Paoloa Moreno doesn’t want to talk about Thursday.
She bogeyed twice over her first nine holes, finishing 2-over in the first round of the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Healthcare Classic.
By the end of the day, Moreno was tied for tied for 47th place.
“Let’s forget about whatever I had on that day,” she said.
It’s been 45 holes since her last bogey, and Moreno mashed a 7-under 65 Saturday, surging to take a two-stroke lead over Celine Boutier, Rachel Rohanna and Anne-Catherine Tanguay, who are each tied for second at 10-under 206.
Moreno has two 65s since her opening-round 74, burying 14 total birdies on Friday and Saturday. Her 12-under 204 puts her in good position entering today, but she knows there’s still plenty of golf left.
“I’m hitting the ball well and giving myself chances,” Moreno said. “The putts are dropping, so it’s good. So far, so good. I have 18 holes tomorrow, so I’m looking forward, staying positive and we’ll see.”
Tanguay had a four-stroke lead when she finished Friday, but that lead was cut to two by the end of the day.
The lead vanished entirely after her first hole Saturday, when she double-bogeyed on hole No. 1. Tanguay had only one bogey through 36 holes entering the third round.
“I felt really comfortable,” Tanguay said. “It wasn’t even a mental mistake; I think it was just a bad swing, and it kind of put me in a bad position. The important thing from there is that I was able to bounce back, and that was the best I could do.”
Tanguay birdied the next hole and played par golf until her birdie on hole 11 pulled her back to 10 under. She bogeyed hole 14 before closing with a birdie on hole 18.
The third round didn’t start until 10 a.m., and a wet course greeted the players, who occasionally battled light rain throughout the day.
“I think the conditions were a little different than the other days, but I gave myself a lot of chances,” Tanguay said. “The putts just didn’t go in, so I’m going to work on making more confident strokes for tomorrow. I was always getting the speed right, but not the line, so we’ll work on that.”
Tanguay was paired with Boutier and Rohanna Saturday, as the three took turns splitting the lead among themselves until Moreno mustered four birdies on the last five holes.
Boutier played par golf for much of Saturday’s round, save for two birdies. She has 12 birdies to go against two bogeys through 54 holes.
While Tanguay started slowly, Rohanna rushed to 3 under after six holes. She added two more birdies on the back nine, while picking up a bogey.
Moreno has one top-10 finish this year and has not won a tournament since last year.
Tanguay finished in the top 10 four times this season and is still searching for her first Symetra Tour win.
Boutier is a rookie this year but already owns a pair of top-10 finishes.
Rohanna’s best finish so far in 2017 is an 11th-place finish in March, when she posted a 2-under 214. Her last win was a 5-under 211 in April 2015.