Disgusted with her effort for birdie on the expansive seventh green at Canyon River Golf Club, Dorsey Addicks indignantly swung her putter through the air and focused her attention on the 24-foot putt she left herself.
As Addicks stood over her third shot of the hole, at stake was a string of six consecutive pars she opened her round with and the momentum she gleaned from an opening-round 68 that provided her a five-shot cushion heading into Wednesday's second round at the Montana Women's State Amateur.
Addicks brought her putter back, swung it forward and sent her ball on a path toward the hole and a par save that propelled her to an even-par 72 and sole possession of the 36-hole lead going into Thursday's final round.
"I felt like I played really good. I only made like three mistakes," Addicks said. "I made some really nice par putts – a couple really long par putts. I felt really good over all my shots, rolled my putts and just trusted everything again today."
Addicks, who has finished one shot off the pace in each of the last two state amateurs, finished with two birdies and two bogies as she opened up a nine-shot lead. After completing the only sub-par round on Day 1, Addicks was one of three golfers to complete another windy round at Canyon River at even par.
Lindsay Reeve and Cathie Williamson each shot 72 and sit in second and third, respectively. Missoula's Maggie Crippen was one shot back at 73 as she jumped from a tie for 10th into a fourth-place tie with Katy Peterson on the leaderboard.
But nobody could make up any ground on Addicks as she aptly navigated the front nine through winds that seemed to come from all directions and then scrambled around the backe nine without giving up a shot to the field.
Just as she did on Tuesday, Addicks, a junior at Seattle University, opened with a string of pars before ducking below even just before the turn. Though she flirted with fairway bunkers on holes four and five, she was able to put her approaches safely on the green and then calmly putted her way through trouble.
After a 27-putt opening round, Addicks swung the flat stick 34 times Wednesday. That included a five-footer for her first birdie on the 296-yard No. 8 after she put her drive 15 yards short of the green.
She followed with a four-putt effort on nine after she left a birdie opportunity more than 20 feet short.
"It makes sense, I shot even par and not under par," she said.
Addicks quickly got the shot back after she dropped a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 10 and nearly sank another on the 462-yard par-5 11th hole, but it lipped out. A three-put bogey followed on No. 12, but it wasn't until No. 17 that she ran into trouble again.
Her drive landed on the lip of a deep fairway bunker. With an awkward stance, Addicks sent her approach well left and then shorted her par putt. She quickly got the shot back when she birdied No. 18 for the second consecutive day.
"I'll look at the scoreboard, I'll glance at it, but I won't look at it too closely," Addicks said. "I think I just stick with my game plan. I was hoping I could shoot under par today and make a big bigger gap, but even par is a good score today."
Williamson strung together three birdies on her last four holes to go into the turn at 2-under-par. She added another at No. 11 before playing holes 13, 14, 15 at 4-over. She got back to even thanks to another birdie at No. 18.
"I hit the ball better," Williamson said. "My irons were better, my approaches were better. I kinda left myself in places to make birdie as opposed to struggling to make pars."
Crippen said she was more consistent on Day 2 than she was when she shot a 7-over-par 79 during the opening round. She parred the first six holes before a birdie at No. 7. Two bogies on the back nine left her at 1-over for the day.
"I just hit more good shots in a row," said Crippen, a three-time Class B state champion during her days at Loyola Sacred Heart. "Yesterday I would hit a bad one and a good one, today put together better shots."