CHICAGO — Day 2 of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open was not as successful as Day 1 for Martha Nause and Becky Iverson unless judged on what the two Wisconsin golfers set out to accomplish in the first place.

The two Wisconsin golfers earned the opportunity to play Days 3 and 4 in this historic first United States Golf Association championship for women golfers age 50 and older — both amateurs and professionals — at Chicago GC.

Nause, a Sheboygan native, shot 9-over-par 82 and dropped into a tie for 37th place while Iverson, the director of golf at the Bridges GC in Madison, fired an 81 to make the cut on the number at 158 in a tie for 50th place. The top 50 golfers and ties from the field of 120 golfers advanced to the weekend.

World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies and fellow Englishwoman Trish Johnson shot matching two-day scores of 71-71 to share the 36-hole lead.

Davies, the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open champion, and Johnson lead another Hall of Famer, Juli Inkster, by three strokes. Inkster, a five-time USGA champion from Los Altos, Calif., was the only other player to better par at 1-under 145 through two rounds.

Danielle Ammaccapane, a native of Babylon, N.Y., who won seven times in a nearly two-decade career on the LPGA Tour, is alone in fourth place at even-par 146 on the 6,273-yard, par-73 layout.

Johnson, 52, who won 19 times on the Ladies European Tour and three times on the LPGA Tour, made an eagle 3 on the 476-yard, par-5 fourth hole, by hitting a 5-wood from 190 yards to about 10 feet and making the putt. Her round also included four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.

“I hit a lot of good shots, some bad shots – the bad shots were pretty bad,” said Johnson, who won the Suquamish Clearwater event on the Legends Tour last month in Kingston, Wash. “I said to Laura [Davies] yesterday, you have a chance to win if you don’t make doubles, and of course I made a double today. Hopefully I won’t do that tomorrow.”

Davies played her last 11 holes in 4 under par to join Johnson at the top, and they will be joined by Inkster in the final grouping of the day on Saturday at 10:35 a.m. CDT. The tee times for Round 3 were moved up by 90 minutes in anticipation of stormy weather in the area.

“I think everybody will be nervous; everybody wants to win this trophy,” said Inkster, who won the U.S. Women’s Open in 1999 and 2002. “It being the inaugural and seeing Carner and Alcott and Bradley out there supporting this, they didn’t have to play. They wanted to play, and they wanted to support the Senior Open.”

Elaine Crosby, of Jackson, Mich., who led the way after the first round by one stroke with a 3-under 70 on Thursday, shot 78 on Friday morning and is tied for eighth place, six strokes back.

Four other Wisconsin golfers missed the cut. Merton amateur Maggie Leef shot 83 and finished at 15-over 161, Cumberland amateur Leigh Klasse was another shot back at 16-over 162, Appleton native Sue Ginter shot 81 to finish at 18-over 164 and Waukesha native Lauri Merten shot 83 to finish at 22-over 168.

USGA: Sheboygan's Martha Nause, Madison's Becky Iverson, others at first U.S. Senior Women's Open (Chicago GC)

Pos. Player Total Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
T1 Trish Johnson -4 -2 71 71 142
T1 Laura Davies -4 -2 71 71 142
3 Juli Inkster -1 -1 73 72 145
4 Danielle Ammaccapane E -2 75 71 146
T5 Yuko Saito 1 -2 76 71 147
T5 Barb Mucha 1 E 74 73 147
T5 Liselotte Neumann 1 3 71 76 147
T8 Elaine Crosby 2 5 70 78 148
T8 Barb Moxness 2 -1 76 72 148
T10 Patricia Ehrhart (a) 3 1 75 74 149
T10 Susie Redman 3 2 74 75 149
T10 Marilyn Lovander 3 3 73 76 149
T10 Alicia Dibos 3 3 73 76 149
T14 Rosie Jones 4 E 77 73 150
T14 Missie Berteotti 4 1 76 74 150
T14 Suzy Green-Roebuck 4 2 75 75 150
T14 Kristi Albers 4 -1 78 72 150
T14 Lorie Kane 4 1 76 74 150
T19 Barb Bunkowsky 5 1 77 74 151
T19 Michele Redman 5 E 78 73 151
T19 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 5 -1 79 72 151
T19 Helen Alfredsson 5 6 72 79 151
T19 Tammie Green Parker 5 2 76 75 151
T19 Jamie Fischer 5 4 74 77 151
25 Suzanne Strudwick 6 5 74 78 152
T26 Ellen Port (a) 7 1 79 74 153
T26 Martha Leach (a) 7 2 78 75 153
T26 Hollis Stacy 7 3 77 76 153
T26 Maggie Will 7 E 80 73 153
30 Laurel Kean 8 1 80 74 154
T31 Lisa Grimes 9 8 74 81 155
T31 Nanci Bowen 9 2 80 75 155
T31 Lisa DePaulo 9 2 80 75 155
T31 Jean Bartholomew 9 9 73 82 155
T31 Betsy King 9 4 78 77 155
T31 Christa Johnson 9 6 76 79 155
T37 Nancy Taylor 10 9 74 82 156
T37 Jenny Lidback 10 6 77 79 156
T37 Kathy Kurata (a) 10 8 75 81 156
T37 Sofia Gronberg Whitmore 10 3 80 76 156
T37 Cindy Figg-Currier 10 5 78 78 156
T37 Martha Nause +10 9 74 82 156
T37 Pat Bradley 10 5 78 78 156
T37 Jane Crafter 10 1 82 74 156
T45 Sue Wooster (a) 11 3 81 76 157
T45 Carolyn Hill 11 5 79 78 157
T45 Eriko Gejo 11 5 79 78 157
T45 Cathy Panton-Lewis 11 6 78 79 157
T45 Amy Alcott 11 7 77 80 157
T50 Becky Iverson +12 8 77 81 158
T50 Marie-Therese Torti (a) 12 9 76 82 158
T50 Laurie Brower 12 2 83 75 158
T50 Akemi Nakata Khaiat (a) 12 7 78 80 158
T50 Jane Geddes 12 5 80 78 158
T50 Kay Cockerill 12 11 74 84 158
MC Cindy Rarick 13 6 80 79 159
MC Suzy Whaley 13 9 77 82 159
MC Marilyn Hardy (a) 13 4 82 77 159
MC Laura Shanahan Rowe 13 8 78 81 159
MC Jan Stephenson 13 9 77 82 159
MC Lori Atsedes 13 5 81 78 159
MC Dana Dormann 14 9 78 82 160
MC Laurie Rinker 14 5 82 78 160
MC Alison Nicholas 14 7 80 80 160
MC Cheryl Fox 14 1 86 74 160
MC Nancy Scranton 14 8 79 81 160
MC Kris Tschetter 14 5 82 78 160
MC Janet Moore (a) 15 8 80 81 161
MC Sherry Andonian-Smith 15 8 80 81 161
MC Judith Kyrinis (a) 15 9 79 82 161
MC Liz Waynick (a) 15 8 80 81 161
MC Maggie Leef (a) +15 10 78 83 161
MC Therese Quinn (a) 15 11 77 84 161
MC Mary Jane Hiestand (a) 16 9 80 82 162
MC Marlene Davis 16 11 78 84 162
MC Lara Tennant (a) 16 4 85 77 162
MC Dana Bates 16 4 85 77 162
MC Hiromi Kobayashi 16 7 82 80 162
MC JoAnne Carner 16 10 79 83 162
MC Kaori Shimura 16 10 79 83 162
MC Leigh Klasse (a) 16 8 81 81 162
MC Laura Baugh 17 7 83 80 163
MC Kathryn Imrie 17 6 84 79 163
MC Annette DeLuca 17 6 84 79 163
MC Donna Andrews 17 6 84 79 163
MC Janie Sirmons 18 8 83 81 164
MC Sue Ginter 18 8 83 81 164
MC Debby Murphy 19 11 81 84 165
MC Evelyn Orley (a) 19 7 85 80 165
MC Helene Chartrand (a) 19 11 81 84 165
MC Joy Bonhurst 20 8 85 81 166
MC Holly Vaughn 20 8 85 81 166
MC Angela Aulenti 21 14 80 87 167
MC Laura Carson (a) 21 10 84 83 167
MC Brenda Pictor (a) 22 11 84 84 168
MC Sally Austin 22 13 82 86 168
MC Tina Barker (a) 22 13 82 86 168
MC Lauri Merten 22 10 85 83 168
MC C.J. Reeves 22 14 81 87 168
MC Patricia Beliard 22 13 82 86 168
MC Kelley Nittoli (a) 22 10 85 83 168
MC M.K. Thanos-Zordani (a) 22 13 82 86 168
MC Loretta Young 23 9 87 82 169
MC Susan West (a) 24 13 84 86 170
MC Cindy McConnell (a) 24 15 82 88 170
MC Debby King 24 12 85 85 170
MC Anne Marie Palli 25 12 86 85 171
MC Terrill Samuel (a) 26 15 84 88 172
MC Macarena Campomanes (a) 27 15 85 88 173
MC Jane Blalock 28 17 84 90 174
MC Joanne Foreman 29 16 86 89 175
MC Judy Dickinson 29 15 87 88 175
MC Alice Miller 32 15 90 88 178
MC Sally Little 32 18 87 91 178
MC Sandra Palmer 36 17 92 90 182
MC Jerilyn Britz 38 17 94 90 184
MC Julie Wirth (a) 40 19 94 92 186
MC Murle Breer 49 29 93 102 195
MC Maureen Sheehan (a) 50 18 105 91 196
WD Luanne Cherney 87 87
Bertine Strauss 75 151
Min-G Kim 75 152
Patricia Sanz Barrio 75 152
Lauren Diaz-Yi 77 153
Chiara Mertens 73 153
Maia Schechter 76 154
Hanule Sky Seo 77 154
Natalie Vivaldi 81 154
Kylie Henry 74 155
Shasta Averyhardt 80 156
Lisa Maguire 79 159
Soo Jin Lee 84 84
Elizabeth Szokol 81 81