Kristen Park of Buena Park, California, pitched in from 15 yards to eagle the 505 yard par 5, 9th hole (Kristen’s 18th) to grab a share of the lead with last week’s U.S. Women’s Pub Links Champion Emily Tubert at 2 over par 146.
Kristen told her coach, George Pinnell, “this is the hardest golf course I have ever played”! This is quite a statement for a 4 time Rolex Junior All-American who has won the U.S. Girls Junior Championship and played in 2 U.S. Women’s Open’s as well as 2 Junior Solheim Cup’s! The Blessing’s Course, located in Johnson, Arkansas play’s to near 6300 yds and has a women’s course rating of 77.9 and a slope of 148. The course had many victim’s in the first 2 day’s. The number 2 ranked girl in the nation shot 79/90 to miss the cut!
Kristen’s pair of 73’s, consisted of 3 birdie’s and 4 bogie’s in the first round and 1 birdie 4 bogie’s and the eagle on her closing hole of the second day.
The nation’s number 1 ranked player Victoria Tanco shot 83 in the first round and today had a hard charging 66 with 6 birdie’s and no bogies. The final two round’s should be a shoot-out with all of the top player’s in the U.S. vying for the coveted Rolex Tournament of Champion’s victory.