Casey Danielson | LET Q-School

Casey Danielson of the USA during the third round of Ladies European Tour Q-School. 

MILWAUKEE — Casey Danielson's day began with a bang and ended on a positive note, too, but the Osceola native has some work to do if she wants to make a run at her first career Symetra Tour victory in her homestate.

Danielson eagled No. 10 to start her round and birdied No. 9 to end it during the first round of the PHC Classic. In between, she made two birdies and two bogeys en route to a 3-under-par 69 that put her in a share for 10th place, five shots behind leader Dottie Ardina of The Phillipines.

The opening round of the fourth annual event could not have gone better for Ardina. She turned in a bogey-free, 8-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead after 18 holes at Brown Deer Park GC.

“It was one of those days that it’s perfect yardage,” said Ardina, who hit all 18 greens in regulation and only recorded 28 putts on the day. “No in between clubs, making a lot of putts, hitting it closer to the hole and having fun out there.”

Currently No. 1 in the Volvik Race for the Card, Ardina has positioned herself nicely for a weekend run at her first career Symetra Tour win. So far this season, she has finished solo second on two occasions and tied for second one other time.

Even with her spot in the rankings, Ardina is focused on that coveted first victory, which has eluded her this year. Could this be the week?

“The course is not too long for me,” Ardina said. “I hit a lot of 7-irons, which is like my comfortable approaching shot. The par-5s, even though my third shots are close from 80-85 yards, I’m really comfortable with the length of this course. It really suits my game.”

Meanwhile, Karolina Vlckova of The Czech Republic is just one shot behind Ardina. The former University of Florida standout has played in all 13 events this season, missing only two cuts along the way.

On this afternoon, Vlckova tied her season-best round of 7-under par 65, set in the first round of the Forsyth Classic where she went on to finish tied for 36th.

With the PHC Classic serving as the official United States qualifier for The Evian Championship from Sept. 13-16 in Evian-les-Bains, France, the top-two finishers this week earn exemption into the fifth and final major on the LPGA Tour schedule. However, Vlckova has opted to remove her name from consideration for the invite if she were to maintain her spot on the leaderboard.

“I don’t want to miss any events because I want to give myself a chance to get full LPGA membership for 2019,” said Vlckova, currently No. 43 in the Volvik Race for the Card. “To play in The Evian Championship, I would have to miss two weeks. It’s not going to count toward my rankings, so if I want to give myself a chance for getting the card and being in the top-10, I need to play in at least five of the last six events. I earn my card then I can play next year.”

Also within striking distance is most recent Symetra Tour champion Kendall Dye of Edmond, Oklahoma. Dye is coming off her third career title on the official qualifying tour of the LPGA at the Fuccillo Kia Classic of New York.

She carded seven birdies and only one bogey on her way to a 6-under par 66 today, the best mark from the morning wave of competitors.

“I like to see my name at the top of the leaderboard for sure,” Dye said. “Confidence is everything. If you don’t have confidence, any course can be your worst enemy. These greens are way firmer and way faster than Albany, but when the cup looks like a basketball hoop then life is good. Hopefully we get another one.”

A total of 60 players sit at 1-under par or better entering Day 2, which begins at 7:30 a.m. CT. The field will be cut to the low 60 plus ties for the final round.

Symetra Tour: Osceola's Casey Danielson, Madison's Jessie Gerry & Bobbi Stricker, Kohler's Jenna Peters, Edgerton's Allyssa Ferrell at PHC Classic (Brown Deer Park GC-Milwaukee)

Pos. Player Total
Saturday's
Tee Time
R1 R2 R3 Total
Wisconsin leaderboard
T10 Casey Danielson -3 9:09 AM 69 69
T43 Jessie Gerry -1 9:09 AM 71 71
T111 Jenna Peters 3 1:24 PM* 75 75
T111 Allyssa Ferrell 3 8:47 AM 75 75
T138 Bobbi Stricker (a) 5 1:02 PM* 77 77
Full leaderboard
1 Dottie Ardina -8 8:58 AM 64 64
2 Karolina Vlckova -7 8:36 AM 65 65
3 Kendall Dye -6 1:35 PM 66 66
T4 Carlie Carr -5 12:40 PM 67 67
T4 Demi Runas -5 9:42 AM 67 67
T4 Lauren Coughlin -5 9:20 AM 67 67
T7 Lori Beth Adams -4 1:57 PM* 68 68
T7 August Kim -4 1:46 PM 68 68
T7 Nontaya Srisawang -4 8:36 AM 68 68
T10 Dori Carter -3 2:30 PM 69 69
T10 Sarah Schmelzel -3 2:08 PM 69 69
T10 Samantha Troyanovich -3 1:57 PM 69 69
T10 Samantha Wagner -3 1:57 PM* 69 69
T10 Karen Chung -3 1:46 PM 69 69
T10 Vicky Hurst -3 1:46 PM* 69 69
T10 Regina Plasencia -3 1:46 PM* 69 69
T10 Erica Popson -3 1:35 PM* 69 69
T10 AJ Newell -3 1:24 PM 69 69
T10 Liv Cheng -3 1:02 PM 69 69
T10 Agathe Sauzon -3 1:02 PM 69 69
T10 Elizabeth Tong -3 9:20 AM 69 69
T10 Leslie Cloots -3 9:09 AM* 69 69
T10 Casey Danielson -3 9:09 AM 69 69
T10 Patricia Sanz Barrio -3 9:09 AM* 69 69
T10 Elizabeth Nagel -3 8:25 AM* 69 69
T10 Janie Jackson -3 8:03 AM* 69 69
T10 Huize Lian -3 8:03 AM 69 69
T10 Mia Piccio -3 7:41 AM* 69 69
T29 Marta Sanz Barrio -2 2:52 PM 70 70
T29 Anne Van Dam -2 2:52 PM* 70 70
T29 Laura Wearn -2 2:41 PM 70 70
T29 Lindsay Gahm -2 2:30 PM* 70 70
T29 Gabriella Then -2 2:19 PM 70 70
T29 Jordan Britt -2 2:08 PM 70 70
T29 Stephanie Kono -2 1:35 PM 70 70
T29 Eun Jeong Seong -2 1:35 PM 70 70
T29 Maria Parra -2 12:51 PM 70 70
T29 Katherine Perry -2 9:31 AM 70 70
T29 Pajaree Anannarukarn -2 8:47 AM 70 70
T29 Maia Schechter -2 8:47 AM* 70 70
T29 Emily Childs -2 8:03 AM 70 70
T29 Allison Emrey -2 7:30 AM 70 70
T43 Anneliese Newell -1 2:52 PM 71 71
T43 Nannette Hill -1 2:30 PM* 71 71
T43 Csicsi Rozsa -1 2:30 PM 71 71
T43 Veronica Felibert -1 2:19 PM* 71 71
T43 Jenny Coleman -1 2:08 PM* 71 71
T43 Charlotte Thomas -1 2:08 PM* 71 71
T43 Doris Chen -1 1:24 PM 71 71
T43 Kristin Coleman -1 1:02 PM* 71 71
T43 Chorphaka Jaengkit -1 12:51 PM* 71 71
T43 Jillian Hollis -1 9:20 AM* 71 71
T43 Jessie Gerry -1 9:09 AM 71 71
T43 Morgane Metraux -1 9:09 AM* 71 71
T43 Min Seo Kwak -1 8:58 AM 71 71
T43 Michelle Piyapattra -1 8:58 AM* 71 71
T43 Lindsey McCurdy -1 8:36 AM* 71 71
T43 Kyung Kim -1 8:25 AM 71 71
T43 Selena Costabile -1 8:03 AM* 71 71
T43 Cheyenne Knight -1 7:52 AM* 71 71
Projected Cut Line: -1
T61 Daniela Iacobelli E 2:41 PM 72 72
T61 Christine Meier E 2:41 PM* 72 72
T61 Nicole Jeray E 2:19 PM* 72 72
T61 Britney Yada E 2:19 PM 72 72
T61 Dana Finkelstein E 1:57 PM 72 72
T61 Stephanie Na E 1:46 PM 72 72
T61 Jennifer Ha E 9:42 AM* 72 72
T61 Portland Rosen E 9:42 AM 72 72
T61 Maddie McCrary E 9:31 AM 72 72
T61 Taylor Totland E 9:31 AM 72 72
T61 Esther Lee E 8:25 AM* 72 72
T61 Stephanie Miller E 8:14 AM 72 72
T61 Katelyn Sepmoree E 8:14 AM* 72 72
T61 Spencer Warne E 8:14 AM* 72 72
T61 Olivia Jordan-Higgins E 7:52 AM* 72 72
T61 Simin Feng E 7:30 AM* 72 72
T77 Ruixin Liu 1 2:08 PM* 73 73
T77 Victoria Morgan 1 2:08 PM 73 73
T77 Min-G Kim 1 1:46 PM* 73 73
T77 Pavarisa Yoktuan 1 1:35 PM* 73 73
T77 Jessica Welch 1 1:02 PM 73 73
T77 Desiree Dubreuil 1 12:51 PM* 73 73
T77 Natalie Vivaldi 1 12:51 PM 73 73
T77 Samantha Richdale 1 12:40 PM 73 73
T77 Julieta Granada 1 9:42 AM 73 73
T77 Lucia Polo 1 9:42 AM* 73 73
T77 Leona Maguire 1 8:58 AM* 73 73
T77 Stephanie Meadow 1 8:58 AM* 73 73
T77 Muni He 1 8:47 AM* 73 73
T77 Sandy Choi 1 8:25 AM* 73 73
T77 Nuria Iturrios 1 8:14 AM 73 73
T77 Matilda Castren 1 7:30 AM 73 73
T77 Courtney McKim (a) 1 7:30 AM 73 73
T94 Alex Milan 2 2:52 PM 74 74
T94 Shannon Fish 2 2:19 PM 74 74
T94 Nicole Sakamoto 2 1:57 PM 74 74
T94 Elizabeth Szokol 2 1:35 PM* 74 74
T94 Youngin Chun 2 1:13 PM 74 74
T94 Emma Henrikson 2 1:13 PM 74 74
T94 Min Lee 2 1:13 PM* 74 74
T94 Celina Yuan 2 1:02 PM* 74 74
T94 Becca Huffer 2 12:40 PM* 74 74
T94 Gabrielle Shipley 2 12:40 PM* 74 74
T94 Lee Lopez 2 9:31 AM* 74 74
T94 Ginger Howard 2 9:09 AM 74 74
T94 Clariss Guce 2 8:58 AM 74 74
T94 Emma Jandel 2 8:47 AM* 74 74
T94 Louise Ridderstrom 2 8:47 AM 74 74
T94 Krystal Quihuis 2 8:14 AM 74 74
T94 Camille Chevalier 2 7:30 AM* 74 74
T111 Elise Bradley 3 2:52 PM* 75 75
T111 Natalie Sheary 3 2:52 PM* 75 75
T111 Wad Phaewchimplee 3 2:41 PM 75 75
T111 Marissa Dodd 3 2:30 PM 75 75
T111 Grace Na 3 2:19 PM* 75 75
T111 Emily Collins 3 1:57 PM* 75 75
T111 Gabby Lemieux 3 1:24 PM* 75 75
T111 Jenna Peters 3 1:24 PM* 75 75
T111 Marissa Chow 3 12:51 PM 75 75
T111 Kelly Tan 3 9:42 AM* 75 75
T111 Allyssa Ferrell 3 8:47 AM 75 75
T111 Lakareber Abe 3 8:25 AM 75 75
T111 Kristy McPherson 3 8:25 AM 75 75
T111 Prima Thammaraks 3 8:03 AM 75 75
T111 Jean Reynolds 3 7:52 AM 75 75
T111 Marion Ricordeau 3 7:41 AM 75 75
T127 Sadena Parks 4 1:13 PM* 76 76
T127 Laura Restrepo 4 12:51 PM* 76 76
T127 Andrea Wong 4 9:20 AM 76 76
T127 Sierra Sims 4 8:36 AM* 76 76
T127 Linnea Strom 4 8:36 AM 76 76
T127 Emily Penttila 4 8:14 AM* 76 76
T127 Samantha Postillion 4 8:03 AM* 76 76
T127 Paula Hurtado 4 7:41 AM 76 76
T127 Kate Machado 4 7:41 AM* 76 76
T127 Erika Scott 4 7:41 AM 76 76
T127 Brittany Benvenuto 4 7:30 AM* 76 76
T138 Margarita Ramos 5 2:41 PM* 77 77
T138 Ssu-Chia Cheng 5 1:24 PM* 77 77
T138 Bobbi Stricker (a) 5 1:02 PM* 77 77
T138 Allie Knight 5 7:52 AM 77 77
T142 Megan Osland 6 2:41 PM* 78 78
T142 Heather Shake 6 1:13 PM 78 78
T142 Panitta Yusabai 6 12:40 PM* 78 78
T142 Jordy LaBarbera 6 9:20 AM* 78 78
T142 Haley Mills 6 9:20 AM* 78 78
T142 Catherine O'Donnell 6 8:36 AM* 78 78
T142 Sirene Blair 6 7:52 AM 78 78
T149 Brogan McKinnon 7 1:13 PM* 79 79
T149 Louise Stahle 7 7:41 AM* 79 79
T151 Dorsey Addicks 8 1:24 PM 80 80
T151 Lauren Diaz-Yi 8 12:40 PM 80 80
T151 Alejandra Llaneza 8 9:31 AM* 80 80
T151 Anna Young 8 7:52 AM* 80 80
155 Shasta Averyhardt 9 9:31 AM* 81 81
156 Hanule Sky Seo 12 2:30 PM* 84 84