Volunteers of America Classic R2

Altomare, Knight and Sharp tied for lead in Texas

October 03-06
Old American Golf Club, The Colony, Texas
$1,300,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


“Play Cheyenne Knight golf. You don’t need to be anybody else.”

That is the simple mentality the 2019 LPGA Tour rookie has for the Volunteers of America Classic. She finished Friday in a tie for the lead at -9 alongside Alena Sharp and Brittany Altomare, the first time she has led in her LPGA career. Knight said she finally found something in her swing at the Indy Women in Tech Championship that has contributed to the recent success.


“I hit a draw and I haven’t been able to hit a draw, so I’ve been like just shallowing out my club a little bit, trying to hit kind of a hook and it’s been drawing. That’s like my normal shot shape,” said Knight. “I’ve really been hitting my numbers good because I’m hitting it solid, not mis-hitting it, so it’s been good. And my driver’s straight. In college like I never missed a fairway, rarely missed a green, made a few putts. Just doing that.”

The Aledo, Texas, native said one of her greatest assets this week is her mindset. “I’ve been working really hard on like my mental game and putting things into perspective,” she said. “I’m just going out there and living my dream. I mean, like coming full circle. I remember I played in the Volunteers of America when I was still in college and now as a pro, doing what I love every day. I think it’s just like more of like appreciation like about my mindset.”

Sharp finished with a bogey on the 18th for a 65, and Altomare fired a second bogey-free 66 to reach 9-under 133 at Old American Golf Club. All three leaders are yet to win on the LPGA Tour.

“I hit the ball really well,” Altomare said. “I gave myself some really close opportunities and I was lucky enough to make them. I was putting well and I just didn’t make any mistakes, which was really nice.”

Green learns major lessons

Jaye Marie Green entered the final round of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open one stroke off the lead. Her first win, let alone her first major victory, was well within her grasp. But derailed by three bogeys on the back nine, her final-round 74 dropped her out of contention and into a tie for fifth.

Green fully admits that the disappointment got to her. Since that week in Charleston, she has missed six of 11 cuts and only cracked the top 25 once. Throw in a move and all the trappings of a hectic traveling life, and it’s understandable that the 25-year-old Floridian would be frustrated. So two good rounds at the Volunteers of America Classic, paired with an inspirationally sunny outlook on life, were exactly what she needed. 


“I think about that Open almost every day. That was a tough one for me,” said Green after her second-round 68 at the Volunteers of America Classic. “You know, people say, oh, great top-five, but in my heart, I won that thing. I learned a lot just to stay patient. And there’s more to life than golf. It helps keep my attitude good because at the end of the day we’re all people and I’m more about, like, I want people to feel good.”

That patience paid off in the blistering weather conditions at Old American Golf Club. Green has only carded two bogeys in her first 36 holes, something she attributes to throwing her game back a few months, when things were clicking at the U.S. Women’s Open.

“Honestly, I’ve been working on not changing. Sometimes when I want to get better, I’m like, you could get better without changing things,” said Green, who is tied for fifth at -7 heading into the weekend. “So that’s what I’ve been really working on is just kind of swinging my swing, playing my own game, because that’s what got me close at the U.S. Open, so I’ve been trying to just like harness that energy.”


Perry playing under pressure again

Katherine Perry rolled into her third Volunteers of America Classic with one goal: avoid Q-Series. Perry, who ranks No. 118 on the Official Money List, knows she needs a high finish to miss the two-week event in her home state of North Carolina. She inched closer to her goal after posting a second-round 68 to comfortably make the cut at -7 and head into the weekend tied for fourth.

“I felt really good about yesterday and today. I feel like I’m swinging really well,” said Perry. “I feel like I’m trending in the right direction. Putting has felt really good, just a mistake here or there, but I feel like emotionally I kind of stayed pretty constant, which is the goal.”

Perry knows what it is like to play with mounting pressure on her back. She posted her career-best finish of T5 at the 2019 Pure Silk Championship after Monday qualifying. The result catapulted her up the LPGA Priority List, earning enough official money before the first reshuffle of the season to jump from Category 18 to 13.

“It has been a career year. It’s been a little up and down, just the excitement of the Pure Silk and then playing pretty well, making a lot of cuts there,” said Perry. “I didn’t keep moving forward like I really wanted to, but I feel like my game’s in a good spot right now. Just keep getting better.”

With two rounds of play left to determine her full Tour card fate, Perry reminded herself what all the time off the course could bring. “In October I want to take my nephew to the fair and hang out with him,” said Perry. “That would be great.”


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Alena Sharp
-9
68
65
133
T1
Brittany Altomare
-9
67
66
133
T1
Cheyenne Knight
-9
66
67
133
4
Stephanie Meadow
-8
63
71
134
T5
Jaye Marie Green
-7
67
68
135
T5
Katherine Perry
-7
67
68
135
T7
Caroline Hedwall
-6
69
67
136
T7
Jane Park
-6
69
67
136
T7
Georgia Hall
-6
68
68
136
T7
Wei-Ling Hsu
-6
68
68
136
T7
Ariya Jutanugarn
-6
68
68
136
T12
Maria Fassi
-5
70
67
137
T12
Daniela Darquea
-5
70
67
137
T12
In Gee Chun
-5
68
69
137
T12
Sei Young Kim
-5
68
69
137
T12
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-5
68
69
137
T12
Inbee Park
-5
67
70
137
T12
Jeongeun Lee6
-5
67
70
137
T12
Dori Carter
-5
65
72
137
T20
Brooke M. Henderson
-4
71
67
138
T20
Pavarisa Yoktuan
-4
70
68
138
T20
Hyo Joo Kim
-4
70
68
138
T20
Sakura Yokomine
-4
69
69
138
T20
Pornanong Phatlum
-4
68
70
138
T20
Jennifer Song
-4
68
70
138
T20
Kristen Gillman
-4
67
71
138
T20
Amy Olson
-4
65
73
138
T28
Eun-Hee Ji
-3
72
67
139
T28
Mina Harigae
-3
71
68
139
T28
Dana Finkelstein
-3
69
70
139
T28
Ruixin Liu
-3
66
73
139
T32
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-2
74
66
140
T32
Aditi Ashok
-2
69
71
140
T32
Youngin Chun
-2
69
71
140
T32
Gerina Piller
-2
69
71
140
T32
Sung Hyun Park
-2
69
71
140
T37
Ashleigh Buhai
-1
72
69
141
T37
Madelene Sagstrom
-1
72
69
141
T37
In-Kyung Kim
-1
70
71
141
T37
Lauren Kim
-1
69
72
141
T37
Dottie Ardina
-1
68
73
141
T37
Peiyun Chien
-1
68
73
141
T37
Lizette Salas
-1
68
73
141
T37
Gaby Lopez
-1
67
74
141
T45
Klara Spilkova
E
73
69
142
T45
Yu Liu
E
72
70
142
T45
Ayako Uehara
E
72
70
142
T45
Charlotte Thomas
E
72
70
142
T45
Sarah Schmelzel
E
71
71
142
T45
Jenny Haglund
E
71
71
142
T45
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
E
70
72
142
T45
Tiffany Joh
E
69
73
142
T45
Jasmine Suwannapura
E
68
74
142
T54
Sarah Burnham
1
73
70
143
T54
Morgan Pressel
1
70
73
143
T54
Brittany Lang
1
70
73
143
T54
Isi Gabsa
1
69
74
143
T54
Chella Choi
1
69
74
143
T54
Lindy Duncan
1
68
75
143
T54
P.K. Kongkraphan
1
68
75
143
T54
Angela Stanford
1
68
75
143
T54
Mi Jung Hur
1
68
75
143
T54
Moriya Jutanugarn
1
66
77
143
T64
Pajaree Anannarukarn
2
75
69
144
T64
Wichanee Meechai
2
74
70
144
T64
Celine Boutier
2
74
70
144
T64
Austin Ernst
2
72
72
144
T64
Jeong Eun Lee
2
72
72
144
T64
Hee Young Park
2
72
72
144
T64
Gabby Lemieux
2
71
73
144
T64
Mirim Lee
2
71
73
144
T64
Ally McDonald
2
71
73
144
T64
Na Yeon Choi
2
71
73
144
T64
Jenny Shin
2
71
73
144
T64
Cydney Clanton
2
69
75
144
T64
Hannah Green
2
68
76
144
T77
Alana Uriell
3
73
72
145
T77
Lee Lopez
3
73
72
145
T77
Charley Hull
3
72
73
145
T77
Lauren Stephenson
3
72
73
145
T77
Jennifer Kupcho
3
72
73
145
T77
Elizabeth Szokol
3
71
74
145
T77
Kim Kaufman
3
71
74
145
T77
Savannah Vilaubi
3
69
76
145
T77
Haeji Kang
3
69
76
145
T77
Pernilla Lindberg
3
68
77
145
T77
Cristie Kerr
3
68
77
145
T88
Kendall Dye
4
77
69
146
T88
Tiffany Chan
4
76
70
146
T88
Anne van Dam
4
74
72
146
T88
Celine Herbin
4
74
72
146
T88
Bronte Law
4
74
72
146
T88
Jing Yan
4
73
73
146
T88
Linnea Strom
4
73
73
146
T88
Ryann O’Toole
4
73
73
146
T88
Clariss Guce
4
72
74
146
T97
Brittany Marchand
5
75
72
147
T97
Katherine Kirk
5
73
74
147
T97
Louise Ridderstrom
5
73
74
147
T97
Kris Tamulis
5
69
78
147
T101
Sarah Kemp
6
74
74
148
T101
Emma Talley
6
73
75
148
T101
Christina Kim
6
72
76
148
T101
Maria Torres
6
72
76
148
T101
Suzuka Yamaguchi
6
71
77
148
T106
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
7
77
72
149
T106
Xiyu Lin
7
74
75
149
T106
Karine Icher
7
73
76
149
T106
Lindsey Weaver
7
73
76
149
T106
Jacqui Concolino
7
71
78
149
T111
Su Oh
8
78
72
150
T111
Marissa Steen
8
77
73
150
T111
Lee-Anne Pace
8
76
74
150
T111
Giulia Molinaro
8
76
74
150
T111
Brianna Do
8
74
76
150
T111
Nicole Broch Larsen
8
74
76
150
117
Gemma Dryburgh
11
77
76
153
118
Marissa Chow
15
79
78
157
WD
Paula Creamer
72
WD
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
77
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