Fasoldt looking to finish off at top of Challenge Division; Leaderboard hopscotch ends with Hill in lead of Seniors
Braselton, Ga., August 26, 2014 –The Second Round of the LPGA T&CP National Championship was underway Tuesday on the beautiful Chateau Course at Chateau Elan. The weather held up with clear, sunny skies as the players made their way through the North Atlanta course. On average, scores were a little higher Tuesday with the lowest score coming from the Championship division at 70 (2-under for the day), versus the low score of 65 from Monday.
Jean Bartholomew still holds onto a two-stroke lead in the Championship division, but with a strong round from Ashley Grier and Karen Paolozzi, the race gets a bit tighter. Grier and Paolozzi both shot second-round 70s, making them tied for second heading into Wednesday's final round. Carolyn Hill leads the Senior division after shooting 70 on Tuesday with Cusimano and Kleiman following closely behind. As for the Challenge division, Fasoldt keeps the lead for the second day and will tee off tomorrow looking to clinch her division.
BARTHOLOMEW FINDS HERSELF IN BATTLE
First round leader Jean Bartholomew held onto her lead through Tuesday's second round, but with movement on the leaderboard, she enters the final round just two shots ahead of an eager field. Following her 67 round Monday, Bartholomew struggled some on Tuesday, finishing with a 74, two over par.
“My back nine really killed me today,” Bartholomew said. “I was three-under at one point, but I struggled some on my back nine (the front nine) with a few bogeys. I try to not to stress a lot when I’m out there, but I think it started to get to my head for a few of those holes and I got on the bogey train.”
Bartholomew had a good start to her second round with a birdie and then an eagle on the 18th green, but during her back nine she racked up four bogeys and one double-bogey to leave the margin small for error.
The course did play longer Tuesday, and as the players head into Wednesday’s play Bartholomew hopes that she got all of the jitters and bogeys out of her.
“I am going to go work on my game for a little now,” Bartholomew said. “But I am just hoping I got all of this weird playing out of me so I can come play tomorrow relaxed and enjoy myself.”
Bartholomew is followed closely by Ashley Grier and Karen Paolozzi, who both shot a 73 in the first round. Grier and Paolozzi made their way up the leaderboard after shooting a solid 2-under during Tuesday’s round to head into the clubhouse just two shots off the leader.
“I played pretty well,” Paolozzi said. “I didn’t hit the ball very well but I made some putts. Still left a few out there...I missed a four footer on 17 and three putted for par on 18, which was frustrating, but I know I can get them.”
Heading into Wednesday’s final round it looks like it will be a battlefield to crown the 2014 Champion. If Bartholomew can keep her play steady tomorrow she should be able to stay one of the top finishers on the leaderboard, but with competitors like Grier and Paolozzi on her heels she is going to have a tough battle out there. There will be excitement tomorrow as the players see who can drop more putts to be named the next winner, as well as one of the top eight players who will qualify to play in the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
SENIORS SHAKE IT UP
It was an exciting day for the Senior division as the leaderboard had a few changes and is now led by a new name: Carolyn Hill. Dede Cusimano and Jan Kleiman are tied for second at three under par.
“My ball striking wasn’t as good today,” Hill said. “But I made a lot of good pars and easy birdies. Overall I’m happy with the day. The course is starting to dry out a little so everything is releasing a little more and on a number of these holes, you really need to pay attention to what club you are hitting off the tee.”
Kleiman went from a 65 Monday to shooting a 76 for her second round. With the course drying out, putts were becoming more rare as the afternoon went on.
“I thought the pins were harder,” Kleiman said. “I just didn’t make the putts. Yesterday, I made everything.”
Hill heads into the final round Wednesday holding a two shot lead over Cusimano and Kleiman, but coming from behind in tournament is something that Cusimano has become accustom to.
“I’m going to go low tomorrow,” Cusimano said. “I’m fired up! I made a few mistakes today, gave away some shots but I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I always come from behind.” “
The winner after Wednesday’s round will be named Champion of the 2014 Senior division and will go on to earn an exemption into the Legends Tour Championship, an honor players don’t take lightly.
“It is a tremendous bonus and such a great honor,” Hill said. “We have some great players out here and that is such a great reward.”
Competitor Dede Cusimano has additional motivation come Wednesday as if she wins, she could become one of the most decorative LPGA T&CP members.
“That was my goal coming in here this week,” Cusimano said. “It gets tougher every year. I’m going to really going to grind it out tomorrow because I’m a competitor.”
FASOLDT HOLDS ON
First round leader of the Challenge division, Susan Fasoldt came out strong once again shooting an identical school as Monday at 73. Fasoldt holds on to the lead heading into the final round even though it wasn’t a breeze to keep her cool Tuesday.
“I was really nervous,” Fasoldt said. “I usually calm down quicker than that. I hit the ball great today, but didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to.”
Fasoldt is excited to be in contention heading into play Wednesday and just wants to focus on playing steady and having fun.
“I’m going to try and have fun tomorrow,” Fasoldt said. “I haven’t been in this position in a very long time and I just want to enjoy it.”
ACE IN THE HOLE!
Ashley Gersten had a hole-in-one during her second round Tuesday on the twelth hole. Gersten used her 6 iron to ace the hole going 150 yards. Gersten makes the cut heading into the final round, and sits at T19 after shooting a 76 Tuesday.
SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE
The eighteenth hole provided a few low scores for the Championship division. Laurie Rinker eagled the 18th both Monday and Tuesday, along with Jean Bartholomew and Emily Berryman shooting eagles on the 18th Tuesday.
FINAL ROUND TEE TIMES:
-Tees offs at 7:30a.m ET
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