GREENSBORO, Ga. — Ally McDonald held onto the lead Saturday within the LPGA Drive On Championship-Reynolds Lake Oconee, capturing a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke benefit into the ultimate spherical.
Winless on the LPGA Tour, the 27-year-old from Mississippi had a 13-under 203 complete on the Nice Waters Course. Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines was second after a 69.
“I’m excited with the place I’m in,” McDonald mentioned. “Mentally, I believe I dealt with myself very well. Able to tackle tomorrow.”
4 strokes forward of Pagdanganan with two holes to play, McDonald bogeyed the par-3 seventeenth, whereas enjoying associate Pagdanganan closed with two birdies.
McDonald bogeyed the primary gap and made an enormous mid-round run with 5 birdies in an eight-hole stretch.
“I performed some actually stable golf after I form of settled in,” McDonald mentioned. “Made just a few unhealthy swings in direction of the top of the spherical, however I’m not going to discredit how I actually did settle in and performed stable golf for many of my holes.”
Pagdanganan, a member of Arizona’s 2018 NCAA championship staff after beginning her faculty profession at Gonzaga, is making her sixth LPGA Tour begin of the yr and seventh general.
“There was like an enormous sigh of aid after I made my final putt,” Pagdanganan mentioned. “It was a little bit irritating. I used to be hitting so many good pictures however couldn’t get any putts to drop. Total, I’m nonetheless fairly pleased with how I performed.”
Danielle Kang was third at 11 beneath after a 70 within the occasion added to the schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down ladies’s golf for 5 months.
“I’m very annoyed at the moment, however there was loads of up-and-downs,” Kang mentioned. “ However I believe I dealt with the curve balls fairly effectively. Good to complete on a birdie.”
The tour returned with one other Drive On match in Toledo, Ohio, in late July, with Kang successful that occasion and once more the next week in Sylvania, Ohio. She leads the Race to CME Globe and, at No. 5 on the earth, is the top-ranked participant within the subject,
“Folks out listed here are actually supportive and so they’ve been form of boating or jet snowboarding from gap to gap,” Kang mentioned. “That’s fairly cool and enjoyable. They’re all right here having enjoyable, in order that’s the entire level of it, for folks to look at and have enjoyable and be entertained. I’m glad they’re having a blast.”
Carlota Ciganda of Spain had a 68 to get to 10 beneath. Australia’s Katherine Kirk was 9 beneath after a 70.
“Course is in superb form,” Kirk mentioned. “I believe perhaps it was a little bit trickier to attain at the moment, like tougher to make get it shut and have loads of birdie alternatives. Our group definitely form of had some moments of struggles and moments of brilliance, however the golf course is fabulous.”