It wasn’t the smoothest of mornings for Angela Stanford on Thursday ahead of an 8:21 a.m. PT grouping in the second round of the HUGEL-Air Premia LA Open.
“Playing late and then early, the older I get, the harder a quick turnaround is. But it worked out,” the seven-time LPGA Tour champion said.
That’s the bad news. The good news is Stanford still managed to find six birdies for a 5-under par 66 at Wilshire Country Club. At the halfway point in Los Angeles, Stanford is -8 overall and trails the lead by five strokes.
Despite the solid performance, Stanford is hungry for more.
“I think it’s the ones that I didn’t make that are on my mind,” said Stanford, who hit all 14 fairways and 17 greens in regulation. “I missed a short one on 15 [for birdie] that kind of made me mad, missed one on 17 that kind of made me mad. That hole is tough. I finally put a good shot in there and I missed the putt. I’m thinking about the things I probably need to do better. I think we had more opportunities this morning because the wind wasn’t blowing.”
While Stanford noticed the shortcomings in her play, she still garnered the attention of LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Judy Rankin.
“She’s still got game. In some ways, I think she is more of a together golfer than when she was younger,” Rankin said during the second-round broadcast on Golf Channel.