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Kaul, Murphy in the hunt at state women’s mid-amateur

Kim Kaul of the Gowanda Country Club and Julie Murphy of Brookfield are within five strokes of the leader entering Thursday’s final round of the New York State Women’s Mid-Amateur Golf championship at the Tuscarora Club in Marcellus. Each shot 7-over 79 in the second round on Wednesday.

Kaul (157) is four strokes in back of Dani Mullin of West Islip (152). Murphy (158) is five strokes off the lead. They are the only Western New York entrants to make the final cut of 168, which included 14 players.

Larissa Carter, a sophomore at Radford (Va.) University, shot 5-under 67 to take the lead in the State Women’s Amateur being held at the same time at Tuscarora. Carter, playing out of the Owasco CC, started her round on the 10th hole and was 3-under at the turn. She shot three birdies with no bogeys on her back nine to take a two-stroke lead over 15-year-old Kyra Cox of Centennial Golf Club in Carmel. Cox shot 74 after her first-round 71 for a 1-over total of 145.

Chelsea Dantonio (Fox Valley) and Kit Creighton (Crag Burn) are 12 strokes back at 155 after rounds of 76 and 80 respectively. Marah Penn (Crag Burn) is in a tie for 12th with 80-76-156. Michelle Hanes (Crag Burns) is 15th at 81-77-158. Also among the 23 golfers making the cut at 162 was Victoria Parker (Orchard Park) with rounds of 78-84.