Rogers, AR – Former Arkansas golfer Stacy Lewis stands at six under par and tied for 19th place following the completion of the second of the P&G Beauty NWA Championship Sunday morning. The two-time SEC Champion finished the final five holes of round with a pair of birdies for her second consecutive round of 3-under 69.
“I’m really happy, I wanted to come out and get two or three birdies and get my round back under par and I’m really happy with it.”, said Lewis after leaving the scorer’s tent. Lewis’ 6-under par score is 6th off the co-lead of Meena Lee and Eun-Hee Ji, who are 12 under par.
Lewis’ final round will begin at 10:25 a.m. off the 1st tee and admitted she has her work cut out for her if she is hoist the winner’s trophy again this year, “It’s gonna take a really low number to win this tournament so I’ve just go out there and play good and see where it puts me.” Lewis will be paired with Morgan Pressel and Giulia Sergas.
“She’s gonna go low, she’s fired up and she’s ready,” remarked Arkansas head golf coach Shauna Estes-Taylor who followed Lewis early Sunday morning. “She got a good start this morning and got her rhythm back and she will be ready to go.”
Lewis’ low round here on the 6,238-yard, par-72 Pinnacle Country Club course is the 7-under 65 she shot in last year in the opening round of this tournament, which was a then course record. The current course record is the 10-under par 62 shot by Angela Park yesterday.
The 4-time Arkansas All-American matched the humidity Sunday morning heating up with a 25 foot birdie putt on the par 3 6th hole, her 15th of the round, that moved her to 5-under. A beautiful approach from 111 yards out to 8 feet on the par 5 7th led to another successful birdie that had her at 6-under par. Her 17 foot birdie putt on the par 4 8th somehow stayed out of the cup on the right side to end the birdie streak with a tap-in par. Her birdie effort from 18 feet on the par 4 9th came up short leaving a short tap in for par and the round of 69.
Arkansas senior-to-be Lucy Nunn finished with a 2-over 74 in round to finish at 12-over par for the tournament and did not make the cut, which was 1-under, in her first LPGA event.
The final round of the P&G Beauty NWA Championship will be aired on CBS from noon until 2pm, after that time the tournament will be shown until its’ completion live online at www.lpga.com
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