Nocera, Recari share LPGA Challenge lead
Tour rookies Gwladys Nocera and Beatriz Recari each shot a
6-under 66 on Friday and were tied for the lead after the second
round of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge, taking advantage of a
rough day for Brittany Lincicome.
Recari had an eagle and five birdies over her final 10 holes to
get to 10-under 134. Nocera finished with seven birdies.
Amy Hung was alone in third at 9 under. Michele Redman, Wendy
Ward, Stacy Lewis and Ilhee Lee were at 136.
Lincicome, who shot a blistering 11-under 61 on Thursday to
build a four-stroke lead, struggled off the tee all afternoon and
shot a 76 that left her at 7 under. She had four bogeys and a
A 10-time winner on the European Tour before joining the LPGA,
the 35-year-old Nocera overcame a rough start to match her best
round of the season.
The Frenchwoman tied for 66th at last week’s Navistar Classic
and had broken par only once in 10 rounds before shooting a 68 on
Thursday. Friday’s 66 was the best score of the round and had her
alone atop the leaderboard before Recari’s late charge.
Nocera shared the lead despite starting her day with a bogey on
the par-4, 383-yard first hole. She parred the next two holes then
picked up birdies on five of the next six.
After making the turn at 8 under, Nocera birdied Nos. 13 and 15
to inch closer to the lead while Lincicome was sliding back to the
Recari, meanwhile, was 1 over through her first eight holes
before picking up five strokes over the next four holes. That
included an eagle on the par-5, 475-yard 11th. The 23-year-old
Spaniard had a chance to overtake Nocera but missed a long birdie
putt on 18.
Lincicome, who has three career LPGA Tour titles, fought her
driver all day. She pulled several tee shots left and had to
scramble just to save par on some holes.
Lincicome’s luck ran out after she birdied the par-5 11th to
move to 12 under. She bogeyed the next two holes to fall into a tie
with Nocera before carding a seven on the par-4, 390-yard 14th. She
hit her tee shot into the sand, then went into a hazard before
Defending champion Sophie Gustafson shot even par for the second
straight day and is at 144, one stroke above the cut.
Cristie Kerr, who needs to finish second or better to overtake
Ai Miyazato as the No. 1-ranked player in the world, is seven shots
off the pace at 141. She shot a 68 that included an eagle on No.