Davidson’s Amanda Sambach in 2nd after round 1 of the Symetra Classic

Concord native Cydney Clanton didn’t have a great first round but she has had a great start to the season

1st Round of Symetra Classic

DAVIDSON, N.C. (WBTV) - After a stellar 5 under 67, Amanda Sambach is in 2nd place after the first round of the Symetra Classic.

Amanda is 16 years old and a sophomore at Cannon School in Concord. Her parents are members of River Run Country Club in Davidson where the tournament is taking place and she is taking advantage of some course knowledge.

After shooting a 1 under on the front side, she caught fire on the back side as she birdied 4 holes and did not card one single bogey the entire round.

She is one shot off the lead currently held by Nuria Hurrios. She shot a career best 6 under 66.

Concord native Cydney Clanton did not have a good first round as she shot a 3 over 75, but she has had an outstanding start to this season.

She won last month in Arkansas at the Murphys USA El Dorado Shootout. Just last week, she finished tied for 5th in the IOA Invitational in Georgia.

She has come a long way from her start on the tour back in 2012.

“My rookie season on tour was pretty rough,” said Clanton. “Had a top 20 finish in my first LPGA event in Australia and then after that didn’t make a cut. This game is brutal so doubt is very easy to creep up on you."

She is not doing much doubting these days as she has gone back to the basics to straighten her game out.

“I’ve always been a ball striker,” said the two time winner on the Symetra Tour. “I decided this fall that I was going to get back to making what makes my game better. Focusing on more of the positives of my game rather than the things I’m not strong in.”

What she has done has worked as she is currently 5th on tour’s money list and if she can finish in the top 10 in that category by season’s end, she will get her card to be on the LPGA Tour full time.

Second round of the Symetra Classic will be Thursday up at River Run in Davidson with the final round teeing off on Friday.

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