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.”