Alex Schies hung up her competitive dancing shoes two years ago to focus full time on her golf game.
Heading into her junior year at Texas Wesleyan, the Mansfield resident is not only demonstrably better, she sits tied for 16th going into the final round of the Texas Women’s Open at Rolling Hills Country Club.
Schies is sixth among amateurs in the field and four shots back of Austin’s Ann Parmerter for low amateur honors.
However, the Arlington Oakridge alum said she knows a low round might mean a chance at the title Saturday afternoon, even though she trails 36-hole leader Christina Lecuyer by seven shots.
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A little bit of everything has gotten better, but [my] short game has really improved.
“I’ve got it in me to shoot a low round and I’ve got a ton of confidence over the last couple of weeks,” Schies said. “I’ve been hitting it really close and driving the ball well, and I made a ton of birdies in the first round.”
Three birdies to be exact, but also a hole-in-one on the par-3 fourth hole, her second in as many weeks. She also holed out for eagle in another competitive round.
Friday’s round of 78 dealt a blow to her title hopes, but it wasn’t terrible, considering the average score in the second round was 78.61.
Schies blistered the field over the first 18 holes Thursday (79.65 average) by shooting even-par 71.
Still, she is pleased with how her game has come together and is looking forward to two more seasons at Texas Wesleyan before deciding on whether to chase a pro golf career.
Today was just one of those days where I got a bad break here and there and the putts that went in the first day didn’t go in today.
Christina Lecuyer, who managed to hold onto the lead through 36 holes.
“A little bit of everything has gotten better, but [my] short game has really improved,” she said. “But first things first, I just want to get a degree, because you never know how things will turn out.
“If I get injured or something, it’s not like I can go back and play golf at the college level. Right now, I just want to get better and finish up school.”
For Lecuyer (142), it was a Jekyll-and-Hyde effort between her first two rounds, but the Conway, Ark., pro remains a shot up on Arizona’s Kyung Kim (143).
Kim had the low round Friday with a 2-under 69.
“Today was just one of those days where I got a bad break here and there and the putts that went in the first day didn’t go in today,” Lecuyer said. “It’s pretty good that I’m still in the lead after shooting 76, but that just goes to how I’ve played all week, which is really remaining calm and not getting worked up.”
Texas Women’s Open
Through today, Rolling Hills Country Club, Arlington