DeWitt Though just 20 years old, Victoria Elizabeth is a seasoned professional, having joined their ranks just after high school as she pursued her dream of reaching the LPGA Tour.
Now Elizabeth is one solid round from insuring that the dream comes true, having seized a three-shot lead with a brilliant Saturday performance at the rain-soaked Symetra Tour's Credit Union Classic at Drumlins Country Club.
It's already been a good 2012 for Elizabeth, as a pair of runner-up finishes on the Symetra Tour has put her sixth on the money list with $21,857. A win here would all but clinch her LPGA Tour card, as the top 10 on the money list get promoted at season's end.
After waiting out a delay of nearly three hours at Drumlins' East Course, the Dayton, Ohio native shot a six-under-par 65, the tournament's low round, to move to nine-under-par 133 through 36 holes.
This puts Elizabeth ahead of first-round co-leader Courtney Massey, as the Australian's 70 left her tied with Thialand native Thidapa Suwannapura, who followed up her opening 69 with a 67 to finish at 136.
The other two first-round pace-setters, Jessica Speechley and Laura Kueny, both fell back with matching totals of 73. It didn't help that, just as Speechley and Kueny were beginning their rounds, at 9:48 a.m. the horn sounded for a weather delay.
It wasn't because of lightning. Heavy downpours saturated Drumlins' East course, rendering it unplayable. The rain did not stop until noon, and after some hard work by the grounds crew to clean up the water, play resumed at 12:38 p.m. after a two-hour, 50-minute delay.
Briefly, Utica native Moira Dunn charged into a tie for the lead with five birdies in her first 10 holes to vault to five under, only to cool off and miss a short par putt on 18 to end up at 138, five back of Elizabeth.