Team Hot Shots takes lead with 61

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Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational 2023 R2
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July 21, 2023
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After finishing T15 at the 2022 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, Amelia Lewis and Paula Reto, aka Team Hot Shots, have returned to Midland, Michigan, and improved upon their string of great play at Midland Country Club.

This time last year, the duo sat at T12 with a total of 132 after a round each of foursomes and fourball play. This year, they lead the field at -14 thanks largely to a second-round 61, the second lowest round of the day. The duo got off to what they described as a “rough start” with a bogey on No. 2 and a weather delay that suspended their round early. But after a pep talk on No. 5, Reto holed out from the right side rough to earn an eagle for the team.

“I hit a little shot to the right. Everyone else was in the fairway. I was like, ‘It's okay. I got a good little line open to the flag…’ The wind was helping, so I hit one club less, and I hit it really strong, nice. ‘Okay, it's going to be close,’ and then, bang, one hop and then in the hole. So I was, like, okay, this could be the start of the birdie train,” Reto said, adding with a laugh, “Amelia picked up on the fairway.”

It was, in fact, a kickstart to a string of birdies for the team. The Hot Shots birdied Nos. 7, 8 and 9 to make the turn at 30, then added four more on 11, 12, 14 and 15 to finish -9 on the day. For Lewis, who has played primarily on the Epson Tour this year with just one LPGA Tour start at the Dana Open, this is the first post-round lead she has held on the LPGA Tour. Reto has been in this position a few times before, most notably when she won the 2022 CPKC Women’s Open.

In T2 heading into round three are Englishwoman Jodi-Ewart Shadoff and American Emma Talley, who shot the low round of the day with a bogey free 10-under 60. The two have played this event together three times with a best finish of T31. They are joined in second by last year’s runners up Matilda Castren and Kelly Tan, who improved upon their 2022 second-round score of 130 with a two-day, 13-under 127 this year.

“I think the biggest thing for us was the alternate shot yesterday because I felt like we played as well with best ball. I don't know what we shot (in 2022), but I felt like the alternate shot yesterday really was the difference between this year and last year,” Tan said.

Castren agreed, saying, “All we want to do is put ourselves in a good position. I think we can be really happy how we played yesterday and have that same kind of comfort level going into (foursomes) tomorrow.”

Thirty-seven teams made the cut at -3 and will be playing foursomes again on Friday. Notable teams to miss the cut are major champions Brooke Henderson and Lexi Thompson, 2023 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship winner Ruoning Yin and partner Xiaowen Yin, and Georgia Hall and Ryann O’Toole.

Jane Park, who returned to the LPGA Tour after almost two years away, missed the cut along with partner Paula Creamer. Park, who said this event may be her “swan song,” was determined to leave the LPGA Tour on her own terms after having to step away from the game due to her daughter’s health problems. Her daughter, Grace, suffered a series of undiagnosed seizures in 2021 when she was 10 months old and was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy.

Pos. TeamTo ParR1R2Total
1Paula Reto-146561126
Amelia Lewis
T2Jodi Ewart Shadoff-136760127
Emma Talley
T2Matilda Castren-136463127
Kelly Tan
4Celine Boutier-126563128
Yuka Saso
5Celine Borge-116564129
Polly Mack
T6Cheyenne Knight-106961130
Elizabeth Szokol
T6Sarah Schmelzel-106763130
Lindsey Weaver-Wright
T6Linnea Strom-106664130
Linnea Johansson
9Yu Liu-96665131
Ruixin Liu
T10Mi Hyang Lee-86963132
Jeongeun Lee5
T10Stacy Lewis-86864132
Maria Fassi
T10Caroline Inglis-86765132
Amanda Doherty
T13Ana Belac-77063133
Bianca Pagdanganan
T13Megan Khang-77063133
Alison Lee
T13Sarah Kemp-76964133
Alena Sharp
T13Yealimi Noh-76865133
Soo Bin Joo
T13Hae Ran Ryu-76865133
Yaeeun Hong
T13Jennifer Chang-76865133
Karen Chung
T19Jasmine Suwannapura-67064134
Cydney Clanton
T19Dewi Weber-66866134
Alexa Pano
T19Julieta Granada-66767134
Sofia Garcia
T22Pauline Roussin-57263135
Pernilla Lindberg
T22Yan Liu-57263135
Muni He
T22Jasmine Ly-57164135
Kimberly Dinh
T22Savannah Grewal-57164135
Annabelle Pancake
T22Haeji Kang-57164135
Tiffany Chan
T22Wichanee Meechai-57065135
Pavarisa Yoktuan
T22Sophia Schubert-56966135
Haylee Harford
T29Maddie Szeryk-47363136
Lauren Hartlage
T29Pornanong Phatlum-47165136
Dottie Ardina
T29Pajaree Anannarukarn-47066136
Aditi Ashok
T29Peiyun Chien-47066136
Yu-Sang Hou
T33Cristie Kerr-37364137
Kristy McPherson
T33Hannah Green-37166137
Su Oh
T33Daniela Darquea-37166137
Karis Davidson
T33Min Lee-36869137
Weiwei Zhang
T33Christina Kim-36869137
Lindy Duncan
T38Bronte Law-27563138
Mel Reid
T38Charlotte Thomas-27365138
Mariah Stackhouse
T38Brooke M. Henderson-27365138
Lexi Thompson
T38Luna Sobron Galmes-27266138
Magdalena Simmermacher
T38Ruoning Yin-27266138
Xiaowen Yin
T38Brittany Altomare-27167138
Kris Tamulis
T38Jaravee Boonchant-27068138
Gina Kim
T38Louise Ridderstrom-26969138
Sarah Jane Smith
T46Georgia Hall-17366139
Ryann O'Toole
T46Annie Park-17267139
Jennifer Song
T46Gabriella Then-17267139
Ilhee Lee
T46Aline Krauter-17267139
Ines Laklalech
T46Arpichaya Yubol-17168139
Chanettee Wannasaen
T51Dana FallPar7565140
Brianna Do
T51Samantha WagnerPar7565140
Maria Torres
T51Kiira RiihijarviPar7268140
Ellinor Sudow
Projected Cut
T54Mariajo Uribe+17665141
Valery Plata
T54Jing Yan+17467141
Kum-Kang Park
T54Riley Rennell+17368141
Rachel Rohanna
T57Jane Park+27567142
Paula Creamer
T57Laura Wearn+27567142
Alana Uriell
T57Marissa Steen+27468142
Allison Emrey
T60Paige Crawford+47866144
Madison Barnett
T60Bailey Davis+47371144
Christina Carroll
62Natalie Gulbis+57570145
Sydnee Michaels
63Jill McGill+67472146
Ashli Bunch
W/DJackie Stoelting
Katherine Perry-Hamski
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Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational 2023

Date: July 19th - 22nd 2023

Location: Midland Country Club, Midland, Michigan

Purse: $2,700,000

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