Leona Maguire’s form shows no signs of abating and she is just outside the top-10 at the latest installment of the Symetra Tour season, the Zimmer Biomet Championship.
Maguire recorded five birdies and three bogeys in her 2-under par round to sit in T11 position and she is just six shots off the pace being set by Spain’s Nuria Iturrios who leads the field after round one for the second week running. (The 23-year-old Spaniard also held a one-stroke advantage going into the second round only at 6-under par.)
Iturrios ended last week’s event tied for 27th with Maguire going on to win her second professional event and take a commanding lead in the Volvik Race for the card but the Spaniard’s confidence remains high and she is eager to put together a complete tournament.
“The thing is I’m playing good, hitting good shots and the putter was so good,” said Iturrios, who recorded just 24 putts in her 8-under par round. “I made almost everything and am happy to be here. I like the course and I’m in a good time. I’m playing hole-by-hole, shot-by-shot and my caddy is doing a really good job. Let’s keep going on that because I just want to play well and go to the LPGA.”
A recent University of Georgia graduate, Bailey Tardy (Norcross, Georgia) recorded a career-best round with bogey-free, 7-under par 65 to sit only one shot back of Iturrios following 18 holes on the Lake Course at Grand National on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Tardy walked at UGA commencement on May 10 and throughout her final semester, juggled the start to her rookie season on the Symetra Tour and taking classes in Athens. Now with only one thing on her mind, she is playing free and easy.
“I’ve been struggling a little bit on the golf course and to be able to not only play well, but do so at a big tournament, it means a lot,” Tardy said. “Now that I’m done with school I can focus on golf, go home and relax instead of trying to catch up on schoolwork, or take quizzes online. It’s nice to clear my head.”
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