Former winner Paula Creamer shares the lead and top-ranked Inbee Park is lurking nearby through the second round of the Marathon Classic.
Creamer, who five years ago won what was then referred to as the Jamie Farr LPGA stop, shot a 3-under 68 on Friday on the heels of an opening 66 to pull even with Beatriz Recari and Alison Walshe at 8-under 134 at the tournament’s midpoint.
Recari, who picked up her second career tour win earlier this year, had the day’s low round with a 65. Walshe, the first-round leader, shot 69.
Park, a six-time winner already this year including all three major championships, is two shots off the lead along with top amateur Lydia Ko. Defending champ So Yeon Ryu is another stroke back.
THE WOODLANDS, Texas
Zachary Olsen shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round. Olsen, the 19-year-old Cordova, Tenn., player who will be a freshman at Oklahoma State, had an 11-under 205 total on the Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods. Georgia senior Joey Garber was second after a 67. The winner will receive a spot next year in the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational.
American Century Championship
Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien had an eagle and three birdies Friday to take a two-point lead after the first round. Rypien finished with 27 points at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course under the modified Stableford scoring system that awards graduated points for pars or better. Actor Lucas Black was second with 25 points, followed by former NFL quarterback Chris Chandler with 24.
U.S. Amateur Public Links
Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge and University of California junior Michael Kim each won two matches Friday at Laurel Hill to advance to the 36-hole final. Niebrugge, from Mequon, Wis., edged 16-year-old Dou Zecheng of China 1 up in the morning quarterfinals, and beat James Erkenbeck of San Diego 3 and 2 in the afternoon semifinals. Kim, a Walker Cup player from Del Mar, Calif., beat Robby Shelton IV of Wilmer, Ala., 1 up in the quarterfinals, and topped Eric Sugimoto of San Diego 4 and 3 in the semifinals.