Kingsmill Resort - The River Course
Friday - Second Round Notes
May 16, 2014
Rolex Rankings No. 23 Hee Young Park (-8)
Rolex Rankings No. 2 Stacy Lewis (-7)
Rolex Rankings No. 69 Brittany Lang (-7)
Rolex Rankings No. 351 Mariajo Uribe (-5)
Following the second round of play, the cut fell at 144 (+2).
Hee Young Park (-8) is in the clubhouse and leads by a stroke over a group of three players - Brittany Lang, Lizette Salas and Stacy Lewis.
WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEAD
A nagging wrist injury hasn’t been enough to slow down Hee Young Park at the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC. Park followed a 5-under 66 with a 3-under 68 on Friday to vault her into the clubhouse lead heading into Saturday.
Park bogeyed her fourth hole of the day but went on to play bogey-free golf with four birdies sprinkled in over the final 14 holes to vault to the top of the leaderboard. She’s familiar with the winner’s circle with two career victories, but this is the first time this year that she’s entered Saturday with a lead.
“I feel really good. Last week I rested like the whole week, so I can I think focus more on the course and I’m ready,” Park said.
Park said the softer, wet ground from the morning’s rain actually helped her wrist because it wasn’t as taxing at impact on her wrist.
THE PUSH FOR NO. 1
Stacy Lewis’ push for No. 1 continued Friday with a huge 65 (-6) that vaulted her right back into contention after a 1-under 70 to open. Lewis needs a win or a second place finish – as long as Lydia Ko doesn’t win – to vault into No. 1 and snap Inbee Park’s 57-week streak at No. 1. Lewis has now shot 10 straight rounds of par or better at Kingsmill – River Course.
“I mean, this is definitely one of the courses that I like to play. Visually it looks really nice to play. I haven’t made quite as many birdies as I would have thought, but the greens are just tricky,” Lewis said. “It’s definitely a ball‑striker’s course. You just have to keep hitting a bunch of greens and getting a few putts here and there.”
Lewis’ bogey-free round has her just one back of Hee Young Park’s clubhouse lead when play was
SHOWING THE HOMETOWN HER SKILLS
Brittany Lang grew up just 45 minutes down the road in Richmond, Va., for the first 10 years of her life, and she’s certainly seemed at home on the Kingsmill Resort – River Course. After an opening round 67 on Thursday, Lang got right back to where she left off with a 3-under 68 on Friday. She made her first bogey of the tournament on the 14th hole on Friday but responded right back with a birdie on 15.
“It was a beautiful day. I have a lot of friends and family here, so I’m having a lot of fun,” Lang said. “I’ve been playing really good and working really hard just trying to be confident out there and committed to my shots. Working on a few things, so good first two days.”
Lang, who moved from Richmond to Dallas when she was 10, still considers herself a Texan, but nonetheless enjoys being near the city where she learned the game.
“A lot of our family friends came down and are staying here. Both of my parents are here. It’s a fun week,” Lang said. “A bunch of our friends are down. Probably 10, 15 people, so it’s pretty cool.”
It’d be an even cooler return home if she could get her first win since the 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, which she won in a playoff.
“I’ve been up there a lot. I mean, I’ve won and I’ve had a lot of seconds and a lot of good finishes,” Lang said. “I’ve been working really hard on just some certain things, and if I keep working on them I’ll be happy come Sunday.”
MISSING THE CUT
Paula Creamer shot an opening round 73 and followed it up with a +1 through 12 holes before play was halted due to darkness last night. She finished her second round today and shot a 72 and missed the cut.
Coming into this tournament, Creamer led the LPGA tour with a treak of 75 tournaments in a row without missing a cut. The last time was August 22, 2010 at the Safeway Classic.
Mariajo Uribe’s career scoring average at the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC is 71.83, but she went well below that Friday, firing a 65 (-6) to vault her back into contention following a first-round 72. She bogeyed her third hole of the day but rallied with seven birdies and zero bogeys over the final 15 holes to post the best round she’s posted since her first-round 8-under-par 64 at the 2013 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
“There wasn’t a lot of difference than yesterday, just the putts fell. Hit a couple of close second shots today,” Uribe said. “My driver was really good. I have a new driver so I’m trying to get used to it. Today it worked pretty well. That was pretty much the difference.”
Uribe is looking for her first win since March 29, 2011 when she captured the HSBC Brasil Cup. She’s three shots back heading into Saturday morning when half of the field will still have to complete their round.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I’m excited. This is a position I love to be in. I love giving myself a chance to win. I’m right where I need to be. I just got to keep staying patient and get a few putts to fall.”
-Stacy Lewis talking about her feelings headed into the weekend
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Rolex Rankings No. 23 Hee Young Park (-8)
HEE YOUNG PARK: The course was pretty wet, but it turned pretty nice shape. And then yesterday actually greens are really firm, so today a lot of rain, which is water holding on the greens.
So I have a lot to do to play.
Q. How are you feeling going into this weekend?
HEE YOUNG PARK: I feel really good. Last week I rested like whole week, so I can I think more focus on the course and I'm ready.
Q. How is your wrist today? Was it as comfortable as yesterday?
HEE YOUNG PARK: Yesterday more hard ground, so a bit tough to hit solid, hit the ball.
But today more soft fairway, everything, so it helped a lot. So more comfortable today.
Q. So a lot of ice last night.
HEE YUNG PARK: A lot of ice, good food, good sleep.
Q. Do you expect scores at the end of the day to be pretty good?
HEE YOUNG PARK: Yeah, I think I so, because greens ‑‑ this golf course, hardest thing is greens pretty firm.
But today after rain, now like pretty holding well, so a lot of player can play more aggressive and then more consistent hit it, the fairways.
Q. A lot of players haven't even started their second round because of the delay; you're done. Do you think it's an advantage to not have to finish tomorrow and start again? You just to have play 18 tomorrow.
HEE YOUNG PARK: If I afternoon tee'd off, maybe bit pressure ready for tomorrow, like maybe 27 hole or I'm not sure.
But this morning, like even when I was tee'd off, weather was still pretty bad. Like a little bit shower, rain, a little bit windy, cold. But now, like perfect shape.
So good thing a little bit, bad thing a little bit.
Q. If you play with Inbee or Stacy, do you enjoy that, or does that make you a little nervous?
HEE YOUNG PARK: No, I really enjoy it. Actually not a match play, but feels like match play. When competitor play well with my group, I kind of like motivated something, so I more enjoy it.
Q. You know you can win out here; do you go into the weekend fairly confident?
HEE YOUNG PARK: Yeah, I mean, I don't have nothing to lose, you know. Just keep enjoy it and enjoy my challenging this weekend, and nothing afraid about it, you know.
Rolex Rankings No. 2 Stacy Lewis (-7)
Q. Yesterday you said you left something out there.
STACY LEWIS: Yeah.
Q. How do you feel today?
STACY LEWIS: Definitely have a better feeling coming off the course today. Just feel like I played a lot more solid; hit the ball better; definitely had more control going into the greens.
I think less wind helped there. Just stayed really patient and made a few putts, and added up to a pretty good score.
Q. What was the course like out there today compared to yesterday?
STACY LEWIS: It was actually really good. You know, early it was definitely a little wet because we still had a bit of rain. Didn't have too much mud on the ball and the greens dried out actually really, really well.
Why see any affects going into the weekend. The course is looking really good.
Q. How do you feel about your game going into the weekend?
STACY LEWIS: I'm excited. This is a position I love to be in. I love giving myself a chance to win. I'm right where I need to be. I just got to keep staying patient and get a few putts to fall.
Q. I think this is 10 consecutive rounds for you here at par or better. Clearly this is a course that suits you. What about it?
STACY LEWIS: I don't know. I mean, this is definitely one of the courses that I like to play. Visually it looks really nice to play. I haven't made quite as many birdies as I would have thought, but the greens are just tricky.
It's definitely a ball‑striker's course. You just have to keep hitting a bunch of greens and getting a few putts here and there.
Q. With some of the other leaders not going off for another 45 minutes, you'll be eating dinner when they're finishing tonight. How pleased are you to be done for the day and only have 18 tomorrow?
STACY LEWIS: Oh, I'm very excited. They had the better end of the draw yesterday playing in a little bit less wind, and then today I think we got the better end of the draw.
So it's definitely nice to have the second round done, especially just energy level going into the weekend. To come out on a Saturday morning to finish five or six holes and then turn around and start again is pretty tough.
I think we have a little energy level advantage.
Q. Did you think you had caught a break this morning when you went out there early?
STACY LEWIS: Well, driving the to course when we hadn't got word that they were pulling us off, thinking maybe we have to go play in the rain, no.
But I think once we got the word we're not starting until 11:00, I think we definitely had an advantage just knowing we're going to get done and everybody else won't.
Q. Do you like wet conditions historically?
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, I mean, I think this golf course, we usually play it when it's wet. The last few days when it's been dry is kind of been abnormal for here. So I have been used to playing this golf course wet.
But into the greens the ball was still releasing out a little bit. You couldn't go crazy. If you had a downwind 7‑iron it was still releasing out.
If you get a wedge in your hand you can spin something up there pretty close. I definitely did that today. I like when you have to adjust and think a little bit. I like a challenge.
Q. Going back to the question about knowing you've played well here in the past couple years, did you anticipate coming in here, knowing, Hey, this is the year I should be able to do something because I've played well but just haven't gotten up there yet?
STACY LEWIS: I think this is the kind of course I think the more you play it the more you understand it. And so I think every year my results have shown that. I've played a little bit better every year.
Coming in here as rookie it's a hard golf course to play because the greens are tricky. The more you play it and the better notes you take, definitely seems to help.
Q. Did you even come close it a bogey today, didn't you?
STACY LEWIS: Probably on 8 actually was the closest I came. I got a little bit aggressive with my first putt. I wanted to make it and ran it about five feet by. That's this golf course, though. There are some greens you can get some downhill putts you just have to be careful with.
Q. Did you just knock it close on most of your birdies and have, not teen putts, but did you make some bombs out there?
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, the longest was probably 11. It was when it was raining a little bit. Made one from the front edge. I think the pin was ten or twelve on, so I made it whatever that is, 20, 30 feet. So I made that one, but the rest of them were pretty close, within 10 feet.
And taking advantage of the par‑5s is something you have to do here, too.
Q. Right. So must have been a really good ball striking day for you.
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, when I missed it, it was pretty simple chip shots. I didn't short‑side myself at all. The bunkers played really tough today.
I don't know if they didn't rake them, but as you can see they're really smooth. So once I saw I think Yani was in one early and kind of made it a goal to stay away from the bunker just so you don't get those bad lies.
Q. (No microphone.)
STACY LEWIS: Sometimes you do; sometimes you don't. I had some chip shots actually where I had a good lie so I just didn't even touch it because you don't want it rolling into a divot or something funny when you place it.
Yeah, when the ball is your hand, it takes away getting in a divot. Kind of frees you up a little bit because you can tee it up.
Q. And that helps the better players you think even more?
STACY LEWIS: I don't know. I think it just helps everybody. I don't think we really needed it today. I think the 8th fairway was the worst one. That had a little bit of squish to it when you walked, but every other fairway was pretty good. I think they were just being a little cautious.
Q. You look like you may have had a (indiscernible) approach here on 9.
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, I just ran through the fairway and I was in the rough and there was a big clump of grass behind it. I was just really hoping to get it on the green and hit actually a pretty good shot.
Q. Is that the only fairway you missed?
STACY LEWIS: I don't know. I think I missed maybe one or two other ones. If I missed them, I think I was in the first cut at least once. Again, I was consistent and never really had to work too hard.
Rolex Rankings No. 69 Brittany Lang (-7)
Q. What was today like for you being out there?
BRITTANY LANG: It was a beautiful day. I have a lot of friends and family here, so I'm having a lot of fun. I've been playing really good and working really hard just trying to be confident out there and committed to my shots. Working on a few things, so good first two days.
Q. Comfortable position for you to be in right now?
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, for sure. I haven't been up near the top in a while. Had a top 10 in San Francisco a few weeks back. Like I said, I've been playing really good, so I am just trying to stick to my process and have some fun with it.
Q. How you feel going into the weekend? Good?
BRITTANY LANG: I feel good. I feel really good. I've had so many opportunities this week. It's one of those courses where you have a million opportunities. You have to stay positive.
Go work on my putting a little bit and roll a few more in this weekend.
Q. Really got it going early: three birdies I guess in the first seven holes. Did you chip one of those in?
BRITTANY LANG: No, I don't think so.
Q. So you basically were able to get some good runs at the hole, I guess we could say.
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, I made a long putt on 2 to start the day; about a 15‑footer on 3; then just a tap‑in on the other par‑5s. Take advantage of the par‑5s.
Q. And then you bogeyed 14 and then came right back and birdied 15. That had to be a huge confidence boost coming in.
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, it was. I hit two great shots and thought it would be a good eagle up and just over the green. But, yeah, birdie after bogey is key.
Q. Is it an advantage not having to play tomorrow the second round as well?
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, you know, it all evens out. We had to wake up early and they wake up early. It always evens out in the end, but I'll definitely enjoy any rest.
Q. You said it had been a while since you had been up top there at the midway point. Do you forget what it feels like, or is it...
BRITTANY LANG: No, I've been up there a lot. I mean, I've won and I've had a lot of seconds and a lot of good finishes. I've been working really hard on just some certain things, and if I keep working on them I'll be happy come Sunday.
We'll see what happens.
Q. How did the course and the conditions change? Driving in this morning it's rainy, windy, cold, miserable, and the course is soaked. You didn't know about the delay at that point.
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, the course is playing way different from yesterday because it was super windy and the greens were firm, and today it's gorgeous with no breeze and the greens are soft.
So playing right now as opposed to yesterday afternoon is night and day. Hitting a lot more drivers and a lot more clubs because the fairways are soft, the greens are soft.
Yeah, just one of those things. You kind roll with it. Wake up early, tee off at noon, and see how it goes.
Q. There are a lot of groups that will be teeing off 6:00 and later. A few anyway. You're done. Do you think there is an advantage not having to come back and finish this round tomorrow?
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah. Like I said, I'm enjoying my rest, but over time everything evens out. Like we played in the wind yesterday; they probably won't play in a whole lot of breeze. We woke up early and we played at noon; they wake up early...
Like I said, it always evens out in the end.
I'm not too worried about it.
Q. You were born in Richmond?
BRITTANY LANG: I was.
Q. How long were you here before you moved?
BRITTANY LANG: Ten years. Then I moved to Texas.
Q. Okay. So you had grade school here?
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, elementary, and I think I had maybe just started middle school when we left.
Q. So is this where you started your golf career.
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, at I started when I was eight at Brandermill Country Club. That's where I first started, yeah.
Q. Still consider yourself a Texan though, right?
BRITTANY LANG: Definitely, and they get kind of mad at me here in Virginia. But I've been there for so long, you know, I do.
Q. You said a lot of family and friends here. Some folks come down from Richmond or Brandermill?
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, a lot of our family friends came down and are staying here. Both of my parents are here. It's a fun week. A bunch of our friends are down. Probably 10, 15 people, so it's pretty cool.
Rolex Rankings No. 351 Mariajo Uribe (-5)
Q. Obviously a great round today. You had a 65. If you can, talk about how the weather played a factor in your round at all.
MARIAJO URIBE: Yeah, no, I just felt good, you know. Like a day today you wake up so early and you're waiting the whole day anxious to play.
So I just stayed calm. I like the girls that I was playing with. And things happened. The round started kind of slow. I was over‑putting the first couple of holes and then just made a couple of birdies and finished with a couple in the end.
So feel really good about my round.
Q. Like where you're sitting heading into tomorrow?
MARIAJO URIBE: Yeah, exactly. The whole point this year is I'm trying to stay in contention for the weekend. Being right there in the top 10 with a chance of winning on the weekend, it'll be great.
Hopefully the weather stays good and the course keeps up and we'll have a great weekend.
Q. Is that the lowest round of the year for you?
MARIAJO URIBE: I believe so. I think so, yeah. It's been nice. I had another good round in Kia, too, the first round.
It's coming together. I feel really good about my game right now. I feel good stuff for this season.
Q. What was it about today that was clicking in your game the most?
MARIAJO URIBE: There wasn't a lot of difference than yesterday, just the putt fell. Hit a couple of close second shots today.
My driver was really good. I have a new driver so I'm trying to get used to it. Today it worked pretty well. That was pretty much the difference.
Q. Did you notice a change in course conditions as it started to dry out?
MARIAJO URIBE: Yeah, I mean, the front nine it was so much longer than yesterday. All the holes were like ‑‑ on No. 12 we were 80 yards behind what we were yesterday, so definitely was a factor in the front nine.
Then it started drying out and the ball started bouncing a little bit more and the greens dried out a little bit.
I guess as the greens were a little bit slower you were able to be a little bit more aggressive with your putts, and I think that helped, too.
Q. Do you feel like being able to complete your round, as opposed to some of the players here who have to finish tomorrow, is a huge advantage heading into the weekend?
MARIAJO URIBE: Yeah. As I said, I was a little bit anxious to wait this morning. But it's good to be done. We can sleep in and wait for the new tee times.
It's going to be nice to rest, because when you have to finish your round you don't get a good night's rest.
It's going to be great. And the fact that I was able to finish my round take the momentum out of a good round is pretty great.