When Lindy Duncan walked off the course at Blythefield Country Club on Thursday, she knew her work was not done. With storms rolling in overnight, the Duke University alumna decided to hit the books and study in preparation for round two.
Needless to say, a 7-under par 65 highlighting the fruits of her labor left Duncan satisfied. She heads into the weekend of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at 11-under overall.
“I looked at the pins [in my green-reading and yardage books] last night, so coming into this morning I knew where I wanted to hit it,” said Duncan. “With the weather delay of two hours, I went back to sleep a little bit more because my tee time was supposed to be at 7:26 [a.m. ET]. That’s pretty early.”
Her second-round 65 matches her second-lowest score for 18 holes, which she last recorded at the 2019 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Duncan joined the LPGA Tour in 2014 and is still in search of her first career win. The 2018 LPGA Volvik Championship is where Duncan most recently earned a top-10 finish, ending in a tie for fourth.
Duncan hopes the eight birdies she recorded on Friday will drive her momentum through the weekend, including a big one this afternoon at No. 16.
“It played a little bit longer and it was a little confusing, because yesterday afternoon towards the end it was getting pretty baked. We were all talking about the fairways rolling out like crazy,” said Duncan. “We had different clubs in to different holes. I kind of just tried to take it one hole at a time and just take notes as I went on, tried to pay attention to those little things.
“That was a really cool putt [on No. 16] because it's a really fast downhill putt, but the wind was kind of gusting into us so I was like, ‘Okay, I don't have to be too careful with it.’ It was rolling and I was joking with one of the other caddies after because I said, ‘Go’ and then I said, ‘Sit’ and then I said, ‘Go,’ and it just dropped. The crowd there gave me a really nice cheer, so that felt great.”