Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational R2

Celine Boutier and Karine Icher cut right to the top of the leaderboard & tied for lead

July 18-20
Midland Country Club, Midland, Michigan
$2,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Boucher is the French word for Butcher, and playing as Team Boucher, the French team of Celine Boutier and Karine Icher cut right to the top of the leaderboard on Thursday.


After a 2-under 68 in Wednesday’s opening foursomes round, the duo combined for eight birdies in Thursday’s four-ball round at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational to enter the third round tied for the lead at -10.

Despite the wind and tricky hole locations on Thursday, Icher was confident in their strategy partly because her partner rarely makes mistakes. 

“The plan is to put always a ball in play, and then when you know you have a ball on the green, I mean the other one can go for it,” said Icher of their strategy for four-ball. “That’s the goal of four-ball. And my partner is so like very accurate, it’s so nice to rely on her because, you know, she’s going to be in the middle. So then you can take a little bit more risk. It worked pretty good. We stayed patient pretty much the whole course. It’s not an easy course. It was very windy today and tough pin positions.”

Each time one of them made a bogey, the other was in for at least par, and they finished with three straight birdies, including a long putt on 18 from Icher.

“I think overall it was a pretty good day,” said Boutier. “I feel like our games complement each other really well. When I was struggling a bit, she was there to save the team, and the opposite, so it was pretty good.”


From Royal Portrush and Kenyan Resort to the Great Lakes Bay region

With a lights-out 9-under 61 on Thursday, Stephanie Meadow and Giulia Molinaro vaulted up the leaderboard. Team M&M started the day in a tie for 12th after shooting 69 in Wednesday’s four-ball session. Meadow carded seven birdies and one bogey on Thursday to Molinaro’s four birdies, jumping the duo into a tie for the lead.

Molinaro gave the credit to Meadow’s hot putter, especially early in their round. “When one person’s not playing well, the other person’s going to pick up the slack,” said Molinaro, a born Italian who spent most of her life living on a Kenyan luxury resort before coming the United States at age 16.

This could line up to be an extra special week for Meadow, a native of Northern Ireland and a member of Royal Portrush Golf Club, the host of this week’s British Open. If she can’t be at her home course this week, at least she is tasting success in Michigan.

“It’s amazing to have the Open at Royal Portrush this year. It’s my home golf course and I wasn’t sure if we’d ever get it so it’s going to be spectacular to watch,” said Meadow, a graduate of the University of Alabama who now lives in Phoenix. “It’s a fantastic golf course. It’s got some amazing views. If the wind blows it’s going to play really tough.”

Both players are in search of their first career victories. Meadow would become the LPGA Tour’s first winner from Northern Ireland, while Molinaro would join Silvia Cavalleri (2007 Corona Championship) as the only Tour winners from Italy.

Creamer and Pressel partnership pays off in round 2

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Team Pink put on a clinic on their front nine during the second round of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel birdied six holes, finishing in a tie for first at -10. Nine straight pars on their back nine tested the patience of the dynamic duo, but Pressel said they still stuck to their strategy for the day.

“Our game plan for the whole day was two balls in play,” said Pressel. “Maybe a couple of holes we really did that well and that allows you to swing a little bit more freely and be more aggressive in best ball. I think we went at all the pins that we could, for sure.”

The friends said that this tournament feels like a preview for the Solheim Cup. Pressel, a veteran of five USA Teams, currently sits 27th on the U.S. Solheim Cup Team Rankings, with seven-time team member Creamer at 33rd. The U.S. Team will not be finalized until after the CP Women’s Open and while Solheim Cup points will not be awarded following this team event, Creamer said playing well the rest of the week is another opportunity to show Team Captain Juli Inkster they belong in Scotland come September.


“We would be lying if we weren’t thinking about that. But we’re a team, we’re kind of a little package deal with that. When we’re together, we always play really solid. That’s why we’ve always had a very good record with that,” said Creamer. “You know what happens, happens. Tomorrow’s not going to dictate that. We still have some events even after this one to try and get up there. But we’re playing to win this week and whatever happens, happens.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Stephanie Meadow
-10
69
61
130
Giulia Molinaro
T1
Celine Boutier
-10
68
62
130
Karine Icher
T1
Paula Creamer
-10
66
64
130
Morgan Pressel
T4
Tiffany Chan
-9
69
62
131
Peiyun Chien
T4
Kim Kaufman
-9
69
62
131
Kris Tamulis
T4
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-9
68
63
131
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
T4
Mirim Lee
-9
67
64
131
Amy Yang
T4
Cydney Clanton
-9
67
64
131
Jasmine Suwannapura
T4
Brooke M. Henderson
-9
65
66
131
Alena Sharp
T10
Simin Feng
-8
70
62
132
Ruixin Liu
T10
In Gee Chun
-8
69
63
132
Lydia Ko
T10
Eun-Hee Ji
-8
68
64
132
Hyo Joo Kim
T10
Na Yeon Choi
-8
68
64
132
Jenny Shin
T14
Celine Herbin
-7
73
60
133
Joanna Klatten
T14
Caroline Hedwall
-7
72
61
133
Anna Nordqvist
T14
Hee Young Park
-7
72
61
133
Jennifer Song
T14
Danielle Kang
-7
71
62
133
Lizette Salas
T14
Brittany Altomare
-7
70
63
133
Elizabeth Szokol
T14
Jin Young Ko
-7
67
66
133
Minjee Lee
T20
Megan Khang
-6
72
62
134
Annie Park
T20
Marina Alex
-6
70
64
134
Brittany Lang
T20
Yu Liu
-6
69
65
134
Angel Yin
T23
Cristie Kerr
-5
71
64
135
Lexi Thompson
T23
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
-5
71
64
135
Marissa Steen
T23
Muni He
-5
71
64
135
P.K. Kongkraphan
T23
Moriya Jutanugarn
-5
70
65
135
Ariya Jutanugarn
T23
Pernilla Lindberg
-5
70
65
135
Linnea Strom
T23
Mariajo Uribe
-5
70
65
135
Karrie Webb
T23
Jessica Korda
-5
68
67
135
Nelly Korda
T23
Robyn Choi
-5
67
68
135
Jaclyn Lee
T31
Tiffany Joh
-4
73
63
136
Jane Park
T31
Aditi Ashok
-4
72
64
136
Louise Stahle
T31
Jaye Marie Green
-4
72
64
136
Dani Holmqvist
T31
Lindy Duncan
-4
72
64
136
Ally McDonald
T31
Youngin Chun
-4
71
65
136
Alana Uriell
T31
Sarah Burnham
-4
71
65
136
Lindsey Weaver
T31
Clariss Guce
-4
71
65
136
Maddie McCrary
T31
Sarah Kemp
-4
70
66
136
Xiyu Lin
T31
Lauren Kim
-4
69
67
136
Sarah Schmelzel
T40
Jacqui Concolino
-3
73
64
137
Ryann O’Toole
T40
Lee Lopez
-3
72
65
137
Rachel Rohanna
T40
Katherine Kirk
-3
71
66
137
Amy Olson
T40
Laura Diaz
-3
71
66
137
Brianna Do
T40
Lori Beth Adams
-3
71
66
137
Kelly Tan
T40
Austin Ernst
-3
71
66
137
Bronte Law
T40
Louise Ridderstrom
-3
69
68
137
Lilia Vu
T47
Sandra Changkija
-2
74
64
138
Paula Reto
T47
Wichanee Meechai
-2
74
64
138
Pornanong Phatlum
T47
Dottie Ardina
-2
71
67
138
Pavarisa Yoktuan
T47
Su Oh
-2
69
69
138
Mel Reid
T51
Vicky Hurst
-1
74
65
139
Cindy LaCrosse
T51
Catriona Matthew
-1
73
66
139
Suzann Pettersen
T51
Sophia Popov
-1
73
66
139
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
T51
Stacy Lewis
-1
72
67
139
Gerina Piller
T51
Maria Fassi
-1
71
68
139
Jennifer Kupcho
T56
Daniela Darquea
E
75
65
140
Brittany Marchand
T56
Kristen Gillman
E
74
66
140
Lauren Stephenson
T56
Heather Bowie Young
E
71
69
140
Ashli Bunch
T56
Luna Sobron Galmes
E
71
69
140
Maria Torres
T60
Sandra Gal
1
78
63
141
Natalie Gulbis
T60
Kendall Dye
1
75
66
141
Kristy McPherson
T60
Isi Gabsa
1
75
66
141
Cheyenne Knight
T60
Becca Huffer
1
74
67
141
Amelia Lewis
T60
Silvia Cavalleri
1
73
68
141
Min Lee
T65
Dori Carter
2
77
65
142
Angela Stanford
T65
Dana Finkelstein
2
75
67
142
Mina Harigae
T67
Nasa Hataoka
3
79
64
143
Suzuka Yamaguchi
T67
Olafia Kristinsdottir
3
76
67
143
Cheyenne Woods
T67
Karen Chung
3
76
67
143
Christina Kim
70
Stephanie Kono
5
76
69
145
Erynne Lee
71
Elayna Bowser
10
77
73
150
Chaithra Katamneni
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