Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Haru Hangs On in the Wind.

White Dragon Golf

Haru Nomura, Japan, hangs onto the lead at the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, citing that she likes it windy.

 Volunteers of America Texas Shootout

Haru Nomura / getty

Haru stayed on top of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout leaderboard, carding a second round +1 over par 72 in very windy conditions;

“Windy is easy, I like windy and tough conditions, from fairway to green. I love it.”

Amateur Eun Jeong Seong, South Korea, -2 under 69 today, Inbee Park, also from South Korea, even par 71, and Cristie Kerr, U.S.A. -1 under 70, all share second place, two shots back at -6 under par.

Eun Jeong Seong feels good about her performance today, and so she should;

“I thought just even par is just so good, but I started birdie-birdie, which is why I played very easy today.”

 “Very tough playing No’s 15, 16, 17 because of the wind, but I made par and then birdie on my last two holes”

” I feel good.”

Cristie summed it all up thus;

“God I played really hard today.”

“It would have been nice to make a few more putts but standing on the first tee, anything under par you would have taken it.”

“It was a really difficult day.”

Inbee is not expecting any improvement in the conditions for tomorrow;

“I think the forecast is still pretty bad tomorrow, so I think it just really depends on the weather, whether I should go really aggressive to the pins or try to give myself a putt at it.”

 “With these windy conditions, I think it’s good to have options. Two or three-under is a good score with these conditions, but when the wind dies down I think you can go pretty low, so the strategy kind of changes.”

Stacy Lewis is at -5 under, shooting that number for a round of 66, earlier in the day when it was a bit calmer;

“I knew getting out earlier would be an advantage to post a number and just see what happens.”

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Anna Nordqvist Triumphant.

White Dragon Golf

Anna Nordqvist was triumphant in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

Bank of Hope Founders Cup

Anna Nordqvist

Anna, from Sweden, carded a final round -4 under 68 to win the Bank of Hope Founders Cup with a -25 under par total, in front of her adopted home crowd;

” I mean, of all the wins probably of the ones that’s going to be more special. Like if it wouldn’t be for me getting an opportunity to come to Arizona State University about ten years ago, I wouldn’t be here today.”

“This truly still feels like home, even though I’m based in Florida.”

“I have so many friends and family here. They feel like family, my U.S. family. “

“You know, couldn’t think of a better place to be. I’m just so happy to be back.”

“I wasn’t even going to play a couple weeks and just ended up adding it last minute. Maybe it was meant to be.”

Three ladies were tied in second place, at -23 under par, In Gee Chun, South Korea, -6 under par 66 today, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -4 under 68, and Stacy Lewis, America, -4 under 68.

Stacy could not get the putts to drop;

“Couldn’t quite get the putts to fall, they were close.”

“Hit a lot of good shots and didn’t quite get rewarded for them.”

World number one Lydia Ko finished in a tie for eighth place, a last round -4 under par 68 giving her a -20 under par total

 

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Anna Leads, With Course Record.

 

White Dragon Golf

Anna Nordqivst leads the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, setting a new course record at Wildfire Golf Cub in Phoenix, Arizona.

Bank of Hope Founders Cup

Anna Nordqivst / getty

Anna’s new course record of -11 under par 61 put her firmly on top of the  Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard at -21 under par.

Nordqvist Rd3 Scorecard

Anna was -5 under on the front nine, on a course she treats as home;

“Absolutely, they always say that home is where the heart is, and my heart is definitely still here. I always say I’m a west coast girl and people remind me I’m from Sweden.”

 “Even though I live in Florida now, this definitely feels like home. ASU here and Missy Kaye being the coach now, the team support. My sponsor’s here. I have family and friends here or seemed like family.”

“So I was staying with friends this week. It’s just been a fun week.”

“It’s been busy first week back in the U.S., but just always feel special coming back here. I wish I could more often. Definitely, have a big smile on my face this week.”

Ariya and Stacy find themselves two shots behind, after sharing the lead for two days, once again they both carded the same score, -6 under 66, for their -19 under totals

Ariya likes having fun, and making putts;

“I mean, I’m starting to make some putt today. Even I miss like pretty short one, but today is pretty good.”

“I think, I mean, I just really want to have fun, and I’m going to work on my commitment tomorrow.”

“I’m not going to worry about the future , don’t worry about the outcome. So I’m going to be really want to commit with every shot I hit tomorrow.”

Stacy missed making birdie on the two pr fives on the back nine;

“It was good. It wasn’t great, but it was good.”

“Definitely, would’ve liked to have birdied those couple par fives on the back nine.”

“Felt like I didn’t play those very well, but making those two birdies coming in was huge.”

“With the way this golf course is playing, two back is not a big deal.”

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Two Tied at the Top

White Dragon Golf

There are two ladies tied at the top of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup tournament, Stacy Lewis and Ariya Jutanugarn will take a one shot lead into the week-end.

Bank of Hope Founders Cup Bank of Hope Founders Cup

Stacy and Ariya are still locked together after the second round of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, both with rounds of -5 under par 67, and -13 under totals.

Stacy spoke about the pressure of playing well;

“It’s always hard to follow up a round like yesterday, so happy with the day again.”

“You still have to be patient, because on this golf course, if you try to force things you can make some big numbers.”

“You have to go make birdies. That’s the mentality. If you have a wedge in your hand, go be aggressive and make a birdie.”

“If it doesn’t feel right, if you have an awkward number, just take par and move on.”

Ariya, who is  bogey free or both rounds, enjoyed her day playing alongside Stacy;

“I had so much fun playing with her today.”

“I’m not really worrying about who is going to be on the leaderboard.”

“I just really want to focus on what is under my control , just go have fun.”

They are closely followed by a group of four players at -12 under, Jeong Eun Lee -8 under 64 today, Mi Jung Hur -6 under 66, Michelle Wie -5 under 67, Vicky Hurst -5 under 67.

World #1 Lydia Ko is T40 following her -3 under 69 today, for a -7 under total.

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Five Tied,

White Dragon Golf

Five ladies are tied at the top of Bank of Hope Founders Cup, following the opening rounds at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, ArizonaStacy Lewis, Sandra Changkija, Katie Burnett, In Gee Chun, and Ariya Jutanugarn.

Bank of Hope Founders Cup

Stacy Lewis / getty

All the ladies carded opening rounds of -8 under par 64 in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup tournament, for a one shot lead.

Stacy said she got off to a good start, sinking some birdie putts;

“Got off to a great start, that was the beginning.”

“Just making some putts early; hitting a lot of good shots, and great putt on 8; 9 was awesome. The 9-iron was perfect in the air. Nice to see it go in.”

“You kind of start thinking a little bit about what you’re shooting at that point but just tried to keep hitting good shots.”

“I did that, for the most part, most of the day. If you’d tell me at the beginning of the day I would shoot eight under, I would take it anytime.”

Sandra just likes desert courses;

“I like desert golf courses, it fits my eye.”

” We won nationals my junior year in college.”

Ariya reported she should have scored better, missing some putts;

“I  feel pretty good. I mean, I feel good because I try to work on my commitment today and it’s come out pretty good.”

 “I miss few putt, too. I just make a pretty long putt like twice today.”

There are another five ladies all tied in 6th place at -7 under par, in this tightly congested Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard.

 

 

Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. Brittany Beats Lexi In Play-Off

White Dragon Golf

Brittany Lincicome beats Lexi Thompson  in  a play-off for the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic title.Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic - Final Round : News Photo

Brittany and Trophy.

Brittany, -5 under 68 today and Lexi, -3 under 70, both finished the  Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic at -26 under par.

Brittany clinched the title with a birdie at the first extra hole, despite not having the best time with her putter recently;

“Just the leaderboard all week has been amazing, obviously a lot of Americans up at the top, obviously friends of mine, so to come down to the final stretch.”

“I played with Lexi yesterday, and it was an awesome day.”

“I worked hard this off‑season.  My putting hasn’t been as well as it has this week, but hopefully that continues and it’s awesome.” 

Lexi has also had problems with the putter;

“This whole off‑season, I swear I putted two and a half hours each day, it seemed like.”

“I was just doing nonstop putting drills just trying too get my confidence up, and it showed here.”

” It’s paying off.  I’m going to keep working extremely hard and stay confident with it.”

Stacy Lewis was third, -2 under 71 today not what she was hoping for, finishing one shot off the pace at -25 under par. Her bad break came at the 14th, problems off the tee, and her second shot cost her a triple bogey 7;

“I mean, there’s not much really I could have done better other than hit a better shot from the second shot.”

 “But other than that, I was telling Travis, we made 30‑something birdies this week and playing some good golf, so I’m pretty happy with it. “

 

 

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Stacy and Lexi Share Lead.

White Dragon Golf

Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson share the 54 hole lead at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Stacy and Lexi / getty

Stacy has a new approach, and it seems to be working, shooting -10 under par 63 in the third round, to tie for the top spot at -23 under par;

“I didn’t look at a leaderboard all day until the 18th, and the weather is going to get tougher tomorrow, which I’m glad I’m near the lead for that.”

 “But we gotta keep making birdies regardless, so stay in my own game and keep making birdies.”  

“That was probably the best round I think I’ve ever shot on Tour in relation to par, so just a cool day.”

“I didn’t exactly hit it perfect, got away with a few shots, but just took advantage of it, and I didn’t even know what I shot there at the end of the day. “

Lexi carded a third round -7 under 66 to share the 54 hole lead at -23 under;

“Coming out here with no wind, it’s just you have to make a lot of birdies to make a move on anybody.”

 “I shot seven under and I’m tied, so it’s crazy, but we will see what tomorrow will bring.”

Gerina Piller is in third place, scoring -8 under 65 today to be one shot back at -22 under par for the tournament;

“Really just keeping it in the fairway and keeping it close, and I have had several tap-in birdies, which always helps.”

 “The greens are in great condition and that helps when you hit the ball on line.”