As the temperature warmed up in the afternoon, Sophia Schubert (Oaks Ridge, Tennessee) shot a second round 8-under 64 at the Carolina Golf Classic presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. She joins the 18-hole leader Amanda Doherty at 12-under overall and will tee off at 9:50 a.m. ET Saturday at Forest Oaks Country Club.
“You know I really wasn't expecting anything [today]. I was just kind of going out with a clear mind and just going to go play my game and see what happens,” said Schubert. “The mental aspect of golf is huge. I think it's like 75% mental but I think like for me especially this year I've tried to just not really have any expectations just know that like I'm prepared and then come out here and not thinking about much not trying too hard or whatever and I think that's been a huge part of my success out here this year is just being able to come out here and not really have a lot on my mind and just play one shot at a time.”
Tied for the lead for a second day in a row is Amanda Doherty. The rookie carded a second-round 4-under to move to -12 with 36 holes left in Greensboro. She ended the day with a 50-foot putt on No. 9 after seeing a few earlier putts stop just short.
“I was trying to go in today like it's a new day but you know after a really good round it's almost impossible to always follow that up again, not to say that you can't but the more you try the harder it is. I wasn't making as many putts today so that's kind of frustrating at first and just trying to like keep hitting it well and eventually those they'll fall,” said Doherty. “The last two I guess, seven and eight I left two puts just an inch short. I was just like get it to the hole, so it was really nice to see that last one roll in.”
FERNANDEZ CANO REFLECTS ON 36 HOLES WITH FELLOW 2022 LPGA TOUR MEMBERS
For the first two rounds, three of the five players who clinched their spot in the 2021 Race for the Card top-10 were paired together in Greensboro. They joined together at the 10th tee yesterday where LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Member Havilan Smith announced all of them for the first time as 2022 LPGA Tour Members. It was a shared moment Casey Danielson, Maude-Aimee Leblanc and Fatima Fernandez Cano will always savor.
“Yesterday, when we found out that Maude-Aimee was also locked for next year, we just walk down the first hole and I think Casey said it best, she was like yeah just like a victory lap nice little round today and it's true,” said Fernandez Cano, who received news earlier this week that she had clinched her spot in the top-10.
Leblanc checks in only two strokes off the lead after 36 holes at Forest Oaks Country Club and Fernandez Cano one behind her. They each are looking to claim their first win of the season.
“I have a little something left, I haven't won this year yet and I really have two more chances. Hopefully one of them will happen for me, but regardless what happens I'm still very happy but enjoying the walk for sure but also trying really hard to get that first win of the year,” said Fernandez Cano. “I love four day events and I think it's great preparation especially for next year to kind of see what fits me and when to better in four day events compared to three day events.”
RACHEL ROHANNA ON THE RACE FOR THE CARD BUBBLE
With only five cards left to claim this season, every shot made these last two weeks is extremely vital. Currently No. 6 in the Race for the Card, Rachel Rohanna (Marianna, Pennsylvania) is looking to regain her status on the LPGA Tour. A first round 2-over 74 did not faze the seasoned veteran, as she came back today with a 6-under 66 to move from 97 to T40 and make the cut by two strokes.
“I just I didn't make any putts yesterday. I mean I gave myself just as many opportunities as I did today. I just didn't make anything I made a three-footer for birdie but missed a 4-footer on the next hole yesterday. Then I lipped out an eight-footer to start today and I was like oh great like, but I birdied four on the last five,” said Rohanna, a two-time Epson Tour champion. “I don't know, I felt like my blood pressure was like through the roof. I was like why I do this to myself like there's no reason. But I found myself in this situation a lot so hopefully it's I'm only giving myself that experience because obviously it's going to happen again.