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Harder Hall Women's Invitational: Leah Wigger has halfway lead

SEBRING, Florida (January 5, 2007) -- Leah Wigger extended her lead to two strokes with a one over par 73 in the second round of the 52nd Harder Hall Women’s Invitational Tournament. Auburn’s Candace Schepperle shot two over to hold onto second at the midway point of the 72 hole tournament. Vanderbilt’s Jacqui Concolino and Scotland’s junior Sally Watson are tied for third at one over par. Drury University’s Tonya Choate had the low round of the day with a 2 under par 70.

UVA's Wigger, a two-time All-American, got off to a quick start with a birdie on her first hole but stumbled with a consecutive bogey, double bogey but managed another birdie to make the turn at one over par. The second nine had two bogeys and 2 birdies. Candace Schepperle had a consistent round of two over par 74 with even par on the first nine and had two bogeys on the second nine.

Floridian Jacqui Concolino was a late entry and started slowly with 2 bogeys in the first three holes but settled down with three birdies in the middle of the round to finish at one over par, three shots out of the lead.

Fifteen year old Sally Watson from Scotland is making her Harder Hall debut with steady play and finished the day at one over par 73 and one over par for the tournament.

After thirty-six holes the low forty players and ties are in the championship flight and the cut this year was 158.

The Harder Hall Invitational is the first event on the women's Orange Blosson Tour which continues next week in Ormond Beach with the South Atlantic Amateur (Sally). For more information see: http://www.harderhallwomens.com/obt.html

Second Round Results CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT 69-73~142 Leah M. Wigger, Louisville, KY 70-74~144 Candace Schepperle, Birmingham, AL 72-73~145 Jacqui Concolino, Orlando, FL 72-73~145 Sally Watson, , Scotland 70-78~148 Rachel Connor, Royton, Oldham, England 74-74~148 Cindel Gwyn, Calabash, NC 76-73~149 Lucy Nunn, Lawton, OK 76-74~150 Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, VA 78-72~150 Lauren Hunt, Little River, SC 73-77~150 Diane Lang, Weston, FL 77-74~151 Taffy Brower, Boynton Beach, FL 81-70~151 Tonya Choate, Mt. Vernon, MO 77-74~151 Megan Grehan, Mamaroneck, NY 75-76~151 Isabelle Lendl, Bradenton, FL 75-76~151 Garrett Phillips, St. Simons Island, GA 77-74~151 Abigale Schepperle, Birmingham, AL 79-73~152 Daniela Lendl, Bradenton, FL 75-77~152 Courtney Mahon, Grandview, MO 76-77~153 Benedikte (Boo) Brynestad Grotvedt, Orlando, FL 78-75~153 Whitney Neuhauser, Barboursville, VA 73-80~153 Alexandrea Schulte, Broken Arrow, OK 78-75~153 Alison Walshe, Westford, MA 80-74~154 Carol S. Thompson, Sewickley, PA 81-74~155 Lindsey Bergeon, Sarasota, FL 79-76~155 Kelli Berns, South Haven, MN 78-77~155 Tyrette Metzendorf, Winter Haven, FL 77-78~155 Lauren Todd, Phoenix, AZ 79-76~155 Carly Truitt, Marysville, OH 75-81~156 Rachel Gavin, Valrico, FL 77-79~156 Lea Anne Brown, Mt. Pleasant, SC 81-76~157 Heather Burgner, Lakeland, FL 76-81~157 Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, FL 80-77~157 Joanna Saleeby, Raleigh, NC 77-80~157 Jaclyn Stelzer, Allen, TX 80-77~157 Maggie Weder, Greenville, NC 79-79~158 Brynn Anderson, Dallas, TX 83-75~158 Rachel Carpenter, Suffolk, VA 79-79~158 Sydney Crane, Jamestown, NC 81-77~158 Erin Fitzpatrick, Wauchula, FL 81-77~158 Tiffany Phelps, McKinney, TX 79-79~158 Monica Von Glahn, N. Palm Beach, FL

FIRST FLIGHT

77-82~159 Daria Cummings, Monroe, CT 77-82~159 Paula Fitzpatrick, Homestead, FL 77-82~159 Michelle Hartnell, Miami, FL 79-80~159 Ashley Medders, Alma, GA 80-79~159 Kristen Simpson, Norfolk, VA 84-76~160 Brooke Cooper, New York, NY 76-84~160 Dianne Yelovich, Pinehurst, NC 84-77~161 Gennifer Mendez, North Port, FL 80-81~161 Sarah Mooney, Augusta, GA 81-80~161 Jenna Winokur, Spring Lake, NJ 80-81~161 Hannah Yun, Bradenton, FL 77-85~162 Jade Bollinger, Wellington, FL 85-79~164 Laura Carson, Lake Bluff, IL 80-84~164 Patti Huxford, Cumming, GA 80-84~164 Jenny Schneider, Strafford, MO 82-82~164 Taylor Weaver , Spartanburg, SC

SECOND FLIGHT

85-80~165 Caroline Rankin, Hilton Head Island, SC 87-78~165 Barbara Pagana, Selinsgrove, PA 89-77~166 Jennifer Bodemann, Palm City, FL 83-83~166 Sydney Liles, Phoenix, AZ 83-83~166 Tracy Stanford, Midland, TX 82-85~167 Jennifer Adams, Bluffton, SC 86-81~167 Elizabeth Haines, Gladwyne, PA 78-89~167 Stephanie Mory, Haslett, MI 86-81~167 Jean Mowry, Hot SpringsVillage, AR 84-84~168 Pamela Clark Brown, Landenberg, PA 84-84~168 Carrie Lynn Morris, Tyler, TX 80-89~169 Jo Glenn, Tulsa, OK 81-88~169 Megan Place, Omaha, NE 83-86~169 Allison Rasnick, Marshfield, MO 84-85~169 Angel Sze, San Marino, CA 83-86~169 Rebecca Watson, , Scotland

THIRD FLIGHT

84-87~171 Mary Hill, Winston-Salem, NC 83-88~171 Joanie Roberts, Holly Hill, FL 86-86~172 Donna Marden, Tucson, AZ 90-82~172 Ginny Orthwein, St. Louis, MO 90-82~172 Mayura Skowronski, Jersey City, NJ 86-87~173 Christine Giza, Gilbert, AZ 87-86~173 Karen Greenway, Brooksville, FL 85-88~173 Mallory Mahon, Grandview, MO 90-83~173 Jessica Williams, Sebring, FL 88-86~174 Sarah Carty, Dublin, Ireland 88-87~175 Karen Smith, Chestertown, MD 82-93~175 DeAnne Stolarik, Zion, IL 85-91~176 Evelyn Byrd Blackmon, Nashville, TN 94-83~177 Clate Aydlett, Elizabeth City, NC 91-86~177 Karen Oldham, Naples, FL 89-88~177 Mary Wannamaker, Charlotte, NC

FOURTH FLIGHT

87-91~178 Sandra Jackson, New York, NY 85-93~178 Serena Johnston, Acworth, GA 87-94~181 Elaine Mozingo Johnson, Hartsville, SC 92-90~182 Alicia Stauffacher, Lakeland, FL 93-91~184 Denise Callahan, Canton, OH 97-88~185 Helen Joyce, Davenport, FL 93-92~185 Marcella Rose, St. Louis, MO 90-96~186 Amy St. John, Peoria, IL 99-89~188 Tori Bown, Belvidere, IL

ABOUT THE Harder Hall Invitational

The Harder Hall Women’s Invitational was first played in 1956 in Sebring, Florida. Harder Hall was a grand old hotel with a wonderful Dick Wilson golf course. The Tournament was started by Harder Hall Head Professional Ben Roman to draw women amateur golfers to Sebring. The hotel was closed in the 1980s but the Tournament has continued and thrived. 

Harder Hall is a four-day no cut stroke play Tournament for women amateurs.  It draws an international field and has two Divisions. The Championship Division handicaps are capped at 16.4 and the Ben Roman Division includes handicaps from 7.0 to 24.4. It is the first of four "Orange Blossom" Florida winter tournaments.

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