Lewis Ties Course Record, Takes Commanding Lead at Seaview
Stacy Lewis takes a commanding lead after the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
At six under par, both Stacy Lewis and Mika Miyazato were tied for the lead heading into Saturday's second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway. Both had afternoon tee times on Saturday, only 20 minutes apart. Both were looking to take a lead and separate from the pack.
But on Saturday, it was Lewis that shined, while Miyazato stumbled. Despite a double bogey on the sixth hole, Lewis went on to tie the course record for the best 36-hole score in history with a total of 130, 65 in both rounds, dropping to -12 in the tournament.
After the first round on Friday, Lewis said that she had not previously played well at Seaview.
"I know I came in here last year and wasn't trusting my golf swing," she said in a published interview provided by the ShopRite LPGA Classic. "And so first you're not trusting where you're lined up, and then you're not trusting where the ball is going to go and that's usually not a good combination. So I think just knowing that I'm playing well has helped the golf course fit me a little more."
Miyazato, however, who started at -6 with Lewis on Saturday, found herself headed in the opposite direction: She followed a birdie on the 10th with a bogey on the 11th, and then again followed a birdie on the 14th with a bogey on the 15th.
On the 1st and 2nd came two more bogeys, as well as the 6th, dropping her to -3. Miyazato, tied for first on Saturday morning, found herself tied for seventh Saturday evening as she headed to the clubhouse.
While Lewis charged into a commanding lead, many others played well during the second round: Anna Nordqvist shot -4 for the day, bringing her to a second place finish of -6 after two rounds.
Four golfers found themselves tied in third: Katherine Hull, So Yeon Ryu, Azahara Munoz and Paula Creamer at -5.
Jennifer Johnson finished with the best round of golf on Saturday, scoring 63 and going -8 for the day, but with a 77-stroke first round, Johnson's excellent day brought her only into a tie for 16th place.
"I definitely got a little excited after I made four birdies in a row," said Johnson, according to a press release from the ShopRite LPGA Classic. "But yeah, you just gotta stay focused on one shot, and I thought I did that pretty good today."
Going into the final round on Sunday, Lewis needs only to preserve her six stroke lead to secure the win.
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