ROGERS, Ark, Aug 30: Aditi Ashok carded three-under 68 to get past the cut at the LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Aditi was cruising at four-under through 16 holes when she dropped her only bogey of the day on 17th and then parred the 18th to finish the day at three-under 68. Aditi is now five-under 137. Aditi, playing her first LPGA event in the United States in 2020, is now Tied-28th ahead of the final round late on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Swede Anna Nordqvist shot a 9-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead over Sei Young Kim into the final round. Tied for the first-round lead after a 64, Nordqvist hit all 18 greens in regulation at Pinnacle Country Club in her second straight bogey-free round.
Aditi is coming off two weeks of Links golf in Scotland but her LPGA events were at the start of the year in Australia and she missed both cuts. A solid start this week will go a long way in getting the lanky youngster’s confidence back.
Aditi was two-under through six holes when play was stopped due to threat of lightning but she maintained her calm on resumption. She birdied fourth and fifth and then 14th and 16th.
Anna, 33, birdied five of the first six holes and seven of the first 11 in the round interrupted by an afternoon thunderstorm. She added two more on the par-3 15th and par-5 18th to get to 16-under 126.
Kim following an opening 65 with a 64. She eagled the 18th and closed with a birdie on the par-4 ninth to get to 13-under. The South Korean player skipped the Women’s British Open last week.
Nelly Korda (63), Jenny Shin (63) and Austin Ernst (65) were 12 under. Angela Stanford (66) was 10 under.
Stacey Lewis (66-68), who won the Ladies Scottish Open two weeks ago for her 13th LPGA Tour title, is T-11th at eight-under.