OTTAWA — Na Rin An shot a 6-under 64 on Friday to take the lead in the suspended second round at the Canadian Pacific Womens Open.
After opening with a 64 on Thursday, An had her second consecutive round without a bogey at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. An, 26, is a rookie to the LPGA Tour having won twice in South Korea.
An said, I do have some Korean experience, so its not a new feeling right now. I expect to produce good results in the next two days, just like yesterday and today.
Minutes before darkness, play in the round was stopped due to heavy rains and lightning. Nelly KordaClosed with a birdie on par-5 ninth for a score of 63 and tied for second.
Korda said, I was just hitting the ball really well. I capitalized on almost all the par 5s. Many of the par 5s were moved up so long-hitters. We have shorter clubs and can take advantage of this. You just played some solid golf.
The third-ranked Korda was 11 with Hye-Jin Choi from South Korea and the first-round leader Paula Reto from South Africa.
Korda is coming off her first win this year in the Aramco Series of the Ladies European Tour. There she defeated Jessica by seven shots.
Choi had two eagles with a time of 68 and Reto followed her course record 62 with a time of 69. An and Choi, both rookies, finished sixth at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in July.
Lizette Salas was 10 over after a 64 birdieing just before play was stopped. Danielle Kang(9 under), Nasa Hataoka (667), and Sarah Schmelzel (64) were all 9 below.
Maddie Szeryk, the top Canadian player, shot a 68 to reach 7 under. She is bogey-free in the first two rounds.
Szeryk stated, I don’t think I’ve ever done that before. I played really solid. I hit a lot of greens and putted it well.
Canadian star Brooke HendersonAfter a 68, he was 5 over the 2018 Wascana winner, Regina, Saskatchewan.
Henderson said, I feel like im hitting it really well, so im excited for this weekend.
Lydia Ko, three-time tournament winner, was also 5 under following a 68. She played alongside Henderson and Jennifer Kupcho. Kupcho was 7th after a tie for 68.
Top-ranked Jin Young KoMagna outside Toronto winner in 2019, when the event was last played missed the cut with rounds 68-73.
Lorie Kane (57-year-old Canadian) made her last appearance in the event. She was 28 over after rounds 84 and 86.