ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer Second Round Notes and Interviews

Stacy Lewis
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Stacy Lewis hits her tee shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer on the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club on May 31, 2014 in Galloway, New Jersey.

Rolex Rankings No. 2, Stacy Lewis (-12)
Rolex Rankings No. 104, Christina Kim (-11)
Rolex Rankings No. 53, Jennifer Johnson (-10)
Rolex Rankings No. 30, Gerina Piller (-8)

Rolex Rankings No. 2 Stacy Lewis put herself in perfect position to win this week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer and to have a chance at taking over the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rank­ings. The American shot the low round of the day with a bogey-free 8-under 63 in gusty conditions at Stock­ton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. She tied the 36-hole course and tournament record with a two-day total 12-under 130.

Fellow American and two-time LPGA Tour winner Christina Kim (64-67, -11) trails Lewis by one shot. First-round leader Jennifer Johnson (62-70, -10) sits in solo third and two shots back.

Lewis will be eyeing up her 10th career victory and second win in her last four starts. She won the event two years ago in 2012 and would become the fourth multi winner of the event. She would join Juli Inkster (1986, 1988), Betsy King (1987, 1995, 2001) and Annika Sorenstam (1998, 2002) as players to have won the event twice.

“I got off to a better start, but the first nine holes yesterday I just was uncomfortable over the ball,” said Lewis. “Alignment was kind of messed up the last few rounds, and kind of started to figure it out throughout the day yesterday, and it definitely felt a lot better today.  Hit a ball a lot more solid, didn’t have to make as many par putts, and it was just a lot easier overall.”

Lewis said she made some adjustments on her alignment and ended up making all of the difference.

“I mean, I know my tendencies,” said Lewis. “My tendencies are for my feet to get closed.  I do it all the time, and you wish you could figure out some way to not do it.  That’s the tendency.  To do it, my feet at the
moment feel pretty open, which is hard, because I feel like I’m going to hook the ball a lot.  So that was yes­terday.  I had to just get comfortable.”

Christina Kim kept herself in contention after a round of 67 on Saturday and trails the lead by just one shot. She had five birdies and a bogey in the second round. The California native’s last win came in 2005, her third season on Tour, at The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions.

“The scores are finally starting to add up,” said Kim. “I was playing well last year but things just didn’t. I was still injured and I was having a lot of compensatory movements throughout my swing, and I just really got healthy and tightened it all up in the last seven or eight months or so.  So it’s just been a work in progress, and I’ve just been steadily waiting patiently for things to start falling into place.”

First-round leader Jennifer Johnson followed up her career-low round of 62 on Friday with a 1-under 70 today and sits two shots off the lead. She said the windy conditions started playing a factor on her back nine.

“My back nine was definitely windier than when we started,” said Johnson. “Those holes out by the water, there’s nothing to protect you from the wind, so it’s going to be pretty tough I think… when you shoot your lowest round ever, it’s hard to follow that up. Everything went my way yesterday and nothing was dropping today.”

Johnson will try to become the seventh different American player to win on the LPGA Tour this season and said she hasn’t necessarily been jealous of her fellow Americans achievements this year. Rather, she feels very positive about the improvements she has been making in her game.

“I would never say jealous,” said Johnson. “I’m pretty happy with my improvement, and that’s really the goal is just keep getting better.”

World No. 1 Inbee Park sits six shots off the lead in a tie for seventh at 6-under par. Defending champion Kar­rie Webb is in a tie for 19th at 3-under par. Notables to miss the 36-hole cut include winners this year Lizette Salas (+2) and Jessica Korda (+3) and two-time ShopRite LPGA Classic winner Juli Inkster (+2).

GUNNING FOR THE NO. 1 SPOT
Stacy Lewis wants to let her play do the talking. The 29-year old is faced with questions about fighting for the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings each week and she would like to have her wins push her into the posi­tion rather than keep talking about it.

“Honestly kind of tired of hearing all the scenarios and hearing everybody talk about it,” said Lewis. “I would like to take care of that here this week, especially with the Open come up and all that, just would like to go in there without having to deal with all these extra story lines that people like to make.”

Lewis took over the top spot amongst the Americans in the world rankings after she won her third-career victory at the 2012 ShopRite LPGA Classic. She said there would be some nostalgic feelings this week if she would be able to reclaim the No. 1 ranking here.

“You know, it would be huge,” said Lewis. “I was only there for four weeks last year when I got there, so I nev­er really  - - it was so crazy those four weeks, I never got to enjoy it. So I definitely want to get back because I know kind of now more what to expect with it.” 

1-2-3 FOR THE AMERICANS
The resurgence of the American players on Tour this season has been an ongoing storyline all year and this week has been no different. Three Americans hold the top three spots after two rounds of play at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and have a great chance at securing the 8th win by an American in 2014.

Stacy Lewis (67-63) holds the solo lead at 12-under par and is trailed by fellow Americans Christina Kim (64-67) and Jennifer Johnson (62-70) who trail her by one and two shots respectively. If Kim or Johnson were to finish on top this week, they would become the seventh different American winner this season and the sixth different U.S.-born player to win in the last seven LPGA Tour events

THANKS, DONALD
Stacy Lewis looked at getting some U.S. Women’s Open prep at Pinehurst No. 2 earlier this week as a benefit to her instead of missing practice rounds at Seaview. The top-ranked American said with both courses being Donald Ross designs, there were plenty of similarities to play off of.

“Got some good practice in at Pinehurst, which was actually good prep at Pinehurst for this golf course, just both being Donald Ross and a similar style.  You had to hit similar types of shots.  So that was actually good practice for here… It wasn’t as windy there, but at Pinehurst you’re going to have to hit shots that either have a draw or a fade on them to hold the green, which is similar out here.  You have to hit the right type of shot to get it close.”

Lewis said the consistent windy conditions coming off Reeds Bay this week are actually the ones she prefers. The Texan, who is always up for a challenge when it comes to course set up, said the creative test of windy conditions is something she relishes.

“I think if you look at a lot of my wins and a lot of the courses I played well on is when it’s windy and when it’s hard,” said Lewis. “I enjoy that.  I like when you kind of have to work shots into the wind or do you hit more club and work it into the wind or hit less club and let it ride the wind.  I like doing that, like being creative.  It really just suits my game.”
                  
TAKING OWNERSHIP
Four visible logos on Stacy Lewis’ apparel and hat are all title sponsors of LPGA Tour events: Pure Silk, Mar­athon, Manulife and now KPMG. She has responsibilities and commitments at even more tournaments throughout the year with her relationships with title sponsors. The sixth-year LPGA Tour member has evolved into one of the Tour’s most active ambassadors.

“I hope all the players feel this way, is that this is our Tour, and we’ve taken ownership of it,” said Lewis.  “Just to get my sponsors on board and get them to see the value in coming and being partners of our Tour, that’s what I’ve been trying to do.”

Lewis was involved in the early stages of the creation of the KPMG PGA Women’s Championship and quickly realized the magnitude of the partnership the Tour was creating with KPMG and the PGA of America.

“That announcement on Thursday has been a long time coming,” said Lewis. “It’s been cool to see kind of behind the scenes, seeing all the parties come together.  They’re coming to me with questions, what do you think about this, what do you think about that, and it’s just been cool to be a part of that.”

Lewis said there was no hesitation to be involved in the announcement even though it ran during a tourna­ment week.

“Doing that announcement was really a no brainer,” said Lewis. “We made it a big deal doing it in the city like that with all the media.  It was definitely a cool thing.  I got a lot of calls and texts from people.  It was fun, but at the same time I hope all the players see what I’m doing and see that they can do this too and really kind of help elevate the Tour.”

To cut down on travel time, Lewis and her agent took a helicopter from Atlantic City to New York City and she said her mode of transportation might have been the highlight.

“Helicopter actually was pretty darned cool,” said Lewis. “We got to go do a bunch of shows, did the press conference on the Saturday Night Live stage which is a lot smaller than you think.  All that media stuff isn’t really all glamorous as you think, but definitely the helicopter into the city was definitely the best way to see New York.”

KIM FINDING HER GAME
Christina Kim hasn’t played poorly the last three years. She was top-100 on the money list two of those years and the other (2012), she finished 110th.

But by her standards, as a two-time winner that finished top-50 on the money list each of her first eight years including top-20 finishes in your second and third year, the lull in her career has admittedly been a disap­pointment.

Most of it was the injuries, though – a lingering tendinitis in the forearm that she finally feels like is healed. It is showing these days. She posted a tied for 6th at the North Texas Shootout – her best finish since 2011 – and is on pace for her best finish of the year heading into the final round at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Pre­sented by Acer in solo second place at 11-under-par.

Kim believes the problem with her forearm is taken care of after getting platelet spinning done back in the first week of January, which put her on the shelf for six weeks before she could even pick up a club. There­fore, she didn’t debut until March but is already 43rd on the money list this year and will surely rise after this week.

“I went from being a really damned good amateur to coming out on Tour and winning two events in my first three years, and then going through a bit of a slump, and I’m back on my way up,” she said. “I’m healthy, I’m happy, I’m in a good place and just hitting that ball, starting it above the ground, hitting it on the ground, trying to finish underground.”

Her 4-under-par 67 has her just one shot back of Stacy Lewis and in primed position to make a run at her third career title. Regardless, though, she’s going to enjoy the walk.

“It’s just golf,” she said. “I’ve gone through a lot of things in my life. Those things considered made me realize that chasing a white golf ball around getting paid for it is a pretty damned good job, and I’ve always enjoyed every moment of it. I’ve enjoyed the fight and the battles the last couple of years when it’s been hard and it’s been frustrating, and I love the highs and lows of life, and without experiencing them and being able to appreciate them, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy a day like today.”

CHEERS TO SUNDAY
A total of 73 players made the cut which fell at 1-over-par 143.

Of Note…Irene Coe withdrew after nine holes on Saturday with an arm injury, Danielle Kang withdrew with a back injury, and M.J. Hur also withdrew.

 

SOCIAL SCENE
“@ShopRiteLPGA Great crowds out at @Seaviewgolf today! #AtlanticCity
#ShopRiteLPGA.”
                                                                                                            -@themichellewie

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Well, when you shoot your lowest round ever, it’s hard to follow that up.”
                                                                                                            - Jennifer Johnson

 

Rolex Rankings No. 2, Stacy Lewis (-12)

THE MODERATOR:  I'd love to welcome in Stacy Lewis, our leader here in the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.  8‑under today.  You said you felt a lot more comfortable over the ball.  What was the difference today do you think?
STACY LEWIS: 
Well, one, I got off to a better start, but the first nine holes yesterday I just was uncomfortable over the ball.  Alignment was kind of messed up the last few rounds, and kind of started to figure it out throughout the day yesterday, and it definitely felt a lot better today.  Hit a ball a lot more solid, didn't have to make as many par putts, and it was just a lot easier overall.
           
THE MODERATOR:  We have to go back to your schedule this week, and I don't know if everybody knows what you've been up to, but you did the Pinehurst prep early on in the week, you came here for your pro‑am and essentially left right after, took a helicopter to New York City, came back, did the whole KPMG women's PGA Championship announcement, come here, take the lead in the second round, no big deal.  Talk about your week and how you've been able to manage that.
STACY LEWIS: 
When you say it that way, it makes it sound worse than it was.  Well, I know my game is in a good place, so I didn't think ‑‑ yeah, it was a lot, but I didn't think it was going to be too much.  I really did good about when I had time to rest, I did, and got some good practice in at Pinehurst, which was actually good prep at Pinehurst for this golf course, just both being Donald Rosses and a similar style.  You had to hit similar types of shots.  So that was actually good practice for here.
           
And then got a good look at the course in the pro‑am and had some fun on Thursday and just came here and played some good golf, which is what I've been doing.  Finally played more consistent today, made some putts, and it was just a good day.
           
THE MODERATOR:  We keep talking about your role as an ambassador for this Tour.  I was talking to your agent and you have a hand in maybe six of our events as you have commitments to do with your title sponsors.  We have KPMG, Manulife, Marathon, Pure Silk.  Talk about your role as an ambassador and your responsibility of making that trip up there, which was a huge deal during the week of a tournament week.
STACY LEWIS:
  Yeah, I think like all the players, I hope all the players feel this way, is that this is our Tour, and we've taken ownership of it.  Just to get my sponsors on board and get them to see the value in coming and being partners of our Tour, that's what I've been trying to do.  That announcement on Thursday has been a long time coming.  It's been cool to see kind of behind the scenes, seeing all the parties come together.  They're coming to me with questions, what do you think about this, what do you think about that, and it's just been cool to be a part of that.  Doing that announcement was really a no‑brainer.  We made it a big deal doing it in the city like that with all the media.  It was definitely a cool thing.  I got a lot of calls and texts from people.  It was fun, but at the same time I hope all the players see what I'm doing and see that they can do this too and really kind of help elevate the Tour.
           
THE MODERATOR:  What was the coolest part about that trip, maybe the helicopter?
STACY LEWIS:
  Helicopter actually was pretty darned cool.  We got to go do a bunch of shows, did the press conference on the Saturday Night Live stage which is a lot smaller than you think.  All that media stuff isn't really all glamorous as you think, but definitely the helicopter into the city was definitely the best way to see New York.

Q.  Coming in here with the winds and the conditions being a huge part of what makes this golf course what it is, how does your experience factor help you when maybe you didn't have as much prep time as maybe you would in a normal week?
STACY LEWIS:
  Yeah, I think if you look at a lot of my wins and a lot of the courses I played well on is when it's windy and when it's hard.  I enjoy that.  I like when you kind of have to work shots into the wind or do you hit more club and work it into the wind or hit less club and let it ride the wind.  I like doing that, like being creative.  It really just suits my game.  I really think the prep at Pinehurst was honestly really good.  It wasn't as windy there, but at Pinehurst you're going to have to hit shots that either have a draw or a fade on them to hold the green, which is similar out here.  You have to hit the right type of shot to get it close.
           
Really the Pinehurst prep was probably the best thing I could have done without playing a couple more rounds on this golf course.

Q.  You mentioned yesterday the first nine were a little bit rocky, but what did you do to cure the alignment?  I know it's hard to experiment in the middle of a round.  How did you get to where you are now from that point yesterday until 63 today?
STACY LEWIS:
  Yeah, I mean, I know my tendencies.  My tendencies are for my feet to get closed.  I do it all the time, and you wish you could figure out some way to not do it.  That's the tendency.  To do it, my feet at the time moment feel pretty open, which is hard, because I feel like I'm going to hook the ball a lot.  So that was yesterday.  I had to just get comfortable.  I was kind of blocking some shots early yesterday because I wasn't trusting that I was going to hit it straight when I was lined up good.  That was the first nine, and really, I hit some good shots, hit a good drive yesterday on 1 and 2, and that really kind of got things going in the right direction.

Q.  You have a chance to take over the No. 1 spot this week.  What would it mean to you to be able to accomplish that?
STACY LEWIS:
  You know, it would be huge.  I was only there for four weeks last year when I got there, so I never really ‑‑ it was so crazy those four weeks, I never got to enjoy it.  So I definitely want to get back because I know kind of now more what to expect with it.  Honestly kind of tired of hearing all the scenarios and hearing everybody talk about it.  I would like to take care of that here this week, especially with the Open come up and all that, just would like to go in there without having to deal with all these extra story lines that people like to make.

Q.  And when were you down at Pinehurst and when did you get here?
STACY LEWIS:
  I flew into Pinehurst on Sunday night right after Mobile and flew up here Tuesday night.  So I got two good rounds there.  There was hardly anybody on the golf course so we could kind of take our time and do what we needed to do.
           
THE MODERATOR:  You have a lot of good memories here, obviously the win and I mentioned outside about your donation after the storm.  What about this event and how much would it mean ‑‑ you took over the No. 1 spot as an American here.  Just as a nostalgic factor, winning here again, No. 1 ranking aside.
STACY LEWIS:
  Well, I like this golf course, and I think the fans, they just ‑‑ they seem to just come out of the woodwork for this tournament, and it's awesome.  We've been coming here for so long that it's nice, everybody kind of has where they stay and where they go eat.  It's nice to just come back to a place that you're used to.  I definitely have good memories obviously of two years ago being the top American, and I was thinking about that yesterday when we were playing that it feels like it was just yesterday that we were here.  So it's just amazing that it's been that long.  It would definitely be cool to take over the No. 1 here, too.

Q.  And on the course, what is it about this golf course that you like so much?
STACY LEWIS:
  I like the creativity.  I like ‑‑ the wind can switch because today we had more of a north wind and yesterday we had a south wind, so the golf course can change overnight, and you have to be able to adjust with it and you have to be able to change your shots.  I like the crosswinds where you can be creative.  This golf course this year obviously is a lot softer, so around the greens I don't think you're kind of ‑‑ you're not fretting as much as you were in years past.
           
But it's just more the creativity I like on this golf course.

Q.  And the greens, how are you finding the greens this year compared to last year?
STACY LEWIS:
  The greens this year are definitely much better than last year.  Last year they were pretty bumpy.  But speed‑wise, I don't know, the whole golf course, I don't know what it is, the whole golf course just has more grass on it in general.  So the greens are rolling a little bit better, and today, I don't know if it was the wind or just playing in the morning, but they were a little faster for us today.

Q.  Was that your first time at Pinehurst?
STACY LEWIS:
  First time since the redesign.

Q.  What were your impressions as you went around those couple days?
STACY LEWIS: 
Yeah, Pinehurst is awesome.  As I said, it's very similar to this, but the greens are just a little bit more elevated.  But you're going to have to play some golf.
           
I think even par, possibly over par wins there at the end of the week.  It's going to be a challenge.  There's some holes that have some length but then there's some holes you can make birdies on.  With those greens, we were looking at the yardage book, and the actual size of the green, you could probably cut them in half, just all the runoffs.  Like this golf course, you're going to have to be able to run some shots in, use slopes, hit cuts, hit draws.  You're going to have to hit a lot of shots there.  You can't just hit one shot and get away with it.

Q.  How were conditions today?  Was it calmer in the morning?  Did it get windier as the day wore on?
STACY LEWIS:
  It definitely was a little calm this morning, but it definitely got windier as we went on, and when we looked at the forecast this morning and saw it was supposed to be 10 to 20 I think which was more than it was yesterday afternoon, I was pretty excited actually, that I was in the morning.  We were going to get most of our round in before the wind started.  Compared to yesterday afternoon it was actually pretty similar this morning, but it definitely picked up there as the day went on.

 

Rolex Rankings No. 104, Christina Kim (-11)

THE MODERATOR:  We'd like to welcome Christina Kim into the interview room, 4‑under 67 today, one back of Stacy.  We saw you exchange pleasantries on the way out, competitors but obviously friends, as well.
CHRISTINA KIM: 
Yeah, of course.  I'm here to play my best and I want everyone else to play they're best.  I'm not here to try and make anyone feel bad or try and play mind games or anything like that.  I'm just here because I love the game.
           
THE MODERATOR:  You've had a lot of good finishes recently.  Talk about the revitalization of your game recently.
CHRISTINA KIM:
  The scores are finally starting to add up.  I was playing well last year but things just didn't ‑‑ I was still injured and I was having a lot of compensatory movements throughout my swing, and I just really got healthy and tightened it all up in the last seven or eight months or so.  So it's just been a work in progress, and I've just been steadily waiting patiently for things to start falling into place.
           
THE MODERATOR:  How is the tendonitis in your forearm doing now?
CHRISTINA KIM:
  I think it's fair to say I don't have it any longer.  I had gotten some platelet spinning done back in the first week of January, and took six weeks off from then before I was able to even pick up a club.  Had my 2014 debut in March as opposed to back in the end of January at the Bahamas where I would have loved to have gone.  But the arm feels great.  I'm in a really good place, and yeah, just really happy to be here.

Q.  Can you talk about where you've come from to play where you were and now be contending maybe playing in the final group tomorrow?
CHRISTINA KIM:
  Yeah, I went from being a really damned good amateur to coming out on Tour and winning two events in my first three years, and then going through a bit of a slump, and I'm back on my way up.  I'm healthy, I'm happy, I'm in a good place and just hitting that ball, starting it above the ground, hitting it on the ground, trying to finish underground.

Q.  Does it feel ‑‑ are you enjoying it more now maybe since you've had some tough times to be back in contention?  Are you relishing it, enjoying it more?
CHRISTINA KIM:
  It's just golf.  I've gone through a lot of things in my life.  Those things considered made me realize that chasing a white golf ball around getting paid for it is a pretty damned good job, and I've always enjoyed every moment of it.  I've enjoyed the fight and the battles the last couple of years when it's been hard and it's been frustrating, and I love the highs and lows of life, and without experiencing them and being able to appreciate them, you wouldn't be able to enjoy a day like today where it's starting to get really, really windy.  I'm just ‑‑ it's just different.  It's not about more or less.  It's just different.

Q.  Is it fair to say you played better golf today after the wing sprung up?
CHRISTINA KIM:
  Okay.  I don't really ‑‑ I just know I finished 4.  I know I made a bogey, I three‑putted early on.  But yeah, I just went out there and I knew the greens are very difficult out here, and we only play poa annua greens.  I grew up on poa annua thankfully in Northern California, so I have a little bit of a head start on some of these girls.  But the poa annua is always very tricky, and the greens here, they're quintessential Donald Ross, a lot of movement, a lot of runoff along the sides.  I just think the chances are going to come.  It's not a long golf course, so we're going to have a lot of shots where we're going to be able to hit it tight and just try and take some of the opportunities when they come.  I missed several and made several.  You win some, you lose some.  I'm just happy to be here.

Q.  Do you have a couple of highlights from your round to share, like a long putt or a great shot to a couple inches or anything like that?
CHRISTINA KIM:
  Not really.  On No. 5, which is one of the shortest holes on the golf course, I hit a 3‑wood off the tee and was expecting to have like 70, 80 yards in, and I had like 50 to the flag, ran it probably about 14 yards past the flag and then drained it actually.  That was the first long putt I've made since 11 yesterday.  So not really.  I mean, I was just playing steadily and just putting them in my pocket and trying to forget whatever happened in the past and just keep plugging along, just trying to hit the shot that I'm standing over perfectly.

 

Rolex Rankings No. 53, Jennifer Johnson (-10)

THE MODERATOR:  You’ve been in this position before but not this year. What is the strategy heading into tomorrow?
JENNIFER JOHNSON:
  Really I’m just going to think about placement. This course is pretty much, you have to place yourself on the greens so you have a birdie chance, and hit the fairways because when you hit it in the rough, it’s hard to make birdies. So I don’t know, normal stuff.
           
THE MODERATOR:  How much tougher did it get out there? The wind seemed like it really picked up as the afternoon went on and how much tougher will that be for the afternoon wave?
JENNIFER JOHNSON:
  My back nine was definitely windier than when we started. Those holes out by the water, there’s nothing to protect you from the wind, so it’s going to be pretty tough I think.
           
THE MODERATOR:  You’ve seen all these Americans get on the win track and you won last year, how important is that to you to get back up there and have you been jealous at times seeing all the Americans win this year?
JENNIFER JOHNSON:
I would never say jealous. I’m pretty happy with my improvement, and that’s really the goal is just keep getting better.
           
THE MODERATOR:  Is it a tougher task to come from behind tomorrow with Stacy in the lead heading into tomorrow. She’s got a chance to be the No. 1 player in the world and obviously shot a 63 today. Does that make it an even tougher challenge?
JENNIFER JOHNSON:
No, she probably has more pressure than I do [because of No. 1], so really you just put the pressure on yourself because no one else is putting it on you.
           
THE MODERATOR: How much do you like this golf course?
JENNIFER JOHNSON:
I think it just kind of fits my eye pretty well. I like how the drives are straight away and then the approaches are the challenge of the course.

THE MODERATOR: What was the difference in your game between today and yesterday?
JENNIFER JOHNSON:
Well, when you shoot your lowest round ever, it’s hard to follow that up. Everything went my way yesterday and nothing was dropping today.

Rolex Rankings No. 30, Gerina Piller (-8)

Q. How important was the last two birdies?  Obviously that put you in an incredibly good place going into tomorrow, four back of Stacy?
GERINA PILLER:  Yeah, that's huge, just because this course obviously with no wind, it plays pretty easy.  But I don't know what the forecast is for tomorrow, so with those two birdies, it's definitely put me in striking range, and it's not too far out of my range to catch her.

Q.  Pretty proud of that round today with the wind blowing like it was?  It was pretty calm early in the morning and then it turned up.
GERINA PILLER:
  Yeah, I felt like I hit the ball well today and my putting was a lot better today than it was yesterday.  Just one of those things where you've got to stay patient.  There's going to be birdies and you're going to have some bogeys, and you just have to stay patient.  That's what I did today, and I just trusted myself and my swing, and I didn't have the best warmup so I was kind of nervous, didn't know what to expect teeing off, and just really wanted to go out there and post a good number.

Q.  What happened on 17?  I didn't get to see that.
GERINA PILLER: 
I hit a gap wedge.  I wasn't sure if the wind was helping or hurting, and so I just hit that full, and I was probably about 26 or 27 feet past the pin, and it went in, so that was nice.  Those long ones are nice to have.

Q.  What's the strategy when chasing a player like Stacy?  Obviously it's another player, you kind of maybe know they're not going to come back.  They might come back some.  You know with her she's probably going to shoot a number.  What's the strategy?  Do you have to be more aggressive?
GERINA PILLER: 
No, I wouldn't change anything that I'm doing.  It's one of those things where you just play good golf and the rest of it takes care of itself, so that's just my plan for tomorrow, just go out and hit good shots and just really stay in my game and not worry about anyone else because the only thing I can control is myself.

Q.  I saw you throw a strike at the Phillies, has that momentum translated to this week?
GERINA PILLER:
  Yeah, that was pretty cool.  It's one of my childhood dreams to play in the major leagues.  Obviously that did not work out, so just to ‑‑

Q.  Well, you didn't end up on SportsCenter like 50 Cent.
GERINA PILLER:
  Yeah, that's very good.  I was hopeful I was going to end up on SportsCenter for a good throw.

 

 

 

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