Top-ranked Yani Tseng of Taiwan took the lead at the end of the second round of the Swinging Skirts TLPGA Invitational in New Taipei City yesterday after shooting a two-under 70.
Starting the day tied for third, Tseng fired four birdies and two bogeys in the second round, finishing with a two-round total of 142 to take a one-stroke lead over Amy Yang of South Korea.
“Just like yesterday, I’m very satisfied with my performance today,” the 22-year-old world No. 1 said.
Tseng, who teed off at 8:25am, said the weather conditions became “really bad” later in the day when she carded bogeys on the 11th and 17th.
Yang, who teed off 25 minutes earlier than Tseng, also agreed, saying that the weather was “so tough, even tougher than yesterday,” and it made the course “play fairly long.”
The wind and rain picked up in the afternoon and Tseng and Yang were the only two in the 83-player field to score under par.
Paula Creamer of the US, who was in the day’s fifth-to-last pairing, described the weather as “crazy and terrible.”
“It was the worst I’ve ever played in,” the world No. 5 said. “Seriously, I don’t think there was one easy hole out there.”
Creamer finished tied for 14th with a seven-over 79 for the round and a seven-over 151 after the first two days of the tournament.
However, Creamer said she was impressed by the passionate fans and volunteers.
Seeing the fans watching or following every hole on a day like this was “just incredible,” she said.
World No. 4 Choi Na-yeon of South Korea opened her round with a birdie and four pars before stumbling badly on the par-five sixth, driving two tee shots out of bounds to score a quadruple-bogey nine.
Despite her adventure on the sixth hole, Choi found herself tied for third with Beatriz Recari of Spain heading into the final day of the tournament.
Standouts for Taiwan were Candie Kung, who was tied for 11th with a two-round total of 150, and Lu Ya-huei, who was tied for 21st with eight-over 152.
Amy Hung, who was in the day’s third-to-last pairing, played strong in the second round with a one-over 73, but still finished tied for 44th with a 13-over 157.
The invitational tournament, which has a total purse of NT$15 million (US$496,500), is being played for charity. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to earthquake relief efforts in Japan, while the other half will go to the development of women’s golf in Taiwan.