Longer Short-Game For Spartans At U.S. Women's Open

Edina, Minn.-----Both Pat Hurst and Janice Moodie had their share of birdies in the third round of the 63rd U.S. Women’s Open at the Interlachen Country Club golf course. Gripping the putter too often sent the scores of the two former San Jose State stars above par for the second round in a row.

Hurst needed 31 putts, her most for any of the first three rounds, for a four-over par 77, and Moodie took 33 for her nine-over par 80.

Moodie, the four-time All-American in the 1990’s, had four birdies that were wiped out by nine bogeys and a double bogey. The Scotland native has a 229 total and is tied for 71st place. Hitting a tournament low of 8-of-18 greens in regulation fueled the greater use of her putter in the third round.

Hurst, the first round co-leader, had three birdies, three bogeys and a pair of double bogeys. She heads into the final round with a 222 total and is tied for 36th place.

Stacy Lewis, who turned pro in May 2008 after playing for the University of Arkansas, is the championship leader with a nine-under par 210.

The 72-hole championship concludes with 18 holes on June 29. Live scoring is available at www.uswomensopen.com.