By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Sifan He didn't need many words to describe the key to her round Tuesday at the Pepsi Titan Little People's Golf Champsionships.
"Short game," said He, a 12-year-old from Shanghai, China.
Her short game was so good, she set the LPGC record for the girls 12-13 division. He carded a 6-under 65 at Westview Golf Course and leads second-place Abby Heck of Memphis, Tenn., by seven strokes.
He's goal now is to not let up.
He started on the back nine and birdied Nos. 12, 15 and 17 to make the turn at 3 under.
That's when her short game really came into play. He found bunkers on Nos. 1 and 2 but still made par.
He birdied Nos. 3 and 5, and after a birdie on No. 7, she closed with birdies on Nos. 8 and 9.
Kristina Wong from Vestal, N.Y., previously held the LPGC record for the girls 12-13 division with a 68 in 2004. Molly Plomaritis of Eden, N.C., holds the overall girls LPGC record. She shot a 63 at Westview in 2004.
He is one of six players from Bill Crabtree's New Horizon Golf Academy in Evansville, Ind., competing in the LPGC.
"Her game was just solid all the way around," Crabtree said. "She doesn't have any weaknesses in her game."
Division 1B: Micah Sheffer shot a 23 to take the lead in the boys 3-5 division at the Knight of Columbus Par-3 Course.
Division 1G: Bella Dovhey shot a 26 to take the lead in the girls 3-5 division at the Knight of Columbus. Ava Kolaskinski is in second place with a 31.
Division 2B: Justin Bjornson earned a slight edge in the boys 6-7 division by shooting a 29. Hannibal's Quinn Thomas is in third place with a 33.
Division 2G: Olivia Ideka owns sole possession of first place in the girls 6-7 division, shooting a 39. Lauren Briggs trails by three stokes.
Division 3B: Pranay Singh carded a 37 and sits atop the leaderboard in the boys 8-9 division.
Division 3G: Posting identical 35s, Sky Sudberry and Alejandra Ferrer share the lead in the girls 8-9 division at Westview Golf Course. Reese Wilson is four strokes behind.
Division 4B: There's a three-way tie for first place in the 10-11 division. Jay Nimmo, Gordan Brixi and Dominic Scaletta all shot 73s at Westview Golf Course.
Division 4G: Megan Ikeda shot a 5-over 76 to top the leaderboard in the girls 10-11 division. Lauren Beaudeau is in second place with a 78.
College men: Western Illinois' Bryce Carper protected his home course, shooting an even par 72 at the Harry Mussatto Golf Course in Macomb, Ill. Brown County product Alex Templin is in second with a 76. Palmyra graduate Ryan DeHaan, who golfs at Northern Iowa, is in third with an 80.
College Women: Michigan State's Kelly Grassle and Iowa's Amy Ihm shot 2-over 74s to take the lead at the Harry Mussatto Golf Course in Macomb, Ill. Iowa's Karly Grouwinkel is in third place with a 75. Illinois State's Rachel Powers -- a Quincy Notre Dame graduate -- shot a 79 and is in sixth place.