Stacy Prammanasudh, who started the day one shot back of the lead, fired a 5-under 67 and finished with a two-day total of 7-under-par 137, a new 36-hole tournament record at the Bank of Ann Arbor Futures Golf Classic. Koreas Soo Young Moon and Erica Wicoff of Hartford City, Ind., posted dual 70s to finish at 140 (-4).
'These are ideal scoring conditions for any golfer,' said 23-year-old Oklahoman. 'I must admit coming from Oklahoma, I would prefer a hair more wind. I grew up in the wind and I like it.'
Wind or no wind Prammanasudh came out firing at the pins on the 6,200-yard Lake Forest Golf Club. She started fast by making two birdies on the first three holes. She staked her sand wedge to five inches on No. 1 and hit her 9-iron to four feet on the third hole. The former University of Tulsa All-American made pars until No. 10 where once again knocked the ball to a foot. At that point she was at 5-under for the tournament.
'I hit my irons well today,' said the LPGA non-exempt player, who has decided to finish playing the Futures Tour season before attempting to play in anymore LPGA events. 'I hit 17 greens and the one green I missed, I missed it by very little. I am extremely pleased with my bogey-free round.'
However, it wasnt until Prammanasudh made birdie on the 14th hole from three feet that she took the outright lead. She followed that with another birdie from 20 feet, her longest birdie putt of the day, to pull away from the pack. One pack member, Wicoff, tried to get closer to Prammanasudh, but just couldnt get the putts to drop.
'I hit the ball really well today and I was pleased with my putting,' said the former University of Indiana player, who hit 16 greens and had three birdies and one bogey. 'In order to catch Stacy tomorrow, I am going to need a good nights rest, make a few more putts early and just play a solid round. I am running out of holes so I need to get going fast tomorrow.'
Tied with Wicoff is Moon, who took the early second-round lead. It wasnt until the 14th hole, where Moon bogeyed and Prammanasudh made birdie that the lead changed. Moon finished with one more birdie and another bogey to tie with Wicoff at four-under. And the three people who started the day tied with Prammanasudh would have finished three shots back of the lead if it wasnt for a lost ball on the 18th hole which lead to a double bogey for Koreas Seol-An Jeon. She is at 141 (-3). First-round leader Krista Bartlett of Porterville, Calif., shot a 4-over 76 to finish at 145 (+1) and in a tie for 19th.
With ideal conditions forecasted again for tomorrow, no lead is enough.
'With conditions like today there are a lot of birdies to be made,' said Prammanasudh, who is ranked No.2 on the Futures Tour Money List. 'However, there are a couple of holes on this course that can sneak up on you. I am just going to go out there and play. I am looking at the end of the season, and all I have to do is just keep playing well each week.'
Courtney Swaim of Duluth, Ga., scored the seasons eighth hole-in-one today. She used a pitching wedge to ace the downwind 135-yard eighth hole. Her first competitive hole-in-one was worth $500 in the Donald T. Ostop Weekly Hole-In-One Challenge. The Futures Tour is on pace to break its record of 11 season aces, set in 2000.
Seventy-one players made the 36-hole tournament cut at 151 (+7).