Se Ri Pak followed up her Thursday 63 with a Friday 68 (-11 overall) to open up a five shot lead at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Rookie Jin Young Pak is second at -6 with Carri Wood and Meg Mallon tied for third at -5. Jimin Kang and Morgan Pressel are tied for fifth at -4.
Once again Se Ri only bogeyed one hole - #15 – but today “only” birdied four times. Jin Young didn’t bogey until her next-to-last hole enroute to her 69. Mallon had the low round of the day with a bogeyless 65. In eight prior starts this season, Meg has missed five cuts and only had one Top 20 finish. Wood is a veteran player who has yet to register a Top 10 finish in her 11 full seasons (153 career starts). Alena Sharp (-3) fell from second place to a tie for seventh after shooting a 74. Defending champ Mi Hyun Kim (-1) stumbled down the stretch to post 73.
I had neglected to mention earlier that the first two rounds of this event served as a qualifying tournament for players not already in the British Open field. Unfortunately, Jin Young Pak did not register to play in the Open so her outstanding performance won’t put her in the field. Carri Wood will definitely make it, and when I have the complete list of players I will pass it on. UPDATE: After cross-referencing the "exempt" and "entries received" pages at the Ladies Golf Union site (the org that runs the Women's British Open), the players who are in are Carri Wood (-5), Ji-Young Oh and Marcy Hart(both -3). Five un-exempt players are tied at -2 but one of them is Sherri Turner, who like JY Pak didn't enter. The other four are Mikaela Parmlid, Jill McGill, Jane Park and Kim Hall. I don't know what the tiebreaker is. UPDATE #2: According to an article in this morning's Toledo paper, the four-way tie will be broken by Saturday's scores. I presume if there is still a tie, Sunday's scores will be used.
The cut came at +2 and claimed Paula Creamer, Pat Hurst and Meena Lee. Natalie Gulbis and Julieta Granada were among the lucky ones to sneak into the weekend.