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Laura Davies, Trish Johnson share U.S. Senior Women’s Open lead

WHEATON, Ill. — Laura Davies and Trish Johnson had a discuss avoiding double bogey at Chicago Golf Club within the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

Neither might do it, however Davies and Johnson recovered from tough spells early of their rounds on Friday to share the lead on the midpoint of the primary U.S. Golf Association championship for ladies 50 and older. Both stand at Four-under 142 heading into the weekend.

“I said to Laura yesterday, you have a chance to win if you don’t make doubles,” Johnson mentioned. “And of course, I made a double today and you’ve got to keep those off your card.”

Davies slipped again to even par for the event together with her double-bogey at No. 11 after beginning on the again 9. She fell again to par once more in a while her first 9 earlier than working collectively a stretch of 4 birdies in six holes to complete together with her second straight 71.

“I had a bit of a rude awakening on my second hole,” Davies mentioned. “Three-putt for a double bogey, so that was a nasty start.”

One of the longer hitters in her days on the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour, Davies did not really want the additional distance supplied by rock-hard fairways on the traditional prairie-style hyperlinks.

It helped simply the identical. And she nonetheless appears to have trademark size off the tee like when she was youthful.

“It’s about the same,” Davies mentioned. “The equipment is that much better than it was 20 years ago.”

Johnson additionally had a double-bogey after beginning on the again 9, however recovered and briefly gained sole possession of the lead with an eagle on the par-5 fourth gap.

“That (5-wood) was probably the best shot of the day, because that green is wicked,” Johnson mentioned. “Yeah, I hit it absolutely perfect, just pitched into the bank and up to about 10 feet and rolled it in. So that was a bonus.”

Johnson surrendered sole possession of the lead with a three-putt bogey on her last gap on the par-Four ninth.

Johnson is making an attempt to comply with up final 12 months’s victory within the PGA Senior Women’s Championship with a win in one other new main senior event.

She got here into her fourth event of the 12 months with a sore wrist and hand, however some bodily remedy helped.

“It wasn’t going to stop me from playing, but it seemed to feel a lot better today,” Johnson mentioned.

Juli Inkster is third at 1-under 145 after a 71. Danielle Ammaccapane fought again with a 71 after a tough first spherical and trails by 4 pictures.

Inkster mentioned youthful senior gamers are drawing inspiration from the best way a handful of seasoned seniors like JoAnne Carner, Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley and Sandra Palmer have managed to stroll the course and compete in tough circumstances on the 72-hole occasion.

Carner competed right here, shot her age (79) on Thursday however missed the lower after a second-round 83.

“They didn’t have to play — they wanted to play, and they want to support the Senior Open,” Inkster mentioned. “I think everybody wants to win this trophy so everybody is going to be trying really hard.”

First-round chief Elaine Crosby trails by six strokes after capturing a 5-over 78.

Information from The Associated Press was used on this report.

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