LONDON, Ont. (Golf Canada) – So Yeon Ryu of South Korea shot a 6-under 66 Friday in another bogey-free round to take a commanding five-stroke lead at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.
Ryu set a course record with a 63 on Thursday and continued her sizzling play during Friday’s second round. Her 36-hole 129 (-15) tally is a new Canadian Women’s Open record. Cristie Kerr and Inbee Park held the previous 132 record set in 2013 at Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Alta.
“After I shot 9-under, 6-under is not that great, but still it’s a really great score, said the 24-year-old Ryu. “I had a bogey-free round two days in a row, so I feel really great about that. I do love Canadian fans so much. I’m really happy I was able to show (them) really great golf.”
American Danielle Kang, Swede Anna Nordqvist and Na Yeon Choi of South Korea are tied for second at 10-under 134.
Canada’s Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont. continues to lead the way for the Canadian contingent after posting an even-par 72 Friday at London Hunt and Country Club to hold a share of 24th position. The Team Canada Young Pro Squad member will be joined on the weekend at London Hunt by Team Canada national amateur team members Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. and Jennifer Ha of Calgary who sit at 3-under 141 through 36 holes. Also advancing to weekend play is Team Canada Young Pro Sue Kim of Langley, who shot 71-72 (-1) to squeak by the cut line.
Following Friday’s round the 36-hole cut was made with 87 players shooting 1-under or better to advance to weekend action.
The shot of the day came from Jessica Korda who recorded her first-ever LPGA Tour hole-in-one on Friday. The 21-year-old aced the 147-yard par-3 8th hole with an 8-iron.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SECOND-ROUND CANADIAN SCORES FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 22nd, 2014:
T24 – Jennifer Kirby, 67-72—139, -5
T41 – Brooke Henderson (a), 70-71—141, -3
T41 – Jennifer Ha (a), 72-69—141, -3
T70 – Sue Kim, 71-72—143, -1
— MISSED CUT —
MC – Rebecca Lee-Bentham, 70-74—144, E
MC – Elizabeth Tong (a), 70-74—144, E
MC – Sara-Maude Juneau, 70-74—144, E
MC – Natalie Gleadall, 75-69—144, E
MC – Alena Sharp, 72-73—145, +1
MC – Lorie Kane, 73-72—145, +1
MC – Jessica Wallace, 75-70—145, +1
MC – Maude-Aimee Leblanc, 73-73—146, +2
MC – Samantha Richdale, 74-73—147, +3
MC – Erica Rivard, 73-75—148, +4
MC – Nicole Vandermade, 74-75—149, +5
CP BIRDIES FOR HEART – 46 BIRDIES AND $230,000 RAISED THROUGH TWO ROUNDS:
Title sponsor CP has stepped up to encourage players to make birdies on the 17th hole during tournament play by offering to donate $5,000 for each birdie made to the Children’s Health Foundation in support of paediatric heart health programs.
During Friday’s second round, 21 more birdies by LPGA Tour players raised the total birdie count to 46 through 36 holes, good for $230,000 thus far for charity. CP Birdies for Heart is one of the fundraising activities taking place at CP Women’s Open, with all proceeds going to Children’s Health Foundation to support cardiac research and care of children with congenital heart disease from London and across Southwestern Ontario.