Defending champ Sahm
 has a two-shot lead at Triple Play

Rifle’s Candy Hammerich chips onto the 18th green at Tiara Rado Golf Course on Saturday in the second round of the Western Slope Triple Play. The only three-day women’s golf tournament in Colorado, the 99 golfers played at Bookcliff Country Club on Friday and will tee off today at the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.

The Western Slope Triple Play women’s golf tournament is heating up as it heads for the final round.

Just like last year.

It’s down to a four-way battle in the championship flight with the top two golfers from last year’s tournament in first and third place.

Playing on the same course where she pulled out the 2016 Western Slope Triple Play championship flight title, Morgan Sahm was red-hot Saturday on the Tiara Rado Golf Course.

Shooting a second-day 6-under-par 65, Sahm will take a two-shot lead into today’s final round, which will be played at the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.

Sahm is trying to become the first player to repeat as champion since the tournament it became the Western Slope Triple Play five years ago. Her 65 is also the lowest round ever recorded in that same time frame.

After shooting a solid but unspectacular even-par 71 to open the tournament at Bookcliff Country Club, Sahm’s second round vaulted her past two golfers to put her in position to go for her second straight title.

Sahm, who just finished her freshman season with the University of Northern Colorado golf team, won the 2016 title after a one-hole playoff over Kim Eaton.

Eaton was the first-day leader this year after shooting a 67 at Bookcliff on Friday, but she struggled on the hilly Tiara Rado course, shooting a 73 for a two-day total of 140 to put her in third place.

After her second straight 69, Jessica Smith now sits in second place with a 4-under 138.

Those are the only three players under par.

Savannah Cooper is fourth at 2-over 144 after shooting a 71 at Bookcliff and a 73 on Saturday.

Last year, Sahm and Eaton locked up in a classic battle in the final round. They both shot 66 at Tiara Rado to set up the dramatic playoff.

Both players took risky gambles from the tee on the 18th hole, Eaton was in slightly better position, and after they both chipped onto the green the title was settled with the putter.

Eaton let the title slip away after she three-putted and Sahm found the cup on her second putt.

Last year, Eaton, who is from Mesa, Arizona, shot 73 at Redlands Mesa and Sahm carded a 75.

Smith and Cooper did not compete at last year’s tournament.

Billed as the only three-day women’s golf tournament in Colorado, the popular tournament has 99 golfers in five flights are competing this year.

Shirley Webb and MJ Lerch are tied for the lead in the first flight at 167.


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