Stephanie Meadow turned in a stellar performance in the second round of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup and now finds herself inside the top 35 heading to the weekend.
Following her level par opening round, which had her in T68 position and teetering on the possible cut line, Meadow produced an outstanding display of golf with six birdies and just the one dropped shot in her five-under par haul which saw her safely through to the weekend at the Wildfire Country Club in Phoenix in T34 position.
Meadow opened with four straight pars, followed by birdies on the 5th and the 7th and she turned in two under before adding two more birdies at the 10th and 12th. A 14th hole bogey was immediately reversed at the 15th and a fine birdie on her final hole of the day saw her card a brilliant 67, before heading to the group of LPGA founders at the back of the 18th green for a chat, as is the custom at the Founders Cup as the event is a tribute to the founders of the LPGA.
At the head of proceedings China’s Yu Liu carded ten birdies and two bogeys in her eight-under par haul and she sits atop the leaderboard alongside South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park who started her back nine with four straight birdies in her round of six-under par, with both players on 12-under for the tournament, two shots clear of the chasing pack.
Liu’s 64 equalled the low round of the tournament so far which was set on Thursday by her former teammate at Duke University, Celine Boutier, while Park, who is the top-ranked ladies player int he world shot 66 for the second day in succession.
“Just everything kind of clicked all together. I don’t expect this to happen every day but when a day like this comes, I just am glad I was able to take advantage of it,” said Liu after her round.