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September 1, 2017 Scott Burton
Three-way Tie For First as Lewis Goes Low For Houston
Stacy Lewis pledges tournament earnings to support her hometown
PORTLAND, OR – Less than 24 hours after committing her Cambia Portland Classic earnings to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, Houston resident Stacy Lewis fired a second round 64 to climb up the leaderboard Friday at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
“That was the goal to start the week, was to take a big check home. You know, that’s still the goal. Now I’m in a good spot to do that,” said Lewis.
Lewis started the day tied for 36th, but wouldn’t remain there for long. Five birdies on the front side sent her racing to the top of the leaderboard early in the day. The gallery quickly grew around Lewis, realizing more than golf was on the line.
“For sure. I think just you have a lot of good positive momentum on your side, a lot of people cheering for you,” said Lewis. “A lot of people were encouraging because they want to see you do well and because they want to see that big check go to Houston.”
Lewis stands to bring home $195,000 with a Cambia Portland Classic win.
“It would honestly probably be one of the most special. It would probably be up there with a major.”
With Lewis in the clubhouse, two-time defending champion Brooke Henderson started off slow with three birdies offset by two bogies on her front nine. But on the 337-yard par 4 eleventh, her approach into the green found the hole for an eagle to jumpstart her round.
“It was pretty cool. It was a really tough shot, and to see it go in just made me really happy. That kind of changed my day, said Henderson. “I was able to go I guess 4-under par after that point, which was really important.”
Henderson followed with birdies at twelve, fourteen and fifteen to take the lead. But, a bogey at sixteen slowed the momentum with Henderson finishing the day tied for first at ten-under-par.
Not to be outdone, round one leader and LPGA Tour rookie, In Gee Chun bounced back from an opening hole bogey to post an otherwise clean card, and a 68 to maintain a share of the lead. Chun’s back to back birdies on fifteen and sixteen were crucial as she came down the stretch. A win for Chun would be her first on the LPGA tour.
Third round play resumes Saturday with 74 players making the cut at -1 or better.