Prammanasudh Looking For Repeat

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Futures TourEL PASO, Texas -- She was blinking, pouring wetting solution into her contact lenses and backing off shots as 40 mph wind gusts blew desert sand for most of the day at Underwood Golf Complex, Sunrise Course. But Stacy Prammanasudh, of Enid, Okla., wasnt backing down. Not in the fickle and sometimes fierce El Paso winds. Not ever.
 
And for the second consecutive week, Prammanasudh enters Sundays final round with the lead. She fired a second-round, 2-under-par 70 to take a one-shot lead in the $70,000 IOS FUTURES Golf Classic at 140 (-4). Candy Hannemann of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, stands alone at second following her 1-under-par 71 today at the 6,364-yard course on the Ft. Bliss U.S. Army base..
 
'Its not really a big enough cushion,' said Prammanasudh, who won her first professional tournament last week at the Frye Chevrolet Classic in Wichita, Kan. 'Im hitting the ball really consistently, but you still get some wicked kicks out there, even on the greens. Par is your friend.'
 
Allie Blomquist of Afton, Minn., made a huge move up the leader board, charging from a tie for 22nd to a tie for third on the heels of her three-under 69. She is deadlocked at two-under 142 with Vicki Fergon, of La Quinta, Calif., who finished at even-par 72. Fergon had built a two-shot lead by the sixth hole with birdies on holes 2, 4, 5 and 6. But by No. 12, where she faltered with a four-putt double bogey, she had lost four shots in the span of three holes with bogeys on holes 10 and 11.
 
'At the 12th hole, my first putt was about 40 feet and I had a five footer left for par,' said Fergon, who has played on the LPGA Tour for 26 years. 'All of a sudden, we had a huge gust and I knocked it by a foot and half. Then it lipped out and rolled another five feet.'
 
Fergon said she collected herself after taking the double on the par-4 hole. Two holes later, in the midst of another gust, she yanked her drive and watched it sail into the desert. 'Thank God it stuck in a tumbleweed,' she said.
 
'Vicki was red-hot on the front-nine,' said Hannemann, who is still seeking her first professional win. 'But you had to back off shots. That one gust of wind hurt Vicki pretty bad. I know how it feels because mentally, Im just exhausted after a day like this.'
 
Playing in the 8 A.M. morning group, Stephanie George of Myerstown, Pa., fired the days low round of 67 to move from a tie for 101st to a tie for seventh at 145 (+1). 'I knew I had to shoot something low today,' said George, who rebounded from her first-round 78.
 
While the wind had its way most of the day, Blomquist, a second-year Futures Tour professional, received a gift from Mother Nature on the par-3 15th hole. She had just drained a 25-foot eagle putt at the 14th green. On the 15th tee, her 8-iron tee shot stopped at 12 feet, then was blown by the wind to eight inches for a tap-in birdie. It was the nudge she needed to make a move into position for Sundays final round.
 
Seventy-two players made the 36-hole cut at 152 (+8).
 

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