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Steinhauer just along for the ride as leaders battled down stretch



Published: Mon, July 30, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



She tied for fourth place with Becky Iverson, Janice Moodie and Dina Ammaccapane

By BRIAN RICHESSON

VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF

VIENNA -- Sherri Steinhauer said she was just along for the ride.

Playing in the same group as Se Ri Pak and Tammie Green, Steinhauer used the final round of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic to build her confidence.

"When Se Ri birdied the first hole and Tammie birdied the second, all I could do was take it one hole at a time," Steinhauer said. "I birdied 7 and 8, and I lipped one out at 9."

Steinhauer was among a group of four golfers -- Janice Moodie, Becky Iverson and Dina Ammaccapane were the others -- that finished at 9-under par 207 Sunday at Squaw Creek Country Club, four shots behind champion Dorothy Delasin.

"I would have liked to have gone lower [than 2-under for the round], but with the type of year I've had, I'm pretty pleased," said Steinhauer, who watched as Pak and Green dueled each other for the lead for most of the day. "I've really struggled all year."

Builds confidence: Steinhauer, a Madison, Wis., native, hoped her finish Sunday will help her this weekend in the Women's British Open.

"I definitely gained some confidence," she said. "I haven't been in the top 10 all year."

With six birdies and just one bogey, Moodie quickly climbed the leaderboard Sunday. She got to as low as 10-under before a bogey at No. 15.

"I still finished well," said Moodie, who carded rounds of 69-71-67. "I look at the first two rounds as the problem."

Iverson hurt herself with a bogey at 11 and a double bogey at 12. She made good putts for birdie attempts at Nos. 14, 17 and 18, only to settle for par on each.

"I am upset," Iverson said. "I played much better than [her score indicated]. I chipped awful today.

Good effort: "I gave it an effort, but it just didn't work out for me," she said. "I like the way I hit the ball, and that's a nice change of pace. It hasn't been too good this year."

Meanwhile, Ammaccapane was content with a tournament in which she carded rounds of 69-70-68.

"I just played solid and steady all week from tee to green," said Ammaccapane, who holed a couple of chips and remained accurate on her putts. "I didn't make a lot of mistakes."

Although Ammaccapane was near the top of the leaderboard, she chose not to track her standing among the tournament's scores.




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