“It’s been so beautiful. I mean, blue skies every day. Hoping it stays like this through the weekend.”
Allisen Corpuz is right in the thick of things at the ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by AVIV Clinicis. After starting the day at just -1 overall and in a tie for 30th with 17 other players, Corpuz leapfrogged up the leaderboard to make one of the biggest moves of the day to solo eighth at -7 thanks to a second-round 67. It was a dream start for the LPGA Tour rookie, who went birdie-birdie-eagle in her first three holes, followed by three more birdies on Nos. 7, 9 and 10 to get to her lowest point of the day, -8. She stumbled halfway through her back nine with bogeys on 14 and 15, but notched two more birdies in her closing three holes to head into the weekend just four strokes off the lead.
“Everything just went really well today. Been kind of struggling with the putter and it felt like I just made a lot of putts today. Just been hitting the ball really solid. And I think this course is a little more gettable on the par-5s,” said Corpuz, who played Galgorm’s six par-5s at -6 on Friday. “I was able to take advantage of that today.”
This is the 24-year-old’s fifth event in a row. She’s made one cut in that time span, finishing in a tie for 56th at the Trust Golf Women’s Open for her ninth made cut of her debut year on Tour. Her 67 on day two in Northern Ireland becomes her second-lowest score this season, two off her career best, 65, from the Meijer LPGA Classic’s final round. With 36 holes to go, Corpuz is looking to build off her solid second round into a potential career-best finish.
“I think I really just want to put one more good week up,” said Corpuz. “Maybe not feeling as fresh as I did at the beginning, but still feel pretty good.”