Harder Hall all tied up

Highlands Today

SEBRING - Meghan Stasi and Hannah Pietila didn't take advantage of ideal scoring conditions, but are still tied for first place after the third round of the 59th Harder Hall Women's Invitational.

Pietila, who led by two shots after the second round, carded a 76 in Friday's third round for a three-day total of 219, while Stasi shot a 74 and is also at 219.

India Clyburn fired a 73 and is only three shots back at 222, while Emmy Martin and Kristina Merkle are at 223.

Pietila, from Brighton, Mich., and a freshman at the University of Tennessee, gained some confidence with an excellent performance in last year's Harder Hall Invitational with a fifth-place finish.

Stasi, from Oakland Park, has the experience advantage heading into today's final 18 holes with four U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur titles to her credit.

The Harder Hall Women's Invitational is one of the oldest and most prestigious women's amateur tournaments in the country and this year's field of 134 competitors has an international flavor with players from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Spain and the United Kingdom vying for the coveted title.

Lauren Coughlin and Laurn Whyte are tied at 225, August Kim is at 227, Emily Gilbreth and Chloe Louise Williams are in at 228 and Elidh Briggs has a total of 229.

If the weather stays nice for today's final round, any player within nine shots of the leaders has a chance to make a run at the prestigious championship.

Tee times for today's final round begin at 8 a.m. with the championship flight leaders teeing off between noon and 1 p.m.

For the complete story and photos of today's action, be sure to read the Highlands Today sports section.

Spectators are encouraged to come out and watch some excellent golf at no charge.