Casey Danielson

Casey Danielson

BEAUMONT, Calif. — Casey Danielson rolled into southern California for this week's IOA Championship at Tukwet Canyon Golf Club with the idea of moving closer to graduating to the LPGA Tour in 2021. It's becoming a very real possibility.

Coming off the best finish of her Symetra Tour career at last week's Founders Tribute in Mesa, Ariz., the Osceola native moved up 87 spots on the Volvik Race for the Card money list to No. 8 in the standings. Because COVID-19 reduced the 2020 Symetra Tour schedule from 16 events to nine, however, it prompted the LPGA's developmental tour to pare the number of 2020 graduates from 10 to five. The IOA Championship is the fourth tournament on the schedule.

That makes Sunday a very significant day in Danielson's career.

For the second week in a row, the four-time WIAA Division 2 state champion is in position to chase down her first Symetra Tour victory. This time, she did it by shooting her second straight 3-under-par 69 to get to 6-under 138 and within three strokes of second-round leader Fatima Fernandez Cano (70-65) entering Sunday's final round.

Meanwhile, Madison native Tess Hackworthy has already made the IOA Championship one she will always remember. The former Madison Edgewood and University of Wisconsin golfer overcame a pair of double-bogeys in the second round with birdies at Nos. 3 and 16 and, at 2-over 146, made her first Symetra Tour cut on the number.

“I was excited to be in contention last week and have a chance for a win," Danielson said earlier this week. "I really like where my game is at and hope to continue playing solid this week in Beaumont. It is fun to see my name near the top of the Volvik Race for the Card, but there is a lot of golf left this season."

Less than $3,000 separates Danielson ($10,764) from fourth place in the standings. Most of that came last week when Danielson shot a pair of career-low 65s around a second-round 72 and came within a shot of winning the tournament.

This week, Danielson has worked her way toward the top of the leaderboard by minimizing her mistakes. She has made four birdies and one bogey in each of the first two rounds, climbing into the top five Saturday by birdieing two of her last three holes. 

Cano is one of the golfers immediately ahead of Danielson in the Volvik Race for the Card. Kim Kaufman, No. 5 on the money list, is one shot behind Danielson with 18 holes to play.

Danielson, however, holds to a personal rule of not looking at anyone who doesn't control what she's doing and that figures to be her approach again Sunday.

"I hope to keep learning about my game and improving this season," Danielson said entering the week.

Symetra Tour: Osceola's Casey Danielson, Madison's Tess Hackworthy at IOA Championship | Second-round results (Tukwet Canyon GC-Beaumont, Calif.)

Pos. Player Total Thru Today R1 R2 R3 Score
Wisconsin leaderboard
T5 Casey Danielson -6 F -3 69 69 138
T50 Tess Hackworthy 2 F 2 72 74 146
Full leaderboard
1 Fatima Fernandez Cano -9 F -$7 $70 65 135
2 Julie Aime -8 F -$4 $68 68 136
T3 Greta Voelker -7 F -$4 $69 68 137
T3 Anna Redding -7 F $1 $64 73 137
T5 Casey Danielson -6 F -$3 $69 69 138
T5 Laetitia Beck -6 F -$1 $67 71 138
T5 Sierra Brooks -6 F -$1 $67 71 138
8 Kim Kaufman -5 F 1 66 73 139
T9 Min-G Kim -4 F -7 75 65 140
T9 Demi Runas -4 F -5 73 67 140
T9 Sarah White -4 F -4 72 68 140
T9 Emily Penttila -4 F -3 71 69 140
T9 Robyn Choi -4 F -2 70 70 140
T9 Maddie McCrary -4 F E 68 72 140
15 Alexandra Kaui -3 F E 69 72 141
T16 Brianna Do -2 F -3 73 69 142
T16 Amanda Hollandsworth -2 F -1 71 71 142
T16 Ingrid Gutierrez Nunez -2 F -1 71 71 142
T16 Jenny Lee -2 F 1 69 73 142
T20 Bailey Tardy -1 F -3 74 69 143
T20 Kendra Dalton -1 F -2 73 70 143
T20 Allison Emrey -1 F -2 73 70 143
T20 Vicky Hurst -1 F -2 73 70 143
T20 Janet Mao -1 F -1 72 71 143
T20 Lucy Li -1 F E 71 72 143
T20 Catherine O'Donnell -1 F 1 70 73 143
T20 Sierra Sims -1 F 2 69 74 143
T28 Cindy Ha E F -4 76 68 144
T28 Alivia Brown E F -2 74 70 144
T28 Cheyenne Woods E F -2 74 70 144
T28 Julie Yang E F -1 73 71 144
T28 Nannette Hill E F -1 73 71 144
T28 Michelle Piyapattra E F E 72 72 144
T28 Veronica Felibert E F 1 71 73 144
T28 Lee Lopez E F 1 71 73 144
T28 Madison Pressel E F 1 71 73 144
T28 Wenbo Liu E F 2 70 74 144
T28 Clariss Guce E F 3 69 75 144
Projected Cut Line: E
T39 Brigitte Dunne 1 F -2 75 70 145
T39 Cara Gorlei 1 F -2 75 70 145
T39 Brittany Marchand 1 F -2 75 70 145
T39 Sophia Schubert 1 F -1 74 71 145
T39 Gigi Stoll 1 F E 73 72 145
T39 Laura Wearn 1 F E 73 72 145
T39 Josee Doyon 1 F 1 72 73 145
T39 Ana Belac 1 F 1 72 73 145
T39 Brittany Benvenuto 1 F 3 70 75 145
T39 Emilee Hoffman 1 F 3 70 75 145
T39 Allie Knight 1 F 4 69 76 145
T50 Dewi Weber 2 F -2 76 70 146
T50 Dorsey Addicks 2 F -1 75 71 146
T50 Elise Bradley 2 F E 74 72 146
T50 Amy Matsuoka 2 F E 74 72 146
T50 Kathleen Scavo 2 F E 74 72 146
T50 Samantha Wagner 2 F E 74 72 146
T50 Emma Jandel 2 F E 74 72 146
T50 Savannah Vilaubi 2 F E 74 72 146
T50 Roberta Liti 2 F 1 73 73 146
T50 Stephanie Na 2 F 2 72 74 146
T50 Milagros Chaves 2 F 2 72 74 146
T50 Tess Hackworthy 2 F 2 72 74 146
T50 Hexi Yuan 2 F 3 71 75 146
T50 Lilia Vu 2 F 3 71 75 146
T50 Riley Rennell 2 F 5 69 77 146
T65 Bethany Wu 3 F 1 74 73 147
T65 Janie Jackson 3 F 1 74 73 147
T65 Olivia Benzin 3 F 1 74 73 147
T65 Gabby Lemieux 3 F 1 74 73 147
T65 Hira Naveed 3 F 1 74 73 147
T65 Alejandra Llaneza 3 F 2 73 74 147
T65 Katrina Prendergast 3 F 4 71 76 147
T65 Frida Kinhult 3 F 5 70 77 147
T73 Ana Ruiz Laphond 4 F E 76 72 148
T73 Emily Gilbreth 4 F 1 75 73 148
T73 Haylee Harford 4 F 3 73 75 148
T73 Nikita Arjun 4 F 4 72 76 148
T73 Maddie Szeryk 4 F 4 72 76 148
T73 Regina Plasencia 4 F 4 72 76 148
T73 Britney Yada 4 F 5 71 77 148
T73 Emily Laskin 4 F 6 70 78 148
T81 Mia Landegren 5 F -1 78 71 149
T81 Karolina Vlckova 5 F 1 76 73 149
T81 Katie Yoo 5 F 3 74 75 149
T81 Sophie Hausmann 5 F 4 73 76 149
T81 Amy Lee 5 F 4 73 76 149
T81 Sophie Guo (a) 5 F 5 72 77 149
T87 Ji Eun Baik 6 F -1 79 71 150
T87 Anita Uwadia 6 F -1 79 71 150
T87 Paula Reto 6 F E 78 72 150
T87 Emmy Martin 6 F 1 77 73 150
T87 Yu Eun Kim 6 F 3 75 75 150
T87 Erynne Lee 6 F 3 75 75 150
T87 TJ Kliebphipat 6 F 4 74 76 150
T87 Katharine Patrick 6 F 5 73 77 150
T87 Amanda Doherty 6 F 6 72 78 150
T96 Marta Sanz Barrio 7 F E 79 72 151
T96 Holly Clyburn 7 F 1 78 73 151
T96 Samantha Richdale 7 F 1 78 73 151
T96 Min A Yoon 7 F 1 78 73 151
T96 Andrea Wong 7 F 2 77 74 151
T96 Julienne Soo 7 F 3 76 75 151
T96 Carley Cox 7 F 5 74 77 151
T96 Shasta Averyhardt 7 F 6 73 78 151
104 Binny Lee 8 F 7 73 79 152
T105 Csicsi Rozsa 9 F 3 78 75 153
T105 Elizabeth Schultz 9 F 5 76 77 153
T105 Breanne Jones 9 F 6 75 78 153
108 Samantha Troyanovich 10 F 13 69 85 154
T109 Nicole Sakamoto 11 F 5 78 77 155
T109 Hanule Sky Seo 11 F 6 77 78 155
T109 Ariana Macioce 11 F 7 76 79 155
T109 Krystal Quihuis 11 F 7 76 79 155
T113 Marisa Messana 12 F 3 81 75 156
T113 Tatiana Wijaya 12 F 3 81 75 156
T113 Karah Sanford 12 F 5 79 77 156
T113 Lakareber Abe 12 F 6 78 78 156
T113 Alexis Belton 12 F 10 74 82 156
118 Cecily Overbey 13 F 2 83 74 157
119 Katherine Hollern 14 F 3 83 75 158
120 Angella Then 15 F 4 83 76 159
T121 Maddie Luitwieler 16 F 7 81 79 160
T121 Alazne Urizar Zapata 16 F 7 81 79 160
T121 Ann Parmerter 16 F 11 77 83 160
124 Alisa Rodriguez 17 F 7 82 79 161
T125 Dylan Kim 19 F 7 84 79 163
T125 Simone Strauss 19 F 10 81 82 163
WD Ruixin Liu 69
WD Becca Huffer 79
DQ Eunice Yi 75

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