Beisiegel Alone in First in Indiana

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Futures TourMERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- Every time she opens her yardage book, Isabelle Beisiegel gives herself a not-so-subtle reminder to go for every shot.
 
Pasted in plain view is the quote: 'Do what you fear and fear disappears.'
 
If the Canadian, who now lives in Norman, Okla., had any fears during Friday's second round of the Northwest Indiana Futures Golf Classic, it didn't show in her bogey-free round of 68 that included five birdies and 15 greens in regulation. Beisiegel's 6-under-par two-day score of 138 gives her a one-shot lead over Ju Kim of Seoul, Korea, who also fired a 68 to stand in solo second at 139.
 
'I felt the butterflies today and I know I'll have them again tomorrow, but it's a challenge to beat my fears every day,' said Beisiegel, 24, who is still looking for her first Futures Tour win. 'I'm ready to go out there and win and to be as fearless as I can be.'
 
Frustration was more of a factor than fear for Jean Zedlitz on the back nine holes of Innsbrook Country Club today. The native of Pleasanton, Calif., who shared the lead with Beisiegel and two others after the first round, lost two shots in three holes on Friday, then rallied with three consecutive birdies to regain a share of the lead with Beisiegel after nine holes. But Zedlitz recorded five bogeys and no birdies on the back nine of the par-72, 6,122-yard parkland course to shoot a 75 and slide into a tie for 14th at 145.
 
That opened a door for others and the leader board shuffle began. Jennifer Huber of Dallas, Texas, trailed the leaders by one shot after the turn, but finished bogey-bogey for a 2-under 70. Reilley Rankin of Hilton Head Island, S.C., made her move with an eagle on the par-5 15th hole when she placed her 195-yard, 5-wood approach to eight feet and made the putt.
 
'I'm definitely at a point where I can manage myself better on the golf course,' said Rankin, 24, who posted a 70 to stand in third place at 3-under-par 141. 'I've learned to play my shots instead of just getting through the day.'
 
Kim, in her third year on the Futures Tour, used 24 putts and four birdies in her bogey-free round to draw within striking distance of her first win this season. The 21-year-old South Korean would only praise her putting.
 
'My shots were not so good, but my bad shots were not so bad,' she said. 'First round I was left all day. Today, I was a little right. Maybe tomorrow my shots will be straight.'
 
Kim's compatriot, Soo Young Moon of Keumsan, Korea, recorded a 1-under 71 for the second straight day to tie Huber for fourth place at 142. Moon won the season's first event at the Lakeland Futures Golf Classic.
 
Several other players posted low rounds to make their moves. Erika Wicoff of Hartford City, Ind., fired the day's low round with a 67 to charge into a tie for sixth with three other players at 143, including Allie Blomquist of Afton, Minn., who carded a 68. Catherine Cartwright of Bonita Springs, Fla., also posted a 68 to move into a tie for 10th at 144.
 
But Beisiegel, who now embraces the butterflies in her gut, hopes to cap her week with another low round in the final round Saturday at the $65,000 event presented by The Horseshoe Casino. She hopes to improve on her Futures Tour career-best, fourth-place-tie at the Frye Chevrolet Classic in Wichita last month. She hopes to win on the Indiana course that reminds her of the ones she played as an amateur back home in Canada.
 
'There are great targets out here and you know where you want to go,' she said of the lush, tree-lined course. 'The greens are pure and small and your good shots are really rewarded.'
 
Seventy-nine players made the 36-hole cut at 152 (+8).
 
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