Markle, Ianson maintain PNGA Women's Sr. Team lead
SUN RIVER, Ore. (Sept. 18, 2012) -- Kareen Markle of Meridian, Idaho and Shawna Ianson of Boise, Idaho posted a 1-over-par 72 in Tuesday’s Chapman format, but saw their lead shrink to one stroke over Lisa Smego of Olympia, Wash. and Karen Brannon of Redmond, Wash. after two rounds of play in the 30th Pacific Northwest Women’s Senior Team Championship. The second round was played on the Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort.

Markle and Ianson started off well on Tuesday with a birdie on the par-5 second hole to move to 7-under-par for the championship, but after a bogey on the sixth hole they made the turn at 6-under-par with an even-par 35 on the front nine. The back nine proved to be a challenge as well for the leaders, as they bogeyed the 14th and 18th holes to go along with a birdie on the 16th hole.

They finished the day at 1-over-par 72 for a two-day total of 5-under-par 138 and a slim, one-stroke lead over Smego and Brannon. Smego and Brannon began the second round three strokes off the lead but gained two strokes on Markle and Ianson after firing a 1-under-par 70 on Tuesday.

The duo bogeyed the second hole and was instantly faced with a five shot deficit, but they responded with back-to-back birdies on holes four and five to cut into the lead. They made the turn at even-par 35 and remained at 3-under-par through much of the back nine before a birdie on the 15th hole pushed them within a stroke of the lead.

They will once again be paired with Markle and Ianson in Wednesday’s final round. Last year’s runners-up, Rachel Whittington of Lake Oswego, Ore. and Nancy Eglin of Yakima, Wash., are once again lurking after an even-par 71 on Tuesday put them in solo third place and only two strokes off the lead. The low round of the day came from Jackie Nelson of Hillsboro, Ore. and Mary Sias of Portland, Ore., whose 2-under-par 69 vaulted them into a tie for sixth place entering the final round.

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54-hole Stroke Play Competition (Gross and Net). Play will be contested over two different golf courses using a different format on each day (Four-Ball, Chapman, and Four-Ball), Two-person teams with the field separated into two equal flights based on team handicap.

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