Reynolds 3rd in best finish of 2014 on Symetra Tour

by Chris Goltermann

It took a tournament best 7-under final round to thwart Jean Reynolds chances of capturing her first victory on the Symetra Women’s Golf Tour on Sunday.

The Newnan standout opened the final round of the FireKeepers Casino Championship in Battle Creek, Mich., with a five-stroke lead only to have Seoul native Min Seo Kwak storm up the leaderboard with seven birdies to finish at 12-under for the tournament victory.

Kwak came in three strokes ahead of second-place finisher Daniela Iacobelli while Reynolds held on for third place in her top effort of the season.

After posting back-to-back sub-par rounds on Friday and Saturday, Reynolds ran into trouble over her final 18 holes while trying to hang on to the tournament lead after masterful play over her first two rounds.

After posting seven birdies on her opening round and six more during Saturday’s second round, Reynolds played closer to par while dropping two strokes on the front nine on Sunday and one more on the backside before battling back for a birdie on the par-3 16th hole.

She finished at 3-over for the day while finishing at a solid 7-under 209 for the tournament for a $6,731 check.

Reynolds previous best finish this year was a tie for seventh at the Patty Berg Memorial. She is looking to position herself in the top-10 of the money list to reclaim a spot on the LPGA tour, where she played in 2010 and 2011.

Up next is the Decatur-Forsyth Classic in Illinois starting Friday. The Symetra Tour Championship will be held from Sept. 18-21 in Daytona Beach.

YOUTH WEIGHTLIFTING

GOAD SIBLINGS TO COMPETE AT USA WEIGHTLIFTING YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS, YOUTH OLYMPIC TRIAL GAMES: Newnan High senior Sydney Goad and younger siblings Dean Jr. and Rubylyn will compete in this week’s USA Weightlifting National Youth Championships and Youth Olympic Games Trials starting Thursday outside Daytona Beach.

In all, 531 athletes will compete in the largest domestic weightlifting competition.

The Goads are coached by parents Robin and Dean, both former world competitors.

Two of their three Goad children will be vying to qualify for international youth teams.

Sydney, an accomplished gymnast who recently competed in the GHSA State Championships, has set numerous youth records. In late January at the 2014 USA Weightlifting National Juniors in Colorado, Goad placed second and set a national 16-17 year-old record in the clean & jerk in the 48 kg division.

In 2012, Sydney set 18 American weightlifting records while competing in the Youth 14-15 division in the 44 kg weight class.



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