ANGELA PARK SHOT A 68 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Helen Alfredsson heading into the weekend at the Evian Masters in France. Alfredsson fired a nine-under 63 in the second round.
Cristie Kerr is in a five-way tie for third after a 66. The group includes veteran Juli Inkster.
Just four shots off the lead is Lorena Ochoa, who followed her opening 65 with a one-over 73. Paula Creamer and Annika Sorenstam are also within striking distance, but they’ll need solid rounds on Saturday to move into contention.
While I’ve enjoyed the new faces and winners on the LPGA Tour, I’m disappointed that the Lorena-Annika duel hasn’t had any traction so far this summer. Too bad, especially if Annika really is calling it quits for good.
Maybe Ochoa can come out of her funk in time to put on a strong title defense next week at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
−The Armchair Golfer