Prammanasudh In Control


Futures TourSYRACUSE, N.Y. -- OK, she admits it. Stacy Prammanasudh has already been surfing on for cheap flights home.
And in her mind, she can already see her dachshund, yellow Labrador retriever, cat and fianc standing in the door to greet her. Maybe not in that order, but theyre at home in Enid, Okla., where she hasnt been in five weeks.
And why is Stacy P. (as shes called) daydreaming about her menagerie when she is leading the $60,000 M&T Bank Loretto Futures Golf Classic heading into Sundays final round? Why is this two-time season winner and Futures Tour top money winner so anxious to vacuum pet hair with only three tournaments remaining on the schedule?
Because my dad says if I win, I get to go home for a week off, said Prammanasudh, who posted a 2-under score of 69 in the second round to lead the field by one shot (5-under 137) at The Links at Erie Village. Thats my ultimate goal right now ' to win so I can go home.
Prammanasudhs lead over Soo Young Moon of Keumsan, Korea and Seol-An Jeon of Seoul, Korea, both at 138 (-4), is slight and gives the South Koreans a second chance to face off against the Thai-American for the second time in three weeks. The trio played together when Stacy P. won the Lincoln Futures Golf Classic in Connecticut three weeks ago.
For Jeon, who lost this weeks second-round lead on the 14th hole with a double-bogey debacle on a water hazard, the question still remains: How do you beat Stacy P.?
Somebody tell me, please, said Jeon, who shot an even-par 71 with three errant drives that found left-side water hazards. Im usually very accurate. I never hit my driver like this, but these mistakes made a lot of difference.
While Jeon was fishing for her tee shots and Moon was missing four or five putts from 12-15 feet, Prammanasudh was playing her usual steady game on the par-71, water-laden 6,089-yard course. Moon rattled in two 18 footers for birdie to play the front nine at two under and had two birdies and one bogey on the back to finish at 68.
Tricky, gusting crosswinds kept everyone guessing all day, but Prammanasudh birdied the 15th from three feet then received a gift on the 16th when her tee shot hooked left and landed on a tongue of ground that jutted out into the water hazard. The Oklahoman had already removed her shoes once on the 14th hole to hack out of a hazard, take her bogey and move on. This praise-worthy peninsula of dirt rendered a good lie that Prammanasudh was able to use her gap wedge to set up her final birdie from 15 feet.
I got lucky a few times today and I think the golf gods were looking out for me, said Prammanasudh, who has eight top-10 finishes this season. Theres so little room for error, especially with a crosswind. Even from the fairway, its not a given that youll hit the green where you want to be.
Four players are tied at 139, with three tied at 140, including Jennifer Huber of Dallas, who jumped from a tie for 45th into a tie for eighth in the second round with her 4-under-par score of 67.
First-round leader Kim Adams of Fredericton, New Brunswick, had the toughest day when she ballooned with a 78 to drop into a tie for 28th at 144. Adams ran into deep trouble with water hazards on the par-4 10th hole, where she took a quadruple-bogey-8 with two shots into the water, and a double-bogey-6 on the par-4 11th.
Im definitely very disappointed, said Adams. It was an amateur move that I wasnt ready to hit my tee shot and I hit it anyway. I never committed to the shot and I paid for it.
If Prammanasudh pulls out her third season win Sunday, it will be a pricey last-minute ticket for which shes happy to pay.
Elsewhere on the course, Futures Tour rookie Randy Meadows of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, disqualified herself Saturday after discovering that the face of her putter was hooked. Meadows tried to bend the club back to its normal position. According to the rules of golf (Rule 4-3b), the damaged club is considered non-conforming. Meadows had already played eight holes when she discovered the irregularity.
Seventy-five players made the 36-hole tournament cut at 150 (+8).
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