Idlewild: Hokom Catches Pierce, Shue For Lead


Round 2 Recap

Sarah Hokom at the 2021 Idlewild Open. Photo: DGPT

Day two out at Idlewild seemed to play just a bit easier than the first round. The weather conditions were manageable with the wind not playing much of a factor. Flashes of glory accompanied by a tragic ending even out the lead card entering Championship Sunday.

  • With a three-way tie for first, Sarah Hokom’s even par second round lands her first on the card. With 16 pars, just one bogey, and one birdie she played a steady day of golf. Her 71% fairway hits gave her good looks inside the circles where she converted on 100% of her C1X looks, 10-for-10. After zero OB throws on the evening, she sits tied with Paige Shue and Paige Pierce at 1-0ver par total. 
  • Shue saw book end birdies to her round with bogeys in the middle. Shue’s drives were spot on with a near ace on hole 17, but her success was seen putting inside C1 with a conversion rate of 89%. Four of her eight C1 conversions were at circle’s edge consisting of 27 footers. Her 2-over par round was rated 963.
  • A spectacular front 9 performance led to a disastrous back 9 finish for Pierce. After three birdies within the front 9, she only caught one the rest of the round. After three bogeys in a stretch of four holes after the turn, Pierce closed her day with a double-bogey on 18 to finish her round. Her 3-over par round had four missed putts inside 10 meters.
  • Missy Gannon had the hot round of the evening with a score of 2-under par. She tallied eight C1X putts in a row on the front 9 and finished the evening with a success rate of 100%. Her highlight reel moment was seen on hole 14 where she threw it in for eagle from 221 feet back on the fairway. This was followed by a bogey and double bogey on holes 16 and 17 to bring her fourth place total to 3-over par. She will enter the final day two back from the lead but still very much in the hunt.
  • Heather Young is tied with Gannon in fourth after posting an under par round of her own. The 1-under par day included two makes from Circle 2. Ohn Scoggins and Rebecca Cox are tied in sixth at 4-over par, three strokes clear of the next group of players.

Statline

Hole five played as the course’s most challenging hole on the day. It plays as a 426-ft. par three that has a river snaking throughout. The touchy landing zone shots resulted in only 3% fairway hits. Hailey King was the only player to birdie where she threw in from 67 feet out.

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