Olivia Mehaffey followed up her scintillating eight-under opening effort with a one-under 71 at the LET’s Amundi German Masters and she’ll head into the weekend tied for third and just two strokes back.
The Tandragree woman was clearly in the groove in round one as she’d make 10 birdies around Golf and Country Club Seddiner See in the Berlin suburbs, and she’d come racing from the traps in the early stages of round two with birdies at her first and second holes, before a bogey at the third halted the early momentum.
Another bogey on the par-4 eighth brought her back to level for the day and she’d follow with another at 10 to move the wrong side of par for the round and back to -7. A birdie-two at the next was the ideal response, and she’d take care of both par-5s on the back nine to move back to -10 again, before signing off with a bogey-five at the last to post -9 and take the clubhouse lead.
She wouldn’t remain there for long with the Czech Republic’s Kristyna Napoleaova coming in at -10, and Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson going one better.
Mehaffey will play alongside England’s Cara Gainer in the penultimate group with just Gustavsson and Napoleaova behind.
“It’s always tough when you shoot a really low score and your expectations go up a little bit and you have to manage that,” Mehaffey said afterwards. “I felt like it was tougher out there today, it was really windy and gusty as well.
“It was a bit more of a challenge and battle. Rounds like yesterday don’t happen that often when everything goes your way so you have to handle getting a bad lie in the bunker and things not going well all the time, but I think I did that well today.
“I have been putting well the last couple of days, I like the greens – they are fast and have quite a lot of break, which I like. It was solid, I missed a few more greens today and had a few looser shots and managed to make a few good pars which kept the momentum going.”