Brooke Henderson leads the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at the half-way point at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco, California.
Brooke tore the Lake Merced golf course apart, shooting -7 under par 65 in the second round, to top the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic leaderboard at -9 under par for the tournament.
In interview she mentioned another teenager on the circuit world number one Lydia Ko;
“I think I’m ready, yeah, 17 is young. As you’ve seen with Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson and even Jessica Korda, there are a lot of great names that have been able to do it. I’m hoping that I’m one of them.”
“You know, I’m really loving where I am right now, and it’s awesome to wake up every day and do something I love.”
“In my amateur career I loved when I had the lead, and I just want to continue to build it. This thing is far from over.”
“There are tons of great players out there. The day is not even over yet. I’m excited for the position I’m in and really excited for the next couple days.”
Na Yeon Choi is in second place, at -7 under par, her second round -4 under par 68 lifting her up the leaderboard.
Third position is shared between Sakura Yokomine and Cindy Feng, both at – 6 under par for the competition.
Cindy was happy that she did not do anything silly during her round;
“I played great today, made a lot of birdies, which always helps. Made some putts. Just didn’t do anything too stupid.”
Overnight leader, defending champion, world number one, and birthday girl, Lydia Ko suffered some 18th birthday blues, returning an even par second round, dropping her to T5, and four shots off the lead, with two rounds to go;
“Yeah, you know, I got two celebrations, the first one on the 10th tee and then coming off 9. Really cool to share that birthday with a lot of people out here.“
“You know, I really didn’t get anything going. When that happens it’s really hard.”
“You know, I would say the par fives, you kind of need to take advantage of them. I didn’t position myself well in any of them, and that just makes it tough.”
” Kind of feel like you’re already losing shots there.”
“We’re doing a birthday dinner, so have Korean barbecue. Go to the original roots. Yeah, should be good.”
“Couple of the players are coming, family and friends. But, yeah, I think it’s just great that this year I can have a really good birthday dinner with a lot of close friends and we can have some fun.”
Joining Lydia on that -5 under par score is Ha Na Jang, Min Seo Kwak and Julieta Granada.
Ha Na benefited from using new irons, put in her bag on Wednesday;
“No problem, change my irons, new irons Wednesday, I think a little bit more confidence and it’s really good.”