Dixie Amateur

Aubert leads Dixie Amateur golf

 

Special to the Miami Herald

After finishing the third round of the Dixie Amateur in the lead, Shannon Aubert laughingly admitted, “I don’t win a lot, but I’m in the top five a lot.”

“Hopefully, I can change that,” she said

She wouldn’t mind that change occurring in Friday’s final round.

Aubert isn’t totally without victories, capturing the Florida Class 1A high school state championship this year.

Aubert has a three-stroke lead in the tournament at Heron Bay Golf Club after shooting a 71 for a 7-under 209 total.

Simin Feng (69) and Nicole Morales (73) are three shots back at 212.

Some other notables are also lurking:

• Meghan Stasi, one of the top amateurs in U.S. history, is five strokes behind at 214 after shooting 72.

Stasi has four USGA Mid-Amateur Championships to her credit.

• Isabelle Lendl, the daughter of tennis legend Ivan Lendl and a senior at the University of Florida, is six back at 215.

• Lucy Li, who is the talk of the tournament, is 10 back at 219. She’s 11 years old and stands 5-1 and weighs 90 or so pounds.

Li can hit her drives 225 yards and is playing in one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious tournaments at her young age. Earlier this year at age 10, Li became the youngest participant in the U.S. Women’s Open.

Aubert said she won’t be looking back at the people chasing her. She will be looking forward.

“I just need to keep doing what I’ve been doing,” she said. “This is such a good event with such a great field, it would be great to win it.”

While the women were playing their first round at Heron Bay, the men’s first of four rounds was going on at Woodlands Country Club. Taking the lead were Andri Bjornsson and Richard Donegan, both shooting 6-under 66.

Bjornsson was not only soaking in his good round but also the sunshine as he hails from Iceland and now plays for Nicholls State in Louisiana. Donegan plays for Florida Atlantic University.

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