Round 2 Recap
August 7, 2021 by Bennett Wineka in Recap with comments
Getting into the open fairways of Sunset Hills for the second round of the Ledgestone Insurance Open saw the Open Women’s field pick-up those birdies that proved elusive at Northwood.
- With another round close to 1000-rated, Paige Pierce shot the hot round on Friday with a 7-under par to push her lead to seven strokes over the field at 11-under par overall. She wasn’t able to get the eagle on the par 5 hole 6, but led the division by coming in under par on 50% of the holes. Per usual, Pierce is pacing the event with her driving — first in strokes gained from tee-to-green, finding Circle 1 in regulation. On Friday, however, her Fierce putter was the difference maker. She’s 24-of-26 from C1X through 36 holes and leads in strokes gained putting at over 6.8 strokes.
- Just a stick behind Pierce’s hot round at 6-under was Missy Gannon, who moved up two spots on the leaderboard to 4-under overall. The Des Moines Challenge champ got her day off with a bang, hitting from 50 feet on hole 1, and only collected one bogey on hole 12, the second hardest hole to par on the course, with a two-putt on the tough green.
- Sarah Hokom also had her only over par score of Friday on hole 12, and her otherwise clean 5-under par moved her up a spot into solo third at 3-under par total. Through 36 holes, Hokom is second to Pierce at finding C1 in regulation at 36% but will need to clean up her putting during round three to fend off a close field.
- Making the biggest jump up the leaderboard on Sunset was Alexis Mandujano with a 5-under round moving her up eight spots into a tie for ninth at 1-over par. She connected on four C2 putts on the round, all for birdie, which was best in the division.