Stacy Lewis, Meena Lee Tied For Lead After 3rd Round Of 2014 North Texas LPGA Shootout

Third Round co-leaders Stacy Lewis and Meena Lee (click to enlarge)

Sunday’s final round of the 2014 North Texas LPGA Shootout is the kind of set-up that I like. There are compelling and competing storylines that will pull my rooting interest in a myriad of directions. The most talked about is whether Stacy Lewis with continue to play bridesmaid in yet another event or will she finally take the title for the first time since last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open. Since winning on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Stacy has finished runner-up at the Safeway Classic, the Reinwood LPGA Classic, and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in 2013 as well as the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, the JTBC Founders Cup and Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in 2014. She was also 3rd at this year’s Kraft Nabisco Championship. In a year that has seen the resurgence of American women on the LPGA, the American female golfer who currently ranks ahead of them all has yet to cash in a victory. Although born in Ohio and an Arkansas LadyBack legend from her college days, Stacy is a Texan at heart, growing up in The Woodlands. With Hawaii native Michelle Wie winning in front of her home crowd a few weeks ago in the Aloha State, there would be a nice symmetry to Stacy winning in the Lone Star State. Tied for the lead at 9-under after round 3, she will get her chance.

Meena Lee (click to enlarge)

On the other hand, co-leader Meena Lee is a 2-time LPGA winner but hasn’t held a trophy since the 2006 Fields Open. It can be reasonably surmised that Stacy Lewis, an 8-time winner with 2 Majors who is playing at an exceptionally high level, with be afforded many more opportunities for victory. Who knows how many more times Meena will be in this position? I’ve always been a big Meena fan, so it’s difficult for me not to hope she pulls out the triumph, though I am also quite fond of Stacy. As if that wasn’t a hard enough choice to make, there’s Julieta Granada and Dori Carter tied for 3rd. Julieta has a single LPGA title, coming at the 2006 ADT Championship. She won a million dollars with that victory, but has been winless since. Dori Carter has seen more missed cuts than made cuts since her rookie season in 2011. Until this year at the Kia Classic, Dori had never registered a top 10. To see her win might be the sweetest of all the scenarios. The other 3 have known what success on tour is like. Dori could possibly change the course of her career with a win.

 

ALL PICS CLICK TO ENLARGE

IN ADDITION TO THIRD ROUND PHOTOS, I HAVE INCLUDED A FEW LPGA PHOTOSHOOT PICS FROM PRIOR TO THE FIRST ROUND

 

T1 STACY LEWIS (-9)

with nephew, Cole Wysocki

T1 MEENA LEE (-9)

T3 JULIETA GRANADA (-8)

T3 SUZANN PETTERSEN (-8)

T6 JENNIFER JOHNSON (-7)

T6 NATALIE GULBIS (-7)

T13 NA YEON CHOI (-6)

T13 INBEE PARK (-6)

T15 LEXI THOMPSON (-5)

T15 MICHELLE WIE (-5)

T18 PORNANONG PHATLUM (-4)

T18 CAROLINE MASSON (-4)

T26 CHELLA CHOI (-3)

 

THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS UNFORTUNATELY MISSED THE CUT OR WITHDREW THIS WEEK BUT WERE PART OF THE PRE-TOURNEY PHOTOSHOOT

 

CHIE ARIMURA

JESSICA KORDA

 

 

HEE YOUNG PARK

JEONG JANG

MORGAN PRESSEL

BEATRIZ RECARI

SO YEON RYU

 

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
T1 Meena Lee 70 64 70 12:55 pm -1 F -9 204
T1 Stacy Lewis 71 64 69 12:55 pm -2 F -9 204
T3 Suzann Pettersen 66 71 68 12:44 pm -3 F -8 205
T3 Dori Carter 67 70 68 12:44 pm -3 F -8 205
T3 Julieta Granada 71 66 68 12:55 pm -3 F -8 205
T6 Jennifer Johnson 71 70 65 12:44 pm -6 F -7 206
T6 Jenny Shin 69 69 68 12:33 pm -3 F -7 206
T6 Thidapa Suwannapura 70 68 68 12:33 pm -3 F -7 206
T6 Kim Kaufman 72 66 68 12:33 pm -3 F -7 206
T6 Cristie Kerr 67 70 69 12:22 pm -2 F -7 206
T6 Natalie Gulbis 70 65 71 12:22 pm E F -7 206
T6 Christina Kim 67 69 70 12:22 pm -1 F -7 206
T13 Na Yeon Choi 72 69 66 12:01 pm -5 F -6 207
T13 Inbee Park 71 68 68 12:01 pm -3 F -6 207
T15 Lexi Thompson 70 71 67 12:01 pm -4 F -5 208
T15 Michelle Wie 67 73 68 11:50 am -3 F -5 208
T15 Sarah Kemp 71 68 69 11:50 am -2 F -5 208
T18 Alena Sharp 73 70 66 11:50 am -5 F -4 209
T18 Lorie Kane 69 73 67 11:39 am -4 F -4 209
T18 Pat Hurst 72 70 67 11:39 am -4 F -4 209
T18 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 69 72 68 11:39 am -3 F -4 209
T18 Haru Nomura 70 70 69 11:28 am -2 F -4 209
T18 Pornanong Phatlum 70 68 71 11:28 am E F -4 209
T18 Dewi Claire Schreefel 71 66 72 11:28 am +1 F -4 209
T18 Caroline Masson 67 67 75 11:17 am +4 F -4 209
T26 Chella Choi 69 74 67 11:17 am -4 F -3 210
T26 Amy Anderson 71 72 67 11:17 am -4 F -3 210
T26 Jennifer Song 73 69 68 11:06 am -3 F -3 210
T26 Mina Harigae 74 68 68 11:06 am -3 F -3 210
T26 Karine Icher 73 69 68 11:06 am -3 F -3 210
T26 Tiffany Joh 74 66 70 10:55 am -1 F -3 210
T26 Moira Dunn 70 68 72 10:55 am +1 F -3 210
T33 Alison Walshe 72 72 67 10:55 am -4 F -2 211
T33 Ryann O’Toole 70 73 68 10:34 am -3 F -2 211
T33 Stacey Keating 71 71 69 10:34 am -2 F -2 211
T33 Brittany Lang 70 71 70 10:23 am -1 F -2 211
T33 Jee Young Lee 71 70 70 10:34 am -1 F -2 211
T33 Ji Young Oh 73 67 71 10:23 am E F -2 211
T39 Pernilla Lindberg 73 71 68 10:23 am -3 F -1 212
T39 Cydney Clanton 67 76 69 10:12 am -2 F -1 212
T39 Mi Hyang Lee 69 74 69 10:12 am -2 F -1 212
T39 Megan Grehan 76 67 69 10:12 am -2 F -1 212
T39 Sydnee Michaels 71 71 70 10:01 am -1 F -1 212
T39 Sarah Jane Smith 72 70 70 10:01 am -1 F -1 212
T39 Juli Inkster 69 72 71 10:01 am E F -1 212
T39 Megan McChrystal 70 68 74 9:50 am +3 F -1 212
T39 Azahara Munoz 70 68 74 9:50 am +3 F -1 212
T48 Paz Echeverria 70 73 70 9:39 am -1 F E 213
T48 Gerina Piller 72 71 70 9:50 am -1 F E 213
T48 Felicity Johnson 70 68 75 9:39 am +4 F E 213
T48 Katherine Kirk 69 69 75 9:39 am +4 F E 213
T52 Alejandra Llaneza 72 72 70 MC 214
T52 Jennifer Rosales 73 71 70 MC 214
T52 Beatriz Recari 74 70 70 MC 214
T52 Laura Diaz 77 67 70 MC 214
T52 Paola Moreno 71 72 71 MC 214
T52 Angela Stanford 71 72 71 MC 214
T52 Sun Young Yoo 70 71 73 MC 214
T59 Emma Jandel 74 70 71 MC 215
T59 Jessica Korda 72 70 73 MC 215
T59 Xiyu Lin 68 73 74 MC 215
T59 P.K. Kongkraphan 68 72 75 MC 215
T59 Amelia Lewis 68 72 75 MC 215
T64 Haeji Kang 69 75 72 MC 216
T64 Nicole Jeray 72 72 72 MC 216
T64 Brooke Pancake 73 70 73 MC 216
T64 Christel Boeljon 73 70 73 MC 216
T68 Austin Ernst 72 72 73 MC 217
T68 Danielle Kang 70 73 74 MC 217
T68 Sue Kim 71 72 74 MC 217
T68 Victoria Elizabeth 70 71 76 MC 217
72 Joanna Klatten 71 72 75 MC 218
73 Ayako Uehara 73 71 76 MC 220
74 Karen Stupples 71 73 83 MC 227
T75 Chie Arimura 73 72 MC MC 145
T75 Irene Coe 74 71 MC MC 145
T75 Jeong Jang 71 74 MC MC 145
T75 Hee Young Park 72 73 MC MC 145
T75 Erica Popson 72 73 MC MC 145
T75 Morgan Pressel 72 73 MC MC 145
T75 Paula Reto 71 74 MC MC 145
T75 Lizette Salas 74 71 MC MC 145
T75 Ashleigh Simon 71 74 MC MC 145
T75 Jaclyn Sweeney 71 74 MC MC 145
T85 Marina Alex 73 73 MC MC 146
T85 Katie Burnett 74 72 MC MC 146
T85 Carlota Ciganda 76 70 MC MC 146
T85 Brianna Do 74 72 MC MC 146
T85 M.J. Hur 74 72 MC MC 146
T85 Hannah Jun Medlock 73 73 MC MC 146
T85 Hanna Kang 74 72 MC MC 146
T85 Ashley Knoll 74 72 MC MC 146
T85 Candie Kung 72 74 MC MC 146
T85 Ilhee Lee 76 70 MC MC 146
T85 Seon Hwa Lee 72 74 MC MC 146
T85 Mo Martin 75 71 MC MC 146
T85 Catriona Matthew 73 73 MC MC 146
T85 Giulia Sergas 74 72 MC MC 146
T99 Heather Bowie Young 72 75 MC MC 147
T99 Nicole Castrale 72 75 MC MC 147
T99 Sandra Gal 76 71 MC MC 147
T99 Maria Hernandez 72 75 MC MC 147
T99 Jimin Kang 71 76 MC MC 147
T99 Jennifer Kirby 76 71 MC MC 147
T99 Giulia Molinaro 73 74 MC MC 147
T99 Jenny Suh 74 73 MC MC 147
T107 Silvia Cavalleri 71 77 MC MC 148
T107 Louise Friberg 73 75 MC MC 148
T107 Katie Futcher 79 69 MC MC 148
T107 Jaye Marie Green 74 74 MC MC 148
T107 Jane Rah 77 71 MC MC 148
T107 Karin Sjodin 75 73 MC MC 148
T107 Sammi Stevens 76 72 MC MC 148
T107 Maddie Szeryk 74 74 MC MC 148
T107 Kris Tamulis 74 74 MC MC 148
T116 Anya Alvarez 73 76 MC MC 149
T116 Laura Davies 76 73 MC MC 149
T116 Eun-Hee Ji 76 73 MC MC 149
T116 Lisa McCloskey 79 70 MC MC 149
T116 Becky Morgan 79 70 MC MC 149
T116 Belen Mozo 79 70 MC MC 149
T116 Se Ri Pak 76 73 MC MC 149
T116 Caroline Westrup 73 76 MC MC 149
T124 Danah Bordner 71 79 MC MC 150
T124 Cindy LaCrosse 73 77 MC MC 150
T124 Reilley Rankin 70 80 MC MC 150
T124 Alex Stewart 75 75 MC MC 150
T128 Perrine Delacour 73 78 MC MC 151
T128 Kathleen Ekey 77 74 MC MC 151
T128 Veronica Felibert 76 75 MC MC 151
T128 Hee-Won Han 78 73 MC MC 151
T128 Moriya Jutanugarn 77 74 MC MC 151
T128 Kristy McPherson 75 76 MC MC 151
T128 Kelly Tan 78 73 MC MC 151
T135 Julia Boland 78 74 MC MC 152
T135 Mindy Kim 76 76 MC MC 152
T137 Sandra Changkija 77 76 MC MC 153
T137 Brittany Fan 79 74 MC MC 153
139 Maria McBride 77 77 MC MC 154
140 Vicky Hurst 77 79 MC MC 156
141 Annika Clark 81 82 MC MC 163
142 I.K. Kim 74 WD WD WD 74
143 Lindsey Wright 79 WD WD WD 79
144 Christine Song 88 WD WD WD 88
So Yeon Ryu
Paula Creamer
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