It was moving day but there weren’t too many low scoring rounds at the Island Resort Championship on the Symetra Tour. Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow ground out a one under par round though and sits in T23 place on three under par.
Meadow, who is in 4th place on the Volvik Race for the Card has shown some excellent consistency this season after her return from injury and while she had three bogeys on her card, including one at the 18th, she bounced back mid-round with birdies at 8, 10, 11 and 16.
Leona Maguire unfortunately missed her first cut as a professional as the axe dropped at one under par. She struggled to come back from her opening round 76 but managed to shoot level par on a tough scoring day. It wasn’t enough though and it left her on four over par and in T103 position on the leaderboard, with the top 61 players making the cut.
Ssu-Chia Cheng (Taipei, Chinese Taipei) recorded the best second round score of 6-under par 66 to claim the 36-hole outright lead at 9-under overall and said, “I think my second shot was really good, and then my putting. Driving was good, I hit basically every fairway. Everything was great today.”
So great in fact that Cheng signed a bogey-free scorecard to complete the round of the day as she looks to continue the strong play in tomorrow’s final pairing.
“I feel excited, it has been a long time for me to play in the last couple groups on Sunday,” said Cheng, who also turned in her season-best score with the performance. “For this golf course, I don’t think it’s long, but for second shot it’s super important. If you’re on the wrong side of the green, you have no chance to putt. That will be key for tomorrow too, just hitting on the right side of the green, stay patient.”
Cheng will be joined by 18-hole leader Esther Lee (Los Alamitos, California) in the last group as she battled to a 1-under par score which included five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey and heads into the final day at 8-under par overall, one shot back of Cheng.
“I thought a lot of the pins today were either tucked behind bunkers, or close to the fringe with not a lot of room to work with,” said Lee. “The wind did pick up a little bit and I thought that the course was still playable, it was just my approach shots were not that consistent so I struggled with that.”