It was a battling performance from both Ireland’s competitors at the Drive On Championship at Reynolds Lake with Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire having work to do to make the cut following opening rounds of +2.
Meadow will have been delighted with her day and she finished the better of the two after a second round of two-under par (70) which included four birdies and two bogeys on the front nine and a level par back nine to sit at even par for the tournament and in T45 position.
Leona Maguire had to fight a little harder after she stumbled to a front nine of 39 strokes (+3) which left her at +5 for the tournament, well outside the projected cut mark. Another bogey on 10 followed and it looked like that was curtains for the Cavan native but she finished with four birdies in her closing eight holes to record a level par round on the day, finish +2 overall and make the cut which fell at +3.
At the head of proceedings rookie Bianca Pagdanganan continued to impress with a five-under round of 67 and she is now tied with Race to CME Globe Season leader Danielle Kang in second place just one shot off the lead held by America’s Ally McDonald who added a 68 to her opening 66 and sits on -10 for the tournament.
22 year-old Pagdanganan said, “I feel really relaxed out there. I’m really enjoying this whole environment, and with the course being by the lake it’s really beautiful. I mean, I just take everything shot by shot. I missed a green, but my mindset was just like, You know you can still save par. I guess it was more just having the positive mindset throughout the round and knowing I can bounce back from not-so-great-shots.”
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