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Pick up the pace: LPGA rookie tagged for slow play

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The War on Slow Play has drawn blood.

Shasta Averyhardt, an LPGA rookie, was tagged with a two-stroke penalty on the first day of this week's KIA Classic at the Industry Hills Golf Course.

Details are sketchy based on a local report, but Averyhardt, along with playing partners Jennifer Song and Lindsey Wright, was placed on the clock. Averyhardt was later hit with a two-stroke penalty. Of course, since her final score was a 7-over 80, it's not like the penalty took her out of the championship hunt or anything, but still ... not the kind of thing you want hanging around your neck.

"I have to make better decisions on the golf course," Averyhardt said afterward. "I want to manage the course better do a better job at that. I think everything will be fine after that." Well, as long as she manages the course with a little more speed.

Slow play is fast becoming the hot-button (what does that phrase mean, anyway?) issue of the golf world, with PGA Tour players like Ben Crane, Kevin Na, Webb Simpson and JB Holmes apparently believing it's their right to take long enough on the golf course to need to shave at the turn. Still, throw a penalty like this on them and it's a good bet they won't be slowing down again anytime soon.

Averyhardt adapting to LPGA [Whittier Daily News]

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