Indy Women in Tech Championship R2

Mi Jung Hur takes two-stroke lead

September 26-29
Brickyard Crossing Golf Club, Indianapolis, Indiana
$2,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Mi Jung Hur shot a 2-under 70 in windy conditions Friday to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

A day after opening with a bogey-free 63, Hur had six birdies — four on par 5s — along with two bogeys and a double bogey to get to 11 under at Brickyard Crossing, the layout that features four holes inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

“It was very windy out there,” Hur said. “It was tough conditions on the course with the down and hurting wind, but I tried to enjoy with the wind. Living in Texas, which this is like normal in Texas, so it helped me a lot when I practice with this kind of wind on the range.”


The South Korean player won the Ladies Scottish Open last month for her third LPGA Tour victory.

Sakura Yokomine of Japan was second, following an opening 65 with a 70.

“It was super windy today compared to yesterday, but I was managing to be able to shoot under par, so I was happy,” Yokomine said.


No expectation key for Torres

Almost two years ago, Maria Torres stormed on to the LPGA Tour by winning a three-hole aggregate playoff at the 2017 Final Qualifying Tournament to earn the final LPGA card available and become the first player from Puerto Rico to earn full membership on the LPGA Tour.

Year two on the LPGA Tour has proved more challenging for Torres, as she has missed six cuts in her last seven starts. She’s off to a hot start in Indianapolis, with back-to-back rounds in the 60s to head into the weekend tied for third at 7-under par.

Torres said the main thing she has tried to work on over the last few off-weeks was to stay present, not put pressure on herself and to “go with the flow.”

“I’ve been working on a lot, on I think everything,” Torres said. “My wedges, on my rhythm on the backswing, the tempo. Yeah, so on my putting, too, I’ve been working on that, and starting the ball good and having a good pace. So basically the entire game.”

As a racing fan, Torres is especially fond of this week’s venue inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While in town for the Cambia Portland Classic she witnessed her friend and compatriot Bryan Ortiz win the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup in Portland, and she jokingly told him: “Last week was your turn, now hopefully this is mine.


Olson back in the swing after taking break

Amy Olson needed a timeout from golf. Before the IWiT Championship, Olson said she only practiced about 10 hours total in the break she had after the Cambia Portland Classic. She said it was nice to take some time away from the game, and have “like, a normal life.” Olson showed no signs of rust though after posting a 36-hole score of 138, heading into the weekend five strokes off the lead in a tie for fifth.

“I feel like I’ve played well here,” said Olson, “I didn’t play great last year, but I really enjoy playing this course and coming here. This was kind of home for me the last two years, so that was a lot of fun.”

But back at her real home in North Dakota, no golf did not mean no work. Olson’s husband, Grant, is the linebacker’s coach at North Dakota State University. For the last four weeks, Amy has been baking for the 16 linebackers on the Bison’s squad. “Every time the team wins a game, the next Thursday the coaches’ wives make treats for their husband’s position group,” said Olson. “I was literally house-wifing.”

“I needed that, especially going into Asia, just having kind of a stretch still coming up here. It gets to be a long season,” said Olson yesterday after a first-round 66. “Being able to come out and still play well and know that sometimes what your body actually needs is rest and what your mind needs is rest, it’s just confirmation for me.”


Alex shows up against challenging wind

Marina Alex may have only shot a second-round 71, but it was enough to keep her in a tie for third heading into the weekend with Maria Torres at -7. Alex said it was a fight to the finish at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course playing against the test that the windy weather brought.

“Conditions were crazy, so much different than yesterday, ton of wind from the start to finish. Some tough hole locations out there, too, with just the wind direction and how you were trying to get to the hole was not that easy,” said Alex.

Alex said despite an unfortunate shot into the water on the par-3 seventh that led to a double bogey, she was happy to make enough birdies the rest of the day and play well on the par-5s.

“It’s a challenge for sure, I enjoy it. It’s just exhausting, though,” said Alex. “At least I’ll get to sleep in. If it’s windy again, I’ll probably feel a little more refreshed. Right now I’m ready to shut it down.”


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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Mi Jung Hur
-11
63
70
133
2
Sakura Yokomine
-9
65
70
135
T3
Maria Torres
-7
69
68
137
T3
Marina Alex
-7
66
71
137
T5
Tiffany Chan
-6
73
65
138
T5
Kendall Dye
-6
69
69
138
T5
Amy Olson
-6
66
72
138
T5
Pornanong Phatlum
-6
66
72
138
T9
Clariss Guce
-5
71
68
139
T9
Caroline Masson
-5
69
70
139
T9
Megan Khang
-5
69
70
139
T9
Ally McDonald
-5
67
72
139
T9
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-5
67
72
139
T9
Chella Choi
-5
67
72
139
T15
Katherine Kirk
-4
72
68
140
T15
Anna Nordqvist
-4
70
70
140
T15
Peiyun Chien
-4
69
71
140
T15
Inbee Park
-4
69
71
140
T15
Georgia Hall
-4
69
71
140
T15
Ryann O’Toole
-4
68
72
140
T15
Nicole Broch Larsen
-4
68
72
140
T15
Alena Sharp
-4
68
72
140
T15
Mirim Lee
-4
67
73
140
T15
Bronte Law
-4
65
75
140
T15
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-4
65
75
140
T26
Christina Kim
-3
72
69
141
T26
Mariah Stackhouse
-3
71
70
141
T26
Amy Yang
-3
71
70
141
T26
Gemma Dryburgh
-3
71
70
141
T26
Pavarisa Yoktuan
-3
70
71
141
T26
Sarah Schmelzel
-3
70
71
141
T26
Yu Liu
-3
70
71
141
T26
Brooke M. Henderson
-3
69
72
141
T26
Brittany Lang
-3
68
73
141
T26
Cheyenne Woods
-3
68
73
141
T26
Cheyenne Knight
-3
68
73
141
T26
Caroline Hedwall
-3
68
73
141
T26
Lauren Stephenson
-3
67
74
141
T39
Katherine Perry
-2
72
70
142
T39
Xiyu Lin
-2
71
71
142
T39
Sarah Kemp
-2
71
71
142
T39
Ruixin Liu
-2
70
72
142
T39
Alison Lee
-2
70
72
142
T39
Jasmine Suwannapura
-2
69
73
142
T39
Anne van Dam
-2
68
74
142
T46
Giulia Molinaro
-1
72
71
143
T46
Austin Ernst
-1
72
71
143
T46
Azahara Munoz
-1
72
71
143
T46
Jennifer Song
-1
71
72
143
T46
Karine Icher
-1
71
72
143
T46
Madelene Sagstrom
-1
71
72
143
T46
Hyo Joo Kim
-1
70
73
143
T46
Ashleigh Buhai
-1
69
74
143
T46
Angel Yin
-1
69
74
143
T46
Sarah Burnham
-1
69
74
143
T46
Daniela Darquea
-1
68
75
143
T57
Morgan Pressel
E
76
68
144
T57
Su Oh
E
74
70
144
T57
Lydia Ko
E
73
71
144
T57
Hannah Green
E
73
71
144
T57
Mi Hyang Lee
E
73
71
144
T57
Klara Spilkova
E
72
72
144
T57
Cydney Clanton
E
72
72
144
T57
Jing Yan
E
72
72
144
T57
Ayako Uehara
E
72
72
144
T57
Brittany Altomare
E
71
73
144
T57
Louise Ridderstrom
E
71
73
144
T57
Erica Shepherd (a)
E
70
74
144
T57
Emma Talley
E
69
75
144
T57
Eun-Hee Ji
E
68
76
144
T71
Ariya Jutanugarn
1
74
71
145
T71
Moriya Jutanugarn
1
73
72
145
T71
Wei-Ling Hsu
1
73
72
145
T71
Jacqui Concolino
1
73
72
145
T71
Na Yeon Choi
1
73
72
145
T71
Kim Kaufman
1
72
73
145
T71
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
1
71
74
145
T71
Cristie Kerr
1
71
74
145
T71
Linnea Strom
1
71
74
145
T71
Jane Park
1
71
74
145
T71
In Gee Chun
1
71
74
145
T71
Jaye Marie Green
1
69
76
145
T83
Alana Uriell
2
77
69
146
T83
Celine Herbin
2
74
72
146
T83
Elizabeth Szokol
2
74
72
146
T83
Charley Hull
2
73
73
146
T83
Lauren Kim
2
73
73
146
T83
Dottie Ardina
2
72
74
146
T83
Lindsey Weaver
2
71
75
146
T83
Maria Fassi
2
71
75
146
T83
Kris Tamulis
2
71
75
146
T83
Jenny Shin
2
69
77
146
T93
Charlotte Thomas
3
76
71
147
T93
Lexi Thompson
3
76
71
147
T93
Pajaree Anannarukarn
3
75
72
147
T93
Kristen Gillman
3
74
73
147
T93
Danielle Kang
3
74
73
147
T93
Jeong Eun Lee
3
73
74
147
T93
Shanshan Feng
3
72
75
147
T93
So Yeon Ryu
3
72
75
147
T93
Sei Young Kim
3
72
75
147
T93
Sung Hyun Park
3
70
77
147
T93
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
3
70
77
147
T104
Paula Creamer
4
76
72
148
T104
Lee Lopez
4
75
73
148
T104
Lindy Duncan
4
74
74
148
T104
Muni He
4
73
75
148
T104
Youngin Chun
4
72
76
148
T109
Jennifer Kupcho
5
75
74
149
T109
Dana Finkelstein
5
75
74
149
T109
Mina Harigae
5
75
74
149
T109
Gerina Piller
5
74
75
149
T109
Gaby Lopez
5
73
76
149
T109
Haeji Kang
5
73
76
149
T109
Suzuka Yamaguchi
5
72
77
149
T109
Angela Stanford
5
72
77
149
T109
Pernilla Lindberg
5
71
78
149
T118
Annie Park
6
77
73
150
T118
Kaeli Jones
6
76
74
150
T118
Hee Young Park
6
76
74
150
T118
P.K. Kongkraphan
6
75
75
150
T118
Jenny Haglund
6
74
76
150
T118
Marissa Steen
6
73
77
150
T118
Isi Gabsa
6
72
78
150
T118
Wichanee Meechai
6
70
80
150
T126
Brianna Do
7
75
76
151
T126
Tiffany Joh
7
74
77
151
128
Annabelle Pancake (a)
8
76
76
152
T129
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
11
78
77
155
T129
Brittany Marchand
11
77
78
155
131
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
12
83
73
156
WD
Stephanie Meadow
76
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