Legendary LPGA Tour player Cristie Kerr was delighted with how she and playing partner Stephanie Meadow dovetailed on Thursday as the pair fired an eight-under par 62 to move into a share of seventh and just five back of the lead at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.
The pair combined effortlessly to move to nine-under par for the tournament as Thai sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn shot an 11-under 59 in best-ball play to take a two-stroke lead into Friday.
“We really ham and egg’d it well today,” said Kerr, a 20-time winner on the LPGA including two Major titles. “One of us was always in the hole putting for birdie. Steph got off to a hot start and i reciprocated. And then it went on from there.”
Asked how the partnership came to pass, the 43-year old revealed that Jordanstown professional Meadow is one of her best friends in Arizona.
“We have been best friends in Scottsdale for a few years now, practicing and hanging out together,” she said. Her fiance, Kyle, caddied for me for a short period of time also.”
As for the plan for Friday, no surprise that the order of the day will be more of the same.
“Our game plan tomorrow is to play solid. Keep the ball in play and get our birdie looks where we can,” she said. “Hopefully we will catch the momentum!”
Meadow is Ireland’s lone competitor this week after her playing partner Patty Tavatanakit was forced to withdraw on the eve of the tournament.
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