Women's city golf tournament

Second-round leader Karley Dobis talks about her round.

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Leader board
At Chestnut Hills
Yards: 6,057 Par: 72
Second round
Score Par
Karley Dobis 73-71–144 E
Sarah Dusman 72-73–145 +1
Michelle Smith 73-73–146 +2
Allison Curtis 71-76–147 +3
Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Karley Dobis, who had five birdies Sunday, leads the Fort Wayne Women’s City Golf Tournament by one shot to start the final day.

Defending champ enters City’s final day up 1 shot

They call the next-to-last day of a golf tournament Moving Day, and so Sunday afternoon Karley Dobis came with her bags carefully packed.

Short game, check. Approach game, sort of check. Finishing kick … check.

Put it all together and it accessorized to a 1-under 71, which, combined with Dobis' first-round 73, sends the defending champion to today's final round of the Fort Wayne Women's City Golf Tournament with a one-stroke lead over Sarah Dusman and a two-stroke edge over four-time city champ Michelle Smith.

In the women's senior division, Jody Ault won the championship with a 36-hole total of 160.

In the city championship, Dobis, Dusman and Smith are joined by first-round leader Allison Curtis, who sits a stroke behind Smith after following her 1-under 71 with a 76. So, four golfers within three strokes of one another equals, stay tuned.

“Just gotta hold it together, play it one hole at a time, stay in the moment,” is how Dobis sums it up. “We'll see how it goes.”

How it went for her Sunday was a day not unlike Saturday, except she closed stronger.

Three-over on her last five holes in the first round, she was even par in the second round, posting five birdies including several from off the green.

“I had a few chip-ins, which really helped,” said Dobis, who birdied three holes on the front side and two on the back. “I was leaving a lot of birdie putts probably about an inch short, but the chip-ins kind of made up for that.

“I was missing greens, but just barely, so they weren't really difficult up-and-downs. They weren't really challenging, I was just thinking I needed to get those on.

“(Mostly) I just finished a lot stronger, held it together.”

Dusman, meanwhile, had her own issues with the putter, which she says was the main culprit for losing a stroke to par Sunday.

“I just couldn't get a lot of putts to drop,” she said. “I hit the ball a lot closer, but I just didn't get the putts to drop today.”

Curtis' issues were a tad farther back from the green, and a tad harder to quantify.

“I can't really pinpoint anything,” she said. “Although I did hit a lot (of shots) not as good as yesterday. Yesterday, I was hitting everything really solid right on, and today I flew a couple greens and I hit some right and left, and I was just a lot more inconsistent than I was yesterday.”

It resulted in two bogeys in the first three holes plus a double at the par-3 No. 5, a stretch partly alleviated by her three birdies.

“It just has to do with my swing,” she said. “I would hit one left and then one right. Yesterday I had a really good swing. I was right in my tempo and I hit it really far.

“(Sunday), I was missing it a little bit.”

And today?

Stay tuned.

bensmith@jg.net

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