Sandra Gal Leads After Second Round Of 2011 Avnet LPGA Classic; Defending Champion Se Ri Pak Still Lurking

Sandra Gal

A months ago when Sandra Gal had a final round pairing with former world #1 Jiyai Shin at the Kia Classic, I did acknowledge that anything can happen in sports, in golf in specifically. But despite that, I really did not think that Sandra would stare down Shin and go on to win. I thought Sandra would have a nice round, finish second and then slip back to the pack. Not so fast there, BKB! Not only did Gal outduel Shin, she followed up with a great tournament at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Now after two rounds at the 2011 Avnet LPGA Classic, she finds herself in the lead at 7-under, a shot ahead of Amy Yang.

Sandra’s 8 birdie, 3 bogey 5-under round was highlighted by birdies on all three par 5s. She keeps giving herself chances to score, hitting 28 of 36 greens in regulation through 2 rounds. But despite her great success, she is hardly a lock to waltz to victory midway through, as KNC winner Stacy Lewis is only 2 shots back. Defending champion Se Ri Pak is also still lurking at 3 shots back. Speaking of both Sandra and Stacy, the Avnet organizers couldn’t help but get into the Royal Wedding fever spreading these days.

Stacy Lewis and Sandra Gal

First round co-leader Grace Park slipped back with a 3-over round. Although this dropped her out of the top 10, if you told me before the tournament that after 2 rounds, Grace would be in the top 20 with a round in the 60s, I would take it. That is based on how she has struggled with injuries and rust the last two or three years. She’s safely in the cut, with a chance to still win or go top 5 or 10. That is a success for Grace in my book this week.

SANDRA GAL

STACY LEWIS

NATALIE GULBIS

PAIGE MACKENZIE

AZAHARA MUNOZ

NA YEON CHOI

SONG-HEE KIM

HEE YOUNG PARK

MICHELLE WIE

JEEHAE LEE

JENNIE LEE

HANNAH JUN

HARU NOMURA

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