With the third round of the World Deaf Golf Championships completed yesterday, Australian Jack Besley continues to lead the men’s competition with a two stroke lead over Denmark’s Hans Elgaard. On the women’s side, the United States’s Patty Lopez has built up a seven stroke lead over her nearest competitor, Norwegian Andrea Hjellegjerde.
Lopez had a three stroke lead over Netherlands golfer Leonie Warringa going into the third round. While Lopez has performed consistently across all three rounds with scores of 75, 76 and 76, Warringa has been inconsistent, with a 77 fist round score, 80 second round score and 88 third round score. Despite the poor performance in the third round, Warringa only fell to eighth place. The next closest golfer to the top three is Australian Jennifer Maric, who has a combined score so far of 266 to Lopez’s 230, Hjellegjerde 237 and Warringa 245.
Denmark’s Hans Elgaard built a one stroke lead over England’s Paul Waring and a two stroke lead over England’s Michael Burris to site alone in second place on the men’s side. He was tied with Burris following the second round.
Only the senior men’s event saw a change at the top of the leader board, with Netherland’s Charles Mikkers passing American Keith Worek. Mikkers now has a three stroke lead, after being down one following the second round. Canada’s Kenneth Hoffman is still in third following the round, but is now tied with American golfer John Rush and Gerald Isobe. All three golfers have a score of 243. Tim Dapp shot a 77, a nine shot improvement over the second round, to put himself in fourth place and a three stroke striking distance of finishing in the top three.
While the weather for the competition has continued to improve, golfers have experienced some problems with pin placement.
The World Deaf Golf Championships started Saturday at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse, Michigan. Fourteen countries are participating including the United States, Netherlands, Australia, England, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Canada, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Denmark, and Finland. In total, 64 men, 16 women, and 29 seniors are participating. The competition wraps up today.