CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — University of South Florida junior Ashley Burke joined Clemson freshman Lauren Stephenson at the top at the Dixie Women's Amateur halfway point with a second-round 70. Stephenson, who opened with 67 to share the 18-hole lead with Ashley Holder, posted 71 on day two and alongside Burke, sits a stroke ahead at 6-under 138.
Burke, of Boynton Beach, Fla., had a rough patch in the middle of her second round, bogeying three of four holes between 8 and 11. But she made three birdies during her final seven holes and climbed up the leaderboard into a share of the lead.
Stephenson had a tamer round on Thursday after making seven birdies and two bogeys in round one at Heron Bay Golf Club. Her 1-under par score on day two saw three red numbers and two blemishes, including a bogey on the par-3 17th.
Holder, a University of Central Florida junior, fell back into a tie for fourth place with a 73.
Roos Haarman of the Netherlands sits a stroke back in third place after rounds of 68-71. Tied for fourth place with Holder is Ecuadorian golfer Daniela Darquea, who plays for the University of Miami.
Three players didn't finish their second round, including Maria Fassi of Mexico. Her 68 in round one put her in a four-way tie for third place through 18 holes, but she, along with Vanessa Knecht and Addie Baggarly will have to complete their round at TPC Eagle Trace on Friday morning.
ABOUT THE Dixie Women's Amateur
72-hole stroke invitational women's stroke play
event played at Palm Aire
Country Club. Field consists of former Dixie Amateur
Champions, and women from around the world
invited by the
Tournament Committee. (You may request an
invitation at www.dixieamateur.com
Tournament takes on extra
importance as one of the last major international
events to be played
before the Augusta National Women's Amateur
(ANWA) determines their
ranking-based exemption list. The field limit will be
is cut after 54 holes to
the low 70 players and ties.
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