Davies Takes One-Shot Lead Over Sorenstam In T&CP Championship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Sept. 14, 2010 – Former LPGA Tour player Karen Davies of Carefree, Ariz., carded a one-under score of 71 today to take a one-stroke lead over Charlotta Sorenstam in the second round of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) National Championship.
Davies hit 13 greens in regulation and needed 29 putts today on the tricky greens at The Golf Club at Ballantyne. With three birdies and two bogeys, her 36-hole total of even-par 144 gives her a slight edge over Sorenstam, who carded a one-over 73 today to drop into second at 145 (+1).
“I stayed in there and got up and down when I needed to,” said Davies, who is in her 10th year as director of instruction at Pinnacle Peak Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., following 12 years on the LPGA Tour. “At least I can say I was steady.”
Davies said the key for her round today was keeping the ball in the fairways and paying close attention to where approach shots should land on the course’s slick and sloped greens.
“If you’ve done your homework, you know where the ridges are on the greens and you know where you need to hit the ball,” said Davies.
A bomber off the tee, Sorenstam said her tee shots were solid in today’s round, as she effectively positioned herself in Ballantyne’s rolling fairways. But what left the Swede disappointed was her inability to get her shots close enough for more birdie chances.
“I need to hit better shots to get me in play,” said Sorenstam, a former LPGA tournament winner and now, the director of golf operations at the ANNIKA Academy in Orlando, Fla. “I had a couple of tentative swings today, but overall, I played smart.”
Sorenstam had an eagle chance from the fringe on No. 8, and settled for birdie from less than a foot, but she was able to roll in an eagle-3 on the par-5 17th hole when she struck her hybrid-3 club 197 yards into a greenside bunker, and then holed out her bunker shot from 40 feet.
After sharing the first-round lead, Tina Lindsey of Bloomington, Ill., slipped into third place at 148 after today’s round of 4-over 76. Like Sorenstam, Lindsey hammered her drives off the tee, but struggled hitting and holding greens in today’s round. She hit only six greens in regulation.
“It’s disappointing because I know I could have scored better and my irons let me down,” said Lindsey, a pro at The Links at Ireland Grove Golf Academy in Bloomington. “And if I can just keep the putter going, I can salvage something. Today, I probably left five birdie putts out there that were inside eight feet.”
But just as it was in Monday’s opening round, players largely struggled on the fast and undulating Bermuda greens. Weak putts, too-firm putts and putts rolling on a bad line far too often resulted in balls speeding off the greens and big numbers finding ways onto scorecards.
Peggy Kirsch, who moved into the lead of the seniors division (for pros age 50-over) with a two-day total of 5-over 149, carded an even-par 72 in today’s second round while three-putting twice for bogey. She finished the day with three bogeys and three birdies, making a six-foot birdie on the 18th hole after taking double-bogey on the same final hole in Monday’s opening round.
The difference today for Kirsch was that she was more comfortable with the green speed after putting tentatively on Monday.
“When I relaxed a little bit, I made some putts,” she said.
One shot off the lead in the seniors division is former University of North Carolina women’s golf coach Sally Austin (72) of Chapel Hill, N.C., at 150, followed by defending senior division champion Dede Cusimano (76) of Basalt, Colo., and Bobbi Salmon (75) of Tryon, N.C., tied for third at 151.
A total of 47 players made the 36-hole cut at 163 (+19) in the championship division, while 26 players made the cut at 164 (+20) in the seniors division.
The 2010 championship will produce a winner in the championship and senior division. This week’s stroke-play tournament is being played over 54 holes with the championship division competing from 6,203 yards and the senior division competing from 5,749 yards.
Wednesday’s final round of the LPGA T&CP National Championship will begin at 8 a.m., off the first and tenth tees, with the leaders teeing off at 9:40 a.m.
Weather: Sunny and clear with temperatures rising to the high 80s, with wind between 10-12 mph.
Topics: Sorenstam, Charlotta