by Jack Persons, AmateurGolf.com
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (July 16, 2014) -- Alison Lee still holds her lead after two days at the North & South Women’s Amateur, but she has some company at the top.
Lauren Kim and Casey Danielson moved up the leaderboard and into a tie for the lead with Lee on Wednesday at Pinehurst No. 8.
Stanford’s Danielson fired a three-under 68, the low round of the day, for a two-day total of two-under 140. Her round consisted of three birdies and 15 pars, no small feat at the long and demanding No. 8 course.
“I was very consistent,” said Danielson in an interview after her round. “I’m hitting the ball really well. I’m striking it a lot better than I have been.”
Kim, also a player at Stanford, was not as consistent as her teammate on Wednesday. She started by making double on her first hole, then birdied the 15th, her sixth hole of the day, to get back to one-over.
After making the turn, she had a six-hole stretch that included four birdies and two bogeys. She parred the last three to post a second straight one-under 70.
Lee, of UCLA, had the outright lead for a stretch, but could not finish strong enough to hold off the Stanford duo.
She made nine pars to start her round before getting to four-under for the tournament with birdies on the 10th and 14th holes. She cancelled out the birdies with bogeys on 16 and 17, and ended with an even-par 71 on the day.
Defending champion Ally McDonald is currently tied for eighth after a second consecutive one-over 72.
The top 16 players will continue on to match play after Thursday’s third round. There are 17 players at five-over 147 or better.
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--photo courtesy of Pinehurst
ABOUT THE North & South Women's Amateur
The Women's North & South has drawn the top
amateur women from around the country. Three
rounds of stroke play followed by four rounds of
match play will determine the Champion.
The 96 player field will be cut to a 16 player
match play field and medalist honors. All stroke
match play rounds will be contested on Pinehurst
No. 2. The top 16 players who qualify for match
play will play two rounds a day until our
Nine of the last 12 North & South Women’s
Amateur champions have drawn paychecks as
members of the LPGA Tour. The equation is near
perfect. Win the North & South Am, go on to
professional success at the highest level.
North & South champions are among the legends
of the game: Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs,
Kirk Bell, Hollis Stacey, Brandie Burton, Brittany
Lang, Morgan Pressel and Yani Tseng.
Along with the Women's North & South,
Resort & Country Club annually plays host to the
Men's North & South, the Junior North & South,
and Senior Men's and Senior Women's North &
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