Hurst muddled her way through the frontside with three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the 379-yard par-4 5th. Even she was somewhat surprised at her performance.
I had that one miss-cue [on five], Hurst said. Oh, and I three-putted seven for bogey as well. But other than that, I hit it pretty close today.
I felt like I had hit a good putt, I just misread it. I thought it would break and didnt at all. Then on five, things like that happen. I mean, you dont ever want to double, but I just thought, keep your head in the ball game, and who knows where Ill be at the end of day.
Spotty play on the front nine left Hurst with some ground to make up midway through her round. Fellow competitor Liselotte Neumann took full advantage of Hurst's plight by turning on the heat and leaving the native Californian trailing the lead for most of the day.
It wasnt until Hurst made the turn that the birdies started flowing and the tables turned. Six birdies capped off her round and gave her the edge she desperately needed to regain the lead. By the time Hurst birdied the 329-yar par-4 14th she had tied Neumann for the lead. Three more birdies insured her position as leader.
At 10-under-par 134 Hurst first round cushion of three strokes over the rest of the field remained intact.
Liselotte Neumann carded eagle on the par 436-yard par-5 6th on Friday. She masterfully negotiated the dogleg left and its host of pitfalls. Five birdies and two bogeys rounded out the day for Neumann.
The 14-year veteran bettered her first round score by three strokes and gave Hurst a run for her money. In fact for a large part of the day Neumann lead the field. I got off to a great start, Neumann said. And I think on the back nine the greens were more difficult because the grass was growing a lot more in the afternoon. The greens were uneven and on the soft side. There were a lot ball marks, but I played well, the putts just didnt drop on the back side.
Neumann is presently three back as she starts the final round. I think getting off to a good start is the key. I will need to put pressure on Pat, and I know she is really good off the tee. I played well on the front nine today and yesterday, so I will go out and start well to put pressure on Pat.
With only one day of play left, Pat Hurst will be looking to add an Americans name to the list of 2001 champions. Currently no American has won an event this year.
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