 T33Kerr, Erica (a)
Peoria, IL
+19F+78479163
 T33Sterling, Kelly
Mokena, IL
+19F+78479163
 T35Lillibridge, Darby (a)
Geneva, IL
+21F+88580165
 T35Dannegger, Annalee (a)
Wheaton, IL
+2115+1083-83
 37Welch, Laura
LaGrange, KY
+22F+118383166
 T38Jordan, Nicole (a)
St. Charles, IL
+24F+118583168
 T38Sheehan, Maureen (a)
Grayslake, IL
+2415+987-87
 40Bundy, Rosemarie (a)
West Chicago, IL
+25F+168188169
 41Micetich, Maggie (a)
Woodridge, IL
+26F+178189170
 42Stolarik, DeAnne (a)
Zion, IL
+29F+138885173
 43Leucuta, Rachel (a)
Downers Grove, IL
+3015+1389-89
 44Kehoe, Erin (a)
Gurnee, IL
+3115+2182-82
 45Racich, Carson (a)
Loves Park, IL
+32F+208492176
 T46Sullivan, Riley (a)
St. Charles, IL
+34F+208692178
 T46Rhee, Rachel (a)
Glencoe, IL
+34F+198791178
 48Davies, Kathy (a)
Wheaton, IL
+37F+208992181
 49Wciorka, Claudia (a)
Chicago, IL
+4115+1895-95
 WDMyslinski, Jennifer (a)
Palatine, IL
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