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Summerhays takes slim lead into final round of the Patriot Women's Invitational
Grace Summerhays (ASU Athletics photo)
Grace Summerhays (ASU Athletics photo)

Even after firing a 7-under 63 in the first round of the Patriot All-America Invitational on Thursday, Grace Summerhays knew locking down the championship come Saturday was going to be no small task.

The Arizona State sophomore followed her spectacular opening round with a solid 2-under 68 on Friday and at 9-under 131, will sleep on a one-shot lead over Antonia Malate of San Jose State, who carded a second-round 65 to move into sole possession of second place at 8-under 132.

Emma McMyler of Xavier and Briana Chacon of Oregon are within striking distance at 7-under 133 while Katherine Muzi is holding onto fifth place at 5-under 135.

Summerhays had four birdies against two birdies on her Friday card to maintain a slim lead over Malate, whose eight birdies more than offset three bogeys.

"It was a pretty even keel round," said Summerhays. "I hit some good shots when I needed to and made some putts and kind of got it going there at the end."

Heading into Saturday's final round, she feels to need to change the game plan that has worked so well for her the first two days at the Wigwam Golf Club outside of Phoenix.

"I've had a couple of experiences like this and I think the best plan for me is to stay aggressive. I don't think protecting anything is a good strategy so I'm just going to stay aggressive."

The low round of the day belonged to Oregon standout Brittany Shin, who turned a bogey-free 6-under 64 on the Blue Course to move into a tie for sixth at 4-under 136.

Results: Patriot All-America Women's Invitational
1CAAntonia MalateSeaside, CA70067-65-69=201
T2TXEmma McMylerSan Antonio, TX50067-66-68=201
T2AZGrace SummerhaysScottsdale, AZ50063-68-70=201
4CABriana ChaconWhittier, CA40065-68-69=202
5CAKatherine MuziWalnut, CA40068-67-68=203

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ABOUT THE Patriot All-America Women's Invitational

The Wigwam and the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation present the Patriot All- America Women's Invitational. It's one of the most unique events in all of golf.

42 top collegiate players named to the PING All- America team in NCAA Division I,II and III, NAIA and NJCAA, AJGA, one player from each military academy and select international players compete in a 54- hole championship.

Each player honors our military by carrying a bag with the name, rank and service of a fallen or severely wounded soldier embroidered on the pocket. Following the championship, the bags go to the players’ school for auction, with proceeds benefiting the Folds of Honor.

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