Saturday, September 29, 2007

Navistar Classic – 2nd Round

Stacy Prammanasudh maintained her three-shot lead through Round Two of the Navistar Classic. Lorena Ochoa is in second place at -10, Lindsay Wright is third at -9 while Virada Nirapathpongporn and Maria Hjorth are tied for fourth at -7.

The good scoring continued on The Senator course Friday as 22 rounds in the 60s were added to the 17 collected on Thursday. The par-5 8th hole has been particularly exploited – 18 eagles have been carded there in two days, 10 of them on Friday. Stacy P got one of those, playing it as her 17th of the day, to jump to -13. Ochoa only parred that hole, but she closed out strong as well with three straight birdies. One of those birdies was at the 17th, which despite being a par-5 is playing as the toughest hole on the course. I don’t recall ever seeing a par-5 earn that distinction.

Big movers on Friday were Kyeong Bae (67 -6 overall), Suzann Pettersen (67 -6) and Nicole Castrale (66 -5). Nancy Scranton and Danielle Downey both failed to continue their Thursday successes – Downey posted 76 to drop back to even par and Scranton’s 79 pushed her over the cut line. Near the end of the day, the cut rose to +2 and allowed 84 players to sneak into the weekend. Fortunate daughters included Morgan Pressel, Kristy McPherson, Yu Ping Lin and Johanna Head. Top 90 bubble players who are heading home - Scranton, Jill McGill, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Soo Young Moon, Erica Blasberg, Jane Park, Katie Futcher and Liselotte Neumann. Laura Diaz, Brittany Lincicome and Ai Miyazato are the cut-list notables.

The Top 90 hopefuls who are still playing – Dina Ammaccapane, Minea Blomqvist, Song-Hee Kim (all even par), Sherri Turner (+1), McPherson, Lin and Head (all +2). None of them are in contention, but all of them could make a big difference in their money list standing by Sunday evening.