Aditi Ashok swings well enough to balance her mistakes on a tough day at Wilshire Country Club, shooting a 1-under 70 to take a one-shot lead after round two of the LA Championship on Friday.
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Aditi Ashok holed a sand wedge from about 85 yards on the fly at the par-5 15th, part of a three-hole heat that included five bogeys during an up-and-down round. She shot 6-under 136 in round two, one shot ahead of Cheyenne Knight (69), Hannah Green (69), and Pernilla Lindberg (70).
India’s 25-year-old Ashok had his father in the bag, and there was a lot of buzz ahead of her best shot of the day. “It was kind of an in-between number, so we were almost trying to hit the next wedge because there’s water short of the green, but I decided to hit that one a little more full, and we got the number exactly right because it landed in the hole. So we’re like, OK, maybe it’s not a bad number.” Aditi Ashok said.
Aditi Ashok, ranked 90th in the world, birdied the par-4 fifth but finished with bogeys at the 7th and 9th. “I think some of the misses here can be really brutal. A couple of the par-3s I missed them on the long side, like left on 18 today, and I basically had no shot. I was basically making up-and-down for bogey.” She added. While Green, who had four birdies and two bogeys, said Wilshire tests players’ patience.
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Meanwhile, Sarah Kemp (68), Linnea Strom (70), and Alison Lee (71) were two shots back on the leaderboard a bunch away. First-round leader Linnea Johansson was in the group at three under after a 75. There were 21 players within four shots of the lead, including world No. 1 Nelly Korda and third-ranked Jin Young Ko, both at 2 under. While at Kyung, Kim made a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th and was even on par. A week after winning her first major at the Chevron Championship, Southern California native Lilia Vu shot a 2-over 75 and missed the cut by one shot.