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Atsedes and McCurdy Take The Lead At The T&CP National Championship

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LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals National Championship
The Golf Club at Ballantyne
Charlotte, N.C.
August 22-24, 2011
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Lori Atsedes and Amanda McCurdy Take The Lead At The T&CP National Championship

The old saying “drive for show and putt for dough” has been the center of conversation at the 24th annual Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) National Championship.

The tricky greens at The Golf at Ballantyne plagued several players during Tuesday’s final round but Lori Atsedes (pictured right) and Amanda McCurdy prevailed to take a one-stroke lead.

Atsedes of Litchfield Park, AZ and McCurdy of Mansfield, TX both shot matching 71-71’s to finish with a two-day total of even-par 144.

A former contestant on the Golf Channel’s Big Break Kaanapali, Atsedes had an up-and-down day but finished with two consecutive birdies to get a share of the lead heading into tomorrow’s final round.

“I started out with some bogies and I didn’t hit it well in the middle of the round but I finished with four threes,” said Atsedes. Golf is just one of those games. I had three people playing today; it was me, my evil twin and someone I didn’t even know.”

Atsedes, who recently retired from the LPGA Futures Tour, played on the tour for 19 years where she won seven times and is currently the leading money winner ($226,122).

McCurdy, who is currently the lead golf instructor for the City of Arlington, knows she needs to work on her putting heading into tomorrow’s final round but is feeling confident about the way she is striking the ball.

“I played pretty solid both days,” said McCurdy. “I hit my drive pretty well, hit a lot of greens and made some good up-and-downs. I just haven’t made the putts I should have I made some good saves but I left at least four shots out there the past two days.”

The former University of Arkansas Razorback spent hours on the practice putting green following her second round to remedy the kinks in her putting.

“I will feel good if I can get a good feel about my putting,” said McCurdy. “I’m going to go work on my set-up, it just doesn’t feel comfortable which doesn’t really let me stand over the ball with much confident.”

Atsedes and McCurdy currently hold a one-stroke lead over LPGA Tour veteran Maggie Will. Will, playing in her first T&CP National Championship, shot rounds of 70-73 to sit at one-over par.

The round of the day in the championship division was turned in by Pinehurst, NC resident Charlaine Hirst who carded five birdies, one bogey and one double-bogey en route to a two-under par 69.

The South African had the flatstick rolling as she only needed 25 putts during Tuesday’s second round to catapult her up the leader from a tie for 28th into a tie for seventh. .

“Yesterday I felt like I hit the ball well but I couldn’t putt for anything, the greens got in my head,” said Hirst. “The speed of the greens are outrageously tough in some locations.”

Hirst played collegiate golf at Longwood University in Farmville, VA where she was a four-time All-American and two-time Division II National Champion. After college, Hirst went on to play on the LPGA Futures Tour for nine years and won the 2009 T&CP Sout

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