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METAMORA — Defending champion Jan Bowers of Lincoln shot a 77, which puts her in second, four shots out of the lead on the opening day of the three-day Illinois Women's Senior Amateur Championship golf tournament at Metamora Fields on Tuesday.

Mary Ellen Martin, the 2016 champion from Winfield, leads at 73. Wilmette's Lucy Sievers is tied with Bowers and another former champion, Char McLear. 

Four women are tied for fifth at 79 including Ginny Bartges of Bloomington. Plays continues Wednesday and Thursday.

Among other top area entrants were Bloomington's Roxane Schulkins (87), Mary Tweedie (90), Kathy Niepagen (91), Patricia Ring (93) and Carin Weiss-Krolikowski (98), and Normal's Dawn Fleming (93).

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