Both Stephanie Meadow and Lauren Walsh fell victim to the 36-hole cut at the LPGA Tour’s Dana Open in Ohio, as Allisen Corpuz’ continues to impress in the wake of her win at Pebble Beach.
Meadow, making her first start since coming close to capturing her first LPGA Tour win and maiden major title at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in late June, began the day at +2 after carding a 73 in round one. Starting on the back nine, she reeled off five pars to begin the round, but caught fire and birdied each of the next four to make the turn at -2 for the tournament and -4 for the day.
Unfortunately, she couldn’t maintain the momentum on the front side and dropped shots at three and seven – the latter a bogey-six on a par-5 – saw her reach the clubhouse at level par, agonisingly finishing one shot short of making the cut.
Walsh, making her LPGA Tour debut having recently graduated from Wake Forest University, also began round two at +2. A birdie and a bogey on each of the nines would see her turn in a level-par performance for the round, but at +2 for the tournament, she’d miss the cut by three.
With her sister Clodagh carrying the bag on her professional debut, she has good support to help nurse the disappointment but can take heart in the knowledge that she wasn’t far away and LPGA Q-School Stage One next month at Mission Hills Golf Club will be her main priority.
U.S. Women’s Open champion Allisen Corpuz backed up her opening 67 by going one better in round two and her 66 sees her on -9 at the halfway point and tied for second alongside Sweden’s Linn Grant and Jaravee Boonchant of Thailand.
But American Annie Park is the one they all have to catch at -11. Firing a best of the day eight-under 63 in round two, Park takes a two-stroke lead into the weekend as she looks to add a second LPGA Tour title to her resume having previously emerged victorious at the LPGA ShopRite Classic in 2018.