Dot­tie Ar­dina car­ries a 3 stroke lead into fi­nal round of Mur­phy USA El Do­rado Shootout.

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Dot­tie Ar­dina (Philip­pines) con­tin­ued her tremen­dous play on Satur­day with an­other 5-un­der, 67 at the Mur­phy USA El Do­rado Shootout. She moved to 10-un­der, 132 and will take a three-stroke lead into Sun­day’s fi­nal­round. Ar­dina has made just one bo­gey over the first 36 holes and will go for her first ca­reer win on Sun­day. No. 2 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list, Ce­line Boutier (Mon­trouge, France), will en­ter the fi­nal-round in sec­ond at 7-un­der, 137. Char­lotte Thomas (Guild­ford, Eng­land) carded a 4-un­der, 68 on Satur­day to move into third place at 5-un­der, 139.

If Ar­dina wins, she would be just the sec­ond from the Philip­pines to win on the Symetra Tour. The only player to win was Lynda Jensen, who won once in 1985 and twice in 1988.

The fi­nal-round will be­gin at 7:30 a.m. and a split-tee start will be used. Play is ex­pected to fin­ish at ap­prox­i­mately 2:30 p.m. and the tro­phy cer­e­mony will take place on the 18th green im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing. The fi­nal group of Ar­dina, Boutier and Thomas will tee at 9:20 a.m.

The cut was made at 6-over, 150 and 61 play­ers will tee on Sun­day.

Ar­dina, 23, started with a par save on hole one and then her only bo­gey of the tour­na­ment on two, but she quickly got go­ing. She tal­lied birdies on four straight holes be­tween four and seven to make the turn at 8-un­der. She made birdies on 13 and 16 be­fore clos­ing with two pars.

“It was a lit­tle more in­ter­est­ing than yes­ter­day, I think I only hit ten greens so I had to save pars to­day with up and downs,” ex­plained Ar­dina, who carded a bo­gey-free 67 on Fri­day. “I’ve been putting well and just try­ing to keep it

it sim­ple.”

Ar­dina at­tempted just 25 putts on Satur­day.

“I’ve made re­ally one mis­take in 36 holes, which is pretty good,” said Ar­dina. “If the hole lo­ca­tions are tucked, I’m just play­ing for the mid­dle. As long as I have a birdie putt, I’m fine with it.”

Two years ago at the Four Winds In­vi­ta­tional, Ar­dina held a three­stroke lead into the fi­nal round, but Brooke Hen­der­son caught her to win. She’ll try and pick up her first win on Sun­day.

“I just want to play like I did to­day and Fri­day,” said Ar­dina. “My put­ter and my iron shots have been key this week.”

She also has her dad, who dou­bles as her coach, back with her this week.

“He’s been my coach so it is nice to have him here with me,” said Ar­dina. “He re­ally guides me and my swing so I think that helps me for Sun­day.”

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BOUTIER IN PO­SI­TION FOR A THIRD WIN: Ce­line Boutier is play­ing pres­sure free. She won two weeks ago at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Chal­lenge and has al­ready se­cured a spot on the LPGA Tour. On Sun­day, she has a chance to pol­ish off a third win and move to the top spot on the Vo­livk Race for the Card money list.

“Be­fore, I felt like ev­ery shot re­ally mat­tered and there is a dif­fer­ent feel now,” said Boutier, who still badly wants to win the tour­na­ment on Sun­day. “I’m def­i­nitely more re­laxed when I’m on the course now and I’ve been en­joy­ing the tour­na­ments more.”

Boutier fol­lowed a 68 on Fri­day with a 69 on Satur­day to get to solo sec­ond.

“Any win is wel­come,” said Boutier with a wide smile. “I’m pretty hope­ful for to­mor­row, but any­thing can hap­pen on this course.”

Boutier has won twice and has earned $98,161 this year.

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THOMAS WILL PLAY IN FI­NAL GROUP FOR FIRST TIME: Char­lotte Thomas missed a 3-footer for birdie on her last hole, but was still happy with a 68 to move into con­tention.

“It was just one of my days,” said Thomas, who made six birdies. “I holed a lot of putts and when I missed greens I got up and down when I needed to. I putted re­ally well and still left a few out there un­for­tu­nately.”

Thomas has two top 20 fin­ishes as a rookie on the Symetra Tour and will go for her first top 10 on Sun­day.

“I’m very ex­cited to play in the last group, I’m just go­ing to play my own game,” said Thomas. “I just want to play as I did to­day and put some pres­sure on her and see what hap­pens.”

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YADLOCZKY FIN­ISHES WITH 4 BIRDIES AND AN EA­GLE OVER FI­NAL 6: Car­lie Yadloczky (Cas­sel­berry, Florida) fin­ished with a 10-foot ea­gle putt on the 18th hole to post a tour­na­ment-record ty­ing 5-un­der, 67. She made four straight birdies be­tween holes 13 and 16 and then made par on 17. She moved up from T39 to a tie for fourth.

She was 2-over for the tour­na­ment head­ing to her 13th hole of the day and fin­ished 3-un­der.

“I’ve been hit­ting it well the last two days, but didn’t make many putts yes­ter­day,” said Yadloczky, who worked on her putting af­ter the round Fri­day. “It felt like I could hit ev­ery­thing to­day and I was hit­ting it close to the hole. To­day was re­ally solid.”

Yadloczky is com­ing off her best fin­ish of the year last week, aT 13 at the Gar­den City Char­ity Clas­sic. She has a chance at her first top 10 of the sea­son on Sun­day.

“I’ve been wait­ing for this type of play to come be­cause I am hit­ting it re­ally well,” said Yadloczky.

“Ev­ery­thing fell in to­day.”

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EUNICE KIM HOLEIN-ONE HELPS HER MAKE CUT: Yu Eun Eunice Kim (Seoul, South Korea) made her first ca­reer hole-in-one in a tour­na­ment round on Satur­day and carded a 3-un­der, 69 to make the cut.

It was her fourth ca­reer ace, but the other three were in non-tour­na­ment rounds.

Kim ar­rived at the par-3 sev­enth hole and pulled out an 8-iron to make the ace. She had 144-yards to the cup. The ball bounced twice and went in.

“I hit a re­ally per­fect shot, it was head­ing straight for the hole and then it went in,” said Kim. “It went in and there were peo­ple yelling at the green so it was nice.”

Kim carded an 80 on Fri­day and made two bo­geys on holes three and four to start her day. She re­bounded with birdie on five and then the ace on seven re­ally pro­pelled her. She made three birdies on the back nine to jump from T105 af­ter day one to T50.

“The hole-in-one got me pumped up,” said Kim, who moved from Korea to Aus­tralia when she was 16.

“Af­ter the ace, my shots were that much bet­ter. Be­cause I was 8-over yes­ter­day, I knew I had to shoot low to­day and I think the hole-in-one re­ally helped me.”

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JUST MISSED THE CUT: Con­way's Sum­mar Roachell shot a 151 and missed the cut by a sin­gle stroke.

Roachell fol­lowed up her 75 on Fri­day with a 76 on Satur­day. A dou­ble-bo­gey on the third hole Satur­day proved fa­tal. She had four birdies in six bo­geys dur­ing the round.

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