Three players hailing from the United Kingdom sit in the top 10 on the leaderboard at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship after two rounds at The Saticoy Club, and just one week after Charley Hull became the first Englishwoman to win on the LPGA Tour this season. Among the three is Georgia Hall, who shot a four-under 68 on Friday to earn her T10 position on the leaderboard at -5 overall. Last Sunday at the Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America, Hall eagerly waited on the 18th green to give her good friend Hull a champagne shower and was just as nervous about the task as she was about her friend actually pulling off the win.
“We've been great friends since we were like 10 years old, so I made sure that -- I was cutting my flight a little bit like close, but I didn't tell her that,” Hall joked. “It was the first time me like spraying. I was a bit like, oh, I don't want to mess this up for her either. Of course, I'm over the moon for her and she deserves it. She's a fantastic player and really nice person.”
Jodi Ewart Shadoff, who hails from North Yorkshire, leads the field in Somis, Calif at -11 after two rounds, followed by Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow at -6. If Ewart Shadoff wins this week, it will be the first time Englishwomen have won back-to-back events since Hall won the 2020 AmazingCre Portland Classic followed by Mel Reid at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. Though Hall herself is chasing victory at MEDIHEAL, she is proud to see fellow Englishwomen like Ewart Shadoff succeed.
“Yeah, it's fantastic. There is not many of us, maybe like four, five on tour, so when we do well it's great to see. Come from such a small country as well,” she said. “Jodi is playing great as well halfway through and (we’ll) see what happens.”
Sitting six strokes out of the lead, Hall will need to make the most of Moving Day if she hopes to earn her third LPGA Tour victory on Sunday. Luckily the 26-year-old, who hit 13 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens, feels in good form on the challenging course at Saticoy.
“My long game was really steady today. Didn't really miss a shot, especially a tee shot, so made it a lot easier going into the greens,” Hall explained. “I really enjoy the golf course. I think it's really cool, very hilly. It really just tests your game in all aspects. My long game was a little bit off last week. Managed to kind of feel like I kind of sorted it this week. It's been really steady and hitting it where I want, so that's always good news.”