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GARLAND – Two holes proved costly for University of Houston-Victoria golf coach Christi Cano on Monday during the second round of the Energy Producers, Inc. Texas Women’s Open at the Bridges of Firewheel.

A quick look at Cano’s scorecard shows a nearly bogey-free round, but two triple bogeys led to a second-round 4-over par 76 that dropped the third-year UHV coach out of the top 10 going into Tuesday’s final round of the 54-hole event.

After opening with a 3-under par 69 on Sunday, Cano posted 12 pars, three birdies a bogey and two triple bogeys on her card to slip seven shots back of the tournament leader and into a tie for 14th place with amateur Libby Winans, of Richardson.

Cano hit her first blip at the par-four third with her first triple bogey. Then, after bogeying the par-three fifth for the second straight day, she capped off her front nine with a birdie at the par-four ninth to make the turn at 39.

“One of my triple bogeys came when I was plugged in a trap, hit it out and it rolled back into my footprint,” Cano posted on her Facebook page following her round. “The other came because I pushed my drive and never found it in the rough.”

After a birdie at the par-four 11th, she again hit her second blip with a triple bogey at the par-four 15th, before finishing with a birdie at the par-five 18th to close out her back nine with a 37.

Nicole Bundik, of The Woodlands, who began the day in second place, took the lead going into the final day, posting a 2-under-par 70 for a six-under 138. She is one shot ahead of amateur Meagan Winans, of Richardson, the opening round leader, who posted a second-round 73 and is in at five-under 139.

The tournament is hosted by the Northern Texas Section of the PGA with 49 pros and 57 amateurs competing for the title. The pros are competing for a share of the $50,000 overall purse, while the tournament winner will receive an exemption into the 2019 LPGA Volunteers of America Classic on Oct. 3-6 at Old American Golf Club.

The field was to be cut to the top 50 plus ties on Monday for Tuesday’s final round.

Becky Benchot, a former UHV women’s player and an assistant pro at The Club at Colony Creek, failed to make the cut at the event, posting a second-round 81 to finish at 158.

Rey Castillo is the assistant sports editor for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached at rcastillo@vicad.com, 361-574-1240 or on Twitter @reycastillo361.

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