Isabelle Beisiegel of Norman, Okla., who opened with a 1-under-par 70 on Friday, fired a tournament record 7-under-par 64 in todays round to grab a share of the lead at 8-under-par 134 with Lindsey Wright of Albury, Australia. Her 64 on the 6,166-yard Orchard Creek Golf Club was a season-low 18-hole score for the Futures Golf Tour. The 36-hole total of 134 also shattered the previous tournament record of 139, set in 2001 at Western Turnpike Golf Course.
Beisiegel opened her second round on the back nine with three birdies on holes 10 through 12, then birdied the first four holes of her second nine and added her third career hole-in-one on the par-3, 160-yard sixth hole. The Montreal native three-putted from 30 feet for bogey on the eighth hole, but held on to a share of the lead on the par-71 course. At that time, she was tied with Lesley Henderson of Mandeville, La., and Lisa Hall of Stoke-on-Trent, England, all of whom stood at 8-under par. But Henderson finished with a 70 at 136 (-6) for a tie with Kathi Poppmeier of Graz, Austria (67), Michelle Fuller of Jupiter, Fla. (69), and Nadine Ash of Richards Bay, South Africa (71).
Hall finished with a 70 for a tie at 137 (-5) with co-first-round leader Janell Howland of Beaumont, Texas (72) and three others. Howland led by two shots after six holes, but never righted herself after a string of bogeys.
'I did nothing different than what I did yesterday except I got lucky on No. 6,' said Beiseigel, who has recorded five top-10 finishes this year including a second-place finish at the Frye Chevrolet Classic in April. 'I still left four putts out there.'
Wright, playing in her fourth Futures Tour event after turning professional following this years NCAA Championship, got off to a bumpy start with a double bogey on her second hole. She recorded two birdies and a bogey to make the nine-hole turn at 2-over-par 38. But the former Pepperdine University teammate of two-time 2003 winner Katherine Hull, made her move on the back nine holes. Wright birdied holes 11, 13, 14 and 16 to finish the day at 69 and a chance to contend for her first professional win.
'To be 8-under after two days is encouraging,' said Wright, whose best finish this year has been a tie for 37th. 'This is a nice position to be in.'
Hull, of Queensland, Australia, who finished the second round a shot back at 135 with a second-round 68, missed a birdie opportunity on the 17th, but made birdie on the 18th to finish at 7-under. She made six birdies and three bogeys for the day.
'The leader board is really congested right now,' said Hull, who has won two of five previous events she has played since turning pro in late May. 'Im making enough birdies but I just have to eliminate the bogeys. Im about due for another low round.'
Henderson threw herself into the mix among the leaders when she scored a hole-in-one on the par-3 11th hole. She used a 6-iron on the 142-yard hole for her second competitive ace this year and ninth career ace.
'That pretty much jump-started my round and got me back under par,' said Henderson, whose best finish is tied for 13th in 11 tournaments this year.
Henderson struggled with three three-putt greens on holes 1, 8 and 17, but her ace on the 11th allowed her to move into a share of the lead. The former Vanderbilt University player birdied the 12th to inch forward, but lost ground with the bogey at 17.
'I was hoping to make a run today, but I had three bogeys that came from three-putt greens,' said Henderson, who has played on the Futures Tour for five seasons. 'Im not out of it, but I cant be missing putts like that.'
Seventy-five players made the 36-hole tournament cut at 146 (+4), a tie for the seasons low mark.