Women's Trans: Trio of collegians top crowded leaderboard
Katrina Prendergast (Colorado State Athletics photo)
MARYSVILLE, CA (July 11, 2018) – After two rounds at the Women’s Trans National Amateur, the leaderboard is growing tighter. A trio of players share the lead at 5 under and nine more are at even par or better.
The round of the day belonged to Rino Sasaki at Peach Tree Golf & Country Club. Sasaki, who plays college golf for the University of Washington, put together a bogey-free round of 4-under 68 that included a birdie on the final hole. It helped bump her to a share of the lead.
And it merited some ice cream – it’s how Sasaki chose to cool off and celebrate.
Sasaki joins SMU’s Kennedy Pedigo and Colorado State’s Katrina Prendergast at 5 under. Pedigo and Prendergast posted second-round scores of 70 and 69, respectively. Prendergast falls into the category of USGA champion these days after pairing with fellow Colorado State player Ellen Secor to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball in May.
First-round leader Kathleen Scavo, who is near her home of Benicia, Calif., this week, rebounded from a first-round 68 with 72 on Wednesday. She had four more bogeys in her second round, but also ended the day with a birdie at No. 18.
UCLA’s Clare Amelia Legaspi and incoming Cal freshman Katherine Zhu share fifth at 3 under. Abegail Arevalo, of the Phillipines, might have made the most promising move into contention on Wednesday. Arevalo was 3 under through her opening five holes but cooled after that. She added one more birdie and one bogey to post a 69 that moved her to solo ninth at 1 under.
ABOUT THE LNGA Amateur
The inaugural event, held in 1927 at Blue Hills
Country Club in Kansas City, Mo. set off decades
of successful tournament across the United
States, conducted by an organization then
named the Missouri Valley Women's Golf
Association. A year later, the name became the
Women's Trans-Mississippi Golf Association,
evolving into the Women's Trans National Golf
Association by 1953 to include all states before
changing to the Ladies National
Golf Association in 2019. This
72-hole stroke play event spans the nation and
has been hosted at some of the country finest
including Persimmon Ridge in Kentucky,
Stonewall Links in Pennsylvania, and Eugene
Country Club in Oregon.
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