Aditi Ashok adds 70 to first round 68, lies 15th in Kroger Queen Champs

Aditi Ashok. File Pic

Cincinnati, OH, Sept 10: Aditi Ashok played almost as well as she did in her bogey free first round, but the results were somewhat different at the Kroger Queen Championship presented by P&G. Aditi, who shot 4-under 68 in the first round with four birdies and no bogeys, had five birdies in the second, but small errors also saw her drop three bogeys for a 2-under 70.

At 6-under for two rounds, Aditi is now Tied-15th as the LPGA Tour moves into the last quarter of the season.

The highlight of Aditi’s second round was a hat-trick of birdies from 12th to 14th after birdies on second and ninth. She dropped shots on par-5 fourth, par-3 eighth and then right at the end another bogey came on the Par-4 18th, which left a bitter taste.

In the first round, Aditi birdied second, fifth, ninth and 12th.

The best finish for Aditi this season has been T-13 at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio in January. The current week must have been a relief for Aditi, who has had five missed cuts in the last six starts.

The first round leader Xiyu Lin was witness to a superb second round from her playing partner Jeongeun Lee6, who fired a bogey-free 9-under 63. The highlight was four consecutive birdies from holes 7-10. She also tied her second-lowest career round on the LPGA Tour.

Playing with Lee6, the 18-hole leader Lin backed up her opening 64 with a bogey-free, 4-under 68 to sit one back of the lead at 12-under. Her two-day total is 132.

Two-time LPGA Tour winner Ally Ewing sits in solo third after firing an 8-under 64 in round two. Mexico’s Maria Fassi and Australia’s Sarah Kemp sit in a tie for fourth at -10 with a logjam of players rounding out the top 10 in a tie for sixth at nine-under.

Lee6 has had three top-10 finishes earlier this season that all came in three consecutive starts – a tie for ninth at the LPGA Drive On Championship at Crown Colony, a tie for fourth at the HSBC Women’s World Championship and a tie for eighth at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

A total of 76 players made the cut at 1-under.


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