Stephanie Meadow couldn’t quite replicate her superb opening round of 68 at the Guardian Championship in Alabama and she carded a 2 under par second round of 70 to stay inside the Top 20.
Stephanie Meadow / Image from Symetra Tour
Meadow, who has here eyes firmly set on the Volvik Race for the Card is close to securing her LPGA card for next season as she currently sits in second place in the OoM with only two events left after this week. Her opening 68 had her inside the Top 10 on the Senator Course at Capitol Hill of the Robert Trent Jones (RTJ) Golf Trail, but she had an up and down second round with 6 birdies and four bogeys and she slipped down the leaderboard to T15 on 6 under par, six shots off the leading pace set by Anne-Catherine Tanguay.
Leona Maguire had struggled in her opening round of 74 and found herself with plenty to do to make the cut. Her second round, a two under par 70, got her back to level par overall for the tournament and she is now sitting right on the projected cut line which will be confirmed once the final two groups that did not complete the second round because of unplayable conditions after heavy rains finish their rounds today and the cut will be made to the low 60 players and ties.
A rookie on the LPGA Tour this season and 2017 Symetra Tour graduate, Anne-Catherine Tanguay (Quebec City, Canada) takes a one-stroke lead into the final round over Nontaya Srisawang (Chiang Mai, Thailand).
“It feels really good and has been awhile since I have been out on the Symetra Tour as well,” said Tanguay, who set her career 36-hole scoring mark with the performance so far. “I’m really happy to see my name at the top of the leaderboard. I played really solid today, gave myself a lot of chances and stayed pretty patient. It’s definitely a good feeling.”
Competing on the official qualifying tour of the LPGA once again last week and this week, Tanguay is simply keeping herself in competition to get ready for Q-Series from Oct. 22 through Nov. 3 at Pinehurst Resort.
Already a champion on the Symetra Tour at the 2017 Garden City Charity Classic, her second career professional win would be icing on the cake as she prepares for the LPGA Qualifying Tournament.
“These events are so great and the field is deep, so I thought it couldn’t be more perfect to test myself and play amazing courses,” Tanguay said. “It is very familiar for me to come out and play on this Tour. I’m happy because my game is where I want it to be heading into Q-Series, so I think I will keep working in that direction for the next few weeks.”
Furthermore, having been in the position of many individuals when it comes to the Volvik Race for the Card, Tanguay has one piece of advice.
“The pressure is huge and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves,” said Tanguay. “We think if you finish 11th and miss your card, then it’s kind of the end of the world to us. You have to put it in perspective. For me, it was extremely difficult and I understand what they are going through. Your goal is to be out there, but you’re not there yet so really have to see the big picture and really embrace the pressure.”