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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Second-round leader Marissa Singer tees off on the first tee Saturday at the Women's City Tournament.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Madison Dabagia watches her drive on the fifth tee Saturday at the Women's City Tournament.

Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:00 am

Women's City Golf

Singer's proficiency paying off

Saint Francis player leads by 2 strokes after 2 rounds

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Leader board

Second round

at Coyote Creek Golf Club

Par: 72

Marissa Singer 70-72 – 142

Sarah Frazier 70-74  – 144

Madison Dabagia 76-72  – 148

Madison Chesnutt 75-74  – 149

Morgan Dabagia 75-76  – 151

Courtney Dye 78-75  – 153

Amber Nelson 83-70  – 153

In Marissa Singer's own words, “It changes every day in golf.”

As such, Singer's ability to stay atop the leader board at the Women's City Tournament was predicated less on her ability to drain putts, as was the case in the opening round, than her proficiency far from the cups.

Singer, a Saint Francis sophomore, shot an even-par 72 on Saturday at Coyote Creek and is at 2-under heading into the final round of the Fort Wayne Women's Golf Association's premier event.

She has a two-stroke lead over Sarah Frazier, a Bishop Dwenger senior, who fired a 74. Madison Dabagia is in third place at 4-over, thanks to a second-round 72. Madison Chesnutt, who plays for IPFW, is in fourth at 5-over after a 74.

Morgan Dabagia, who plays for Homestead and started the day in third place, was leapfrogged by her younger sister and fell to fifth at 7-over with a 76.

“I played pretty good,” Singer said. “(Friday) was an incredible round and today, I just wanted to come in with a solid round to get me ready for the final day.”

Singer, who placed 21st at the NAIA National Championships this year, had only 1.33 putts per hole in the opening round and her second day was highlighted by 15 pars and an eagle on the par-5 15th.

“There were some holes where I had to pick up some slack. My putting was not here today. But other than that, my short game helped me,” said Singer, 18, who had played in only one tournament since the NAIAs in May because she wanted to rest up and then had a bout of pneumonia.

Frazier, 17, finished her second round with 12 consecutive pars, after bogeying three of the first six holes.

“It was kind of a rough day. I didn't hit the ball as well as I wanted to, but on the back nine I got the speeds down and it helped me save pars,” she said. “Overall, it wasn't that bad but it could have been better.”

Seeing the shot-making of Singer and Madison Dabagia kept Frazier motivated – “It was pretty cool,” she said, “and fun to see all of their good shots” – and Frazier showed the skill that she'll bring to Dayton in 2018.

“I just loved everything about (Dayton) – the coach, the campus, all the team's players seemed really nice too – so it was my dream school in a lot of ways,” said Frazier, who placed 24th at the state finals last season and is relieved to have the college decision out of the way. “Before that, I was worrying about what the golf coaches would think when they would see my scores. Now, I can just worry about going out and playing golf.”

Frazier, who tied for fifth at the 2015 City Tournament, knows she's well within reach of a championship.

“I just need to get my ball striking a little better,” she said. “I'm going to practice a little bit after this and focus on hitting fairways and greens and try to give myself an opportunity for birdie on every hole.”

Defending champion Courtney Dye, who won the NAIA championship this year at Indiana Tech, shot a 75 and is tied for sixth at 9-over with Amber Nelson, who had the day's best score – 70.

Michelle Smith and Jaycee Bunner are tied for eighth at 10-over with 74 and 76 on Saturday.

jcohn@jg.net