I expect to be here, said Prammanasudh, who fired a 69 for the second day to take the lead at 6-under 138 at Willowbend Golf Club. Now, its just a matter of getting it done.
Prammanasudh was tested on her first nine holes with three bogeys and three birdies. That included two back-to-back bogeys on holes 7 and 8, in which her approach shots came up short of the green. Both times, she ran her chips past the hole and failed to get up and down for par. But an 8-iron to 18 feet at the ninth green converted for birdie, allowing Prammanasudh to make the turn at 3-under and a share of the lead with Soo Young Moon of Keumsan, Korea, who fired an even-par 72 to finish at 3-under 141. Moon is tied for second with Isabelle Beisiegel of Norman, Okla., who carded a 70 in Saturdays second round.
The Kansas wind, blowing from an opposite direction on Saturday than on Friday, tested Prammanasudhs patience and club choices, but the Oklahoman assured herself that she wasnt alone in the guessing game of prairie golf.
There werent a lot of lower scores from the morning rounds, said the four-time NCAA All-American and current non-exempt member of the LPGA Tour. You know people are going to make bogeys when its that windy and you know that you just have to be patient.
Prammanasudh also drew on her experience to remind herself that you get a balance in windy rounds. True to her belief, the two consecutive bogeys from the last three holes on the front nine were countered with three birdies on the back nine with two at holes 16 and 18. Her 15-foot birdie at the 18th was a timely punctuation to a round that included 12 hit fairways, 13 greens and 28 putts.
Moons hot putter from Friday was gone and the Korean teen found herself struggling both on the greens and with her confidence.
My putts were weird and they were too short and too long, said Moon, 19, a non-exempt LPGA Tour member who won the seasons opening tournament at the Lakeland Futures Golf Classic. Everything was bad and it complicated my head.
Beisiegel, a native of Montreal who remained in Norman after playing golf at the University of Oklahoma, had a dizzying second-round 70 that featured seven birdies and four bogeys. On her final five holes, the Canadian birdied holes 14, 17 and 18, with bogeys at 15 and 16. It was a day that could have taken even more strange turns if her patience had drifted.
I kept my composure and stayed patient, she said. I was up and down, up and down, but it was fun.
Lisa Hall of Stoke-on-Trent, England fired a 69, and Seol-An Jeon of Seoul, Korea, who shot a 71, moved up the leader board for a fourth-place tie at 142 (-2). Jimin Kang of Seoul, Korea, who was one shot behind the leaders at 2-under 70 after the first round, withdrew after nine holes Saturday due to illness.
But while wind and will tested the field today on the 6,260-yard course, the tournaments leader knows Sundays final round will pose yet another trial. Prammanasudh has played in the final group on Sunday in her last two tournaments, trailing the leaders by one shot both times. Each time, she carded over-par final rounds and came up short of her first tournament victory.
In the past, I tried to force birdies, said Prammanasudh, who grabbed the second round lead with the same determination she had used to win 10 collegiate titles. Its very important that I get this done because Ive been here three weeks straight. Now, I just need to let them catch me.
Seventy-two players made the 36-hole cut at 151 (+7).