Golf: Wheatcroft in contention at Boise Open

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BOISE, Idaho – Former Washington resident Steve Wheatcroft shot a 6-under par 65 Saturday to pull into second place at the Web.com Tour’s Boise Open at Hillcrest County Club.


Wheatcroft, a Trinity High School graduate, is tied with second-round leader Sack Sucher at two strokes behind Steven Alker, who also shot a 65 Saturday.


Wheatcroft’s last win on the tour came at the Melwood Prince George’s County Open in June, 2011, when he won by 12 strokes over Ryan Armour and Jon Mills.


The victory helped him earn a spot on the PGA Tour in 2012.


Wheatcroft is looking for his first top-10 finish of the 2014 season on the Web.com Tour. He has three top-25 finishes this year after putting up two top-10 and six top-25 finishes in 2013.


Pace, Diaz share LPGA lead: Lee-Anne Pace made a name for herself as an amateur in her native South Africa, then proved herself with eight wins on the Ladies European Tour.


Now she’s ready to make waves in the U.S.


Pace shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to grab a share of the third-round lead with Laura Diaz in the Marathon Classic. She can barely express what a breakthrough win on the LPGA Tour might bring.


“It’ll mean quite a lot to be able to come out here and play well,” she said after recovering from bogeys at 11th and 12th holes with three late birdies. “It already has made my week. I was so tired in the beginning of the week and now this has happened, so I’m very excited.”


Pace could have foundered after losing the two shots to par. But she came right back to birdie the next two holes and then added another at the par-5 17th to join Diaz at 11-under 202.


The 33-year-old, in her 10th year as a pro, wants to keep it simple in the final round at Highland Meadows.


“I play a very similar type of game every time I go out there: Hit the fairways and try to hit the green and make the putt. And so far it’s been working,” she said. “Hopefully, coming down the stretch it’s going to be enough.”


Maguire wins Southern Amateur: M.J. Maguire won the 108th Southern Amateur by shooting a 1-under 71 on a wet and windy Saturday at The Honors Course.


The senior sports management major at North Florida finished with a 284 total and a three-stroke victory. Maguire from St. Petersburg, Florida, began playing conservatively when others struggled.


He also earned a berth in the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.


“This is by far the biggest win of my amateur career,” Maguire said.


Beau Hossler from California took the lead into the final round but started with a triple bogey on No. 1. He had a quadruple bogey on the par-3 No. 3 on his way to a 46 at the turn.


Virginia Tech senior Trevor Cone had the lead before going bogey-bogey-double bogey midway through the back nine. That left Geoff Drakeford of Australia with the lead until he hit two balls in the hazard on the 16th hole. A two-shot penalty on his caddy gave him a quintuple-bogey 8.


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