PINEHURST, North Carolina -- The view near the top of the leaderboard of this new LPGA Q-Series format bodes well for the outlook of the two Wisconsin golfers who are parked a ways back, in the middle of the 102-player field.
"Eight rounds of golf, I know it's long but it's easier for me because you can have a round that’s not that good but you can still cover it up," China's Xiyu Lin said after following her opening 73 with a 71 in the second round of the eight-round qualifier being played over two weeks at Pinehurst Resort. She was one of six golfers tied for seventh at even-par 144, eight shots behind second-round leader Klara Spilkova of the Czech Republic.
"All you need to do is be consistent, you don’t have to have a really, really low round to get through it. I like this format.”
Former University of Wisconsin golfer Lexi Harkins and Edgerton native Allyssa Ferrell can't complain, either — at least not just yet — but it remains to be seen where their early consistency takes them. Harkins shot her second straight 74 and stayed inside the top 45, in a tie for 34th at 4-over-par 148 while Ferrell, coming off a first-round 76, shot 77 and slipped 23 spots into a tie for 78th at 9-over 153 with 36 holes to go this week on Pinehurst's No. 6 Course and 72 holes still to be played next week on the No. 7 layout.
Harkins bogeyed her final two holes on the front nine Thursday to turn in 3-over 39. She parred her first six holes of the back nine before finishing birdie-bogey-par-birdie to climb back into the top 35. She will tee off at 8:34 a.m. Friday off No. 1 in the third round.
Ferrell, meanwhile, started on No. 10 and played her first four holes in 1-under before she hit a rocky patch, bogeying five of six holes making the turn. She righted the ship and played Nos. 2 through 7 in 1-under before finishing her round bogey-bogey to fall out of the top 70 after two rounds.