Emery Bardock of Armstrong discusses her next shot with her caddy Brett Allen at the 2017 B.C. Women’s Amateur Championships Saturday at the Vernon Golf and Country Club. (Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star)

Szeryk shifts into Amateur penthouse

Maddie Szeryk of Texas shot a 4-under 69 Tuesday to lead the B.C. Amateur Women’s Golf Championships

Maddie Szeryk of Texas carded a 4-under 69 Tuesday to grab a six-stroke lead after 36 holes of the B.C. Amateur Women’s Golf Championships in Vernon.

Szeryk, 20, coming off a super sophomore season with the NCAA Texas A&M Aggies, posted nines of 34 and 35 while playing a bogey-free round. The dual citizen recorded birdies on the fourth, eighth, 10th and 14th holes. Szeryk, who fired an opening-round 70, finished tied for 14th in the Canadian Amateur last year in Nova Scotia.

Michelle Kim of Surrey was alone in second place after shooting 73. Kim posted nines of 38 and 35. She had bogeys on the third, fifth and seventh holes.

Jacyln Lee of Calgary was third, one stroke behind Kim, with a 74. Grace St-Germain of Ottawa was fourth after producing a 70 for a 148 total.

First-day leader Naomi Ko of Victoria, who plays for the North Carolina State Wolfpack, dropped to No. 5 with an 80 after fashioning a 69 Tuesday. Ko, 19, scored a triple-bogey on the 11th hole en route to a 43 back nine.

Tiegan Taylor of Kelowna was at 76-77-153, while Jessica Claggett of West Kelowna went 83-79-162 and Emery Bardock of Armstrong (Spallcumheen Golf &CC) also made the cut at 82-81-163.

Kylie Jack of West Kelowna, who plays out of Nk’Mip Canyon Desert GC in Osoyoos, survived the cut at 80-84-164, as did Emma Sabbagh of Kelowna (85-81-166).

The top 28 and ties move to Thursday’s third round. The 72-hole tournament ends Friday.


Naomi Ko of Victoria watches her putt at the 2017 B.C. Women’s Amateur Championships Saturday at the Vernon Golf and Country Club. (Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star)

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