With scores running high at Archerfield Links in East Lothian, Scotland, the long hitters took the top of the board at the Ladies Scottish Open today. Home town star Catriona Matthew took the lead, carding 67 for her 2nd round and securing a 3 shot lead over her closest challengers, Liz Young (England) and Anne-Lise Caudel(France).
Matthew started early today. With temperatures in the crisp 50s, sunny skies, and light winds Matthew, who started on 10, shot 34 on the back 9 and 33 on the front. Despite a couple of “silly bogies,” the 2011 Scottish Open champion shot low today and finished her round before the afternoon weather rolled in to complicate matters.
I played well and made a few putts today so very pleased. It’s still pretty windy, about the same as yesterday.
Catriona Matthew, on her 2nd round play at the Ladies Scottish Open
Liz Young, playing today with a heavily strapped ankle that she twisted yesterday while searching for a ball in the rough, began with a bogie but quickly got herself focused, and started collecting birdies. Young will tee off tomorrow highly motivated. Feeling positive about her day’s work, Young is looking at her first podium finish in her 5-year pro career.
I . . . holed some crucial putts for par and when I did miss the greens, got up and down and just one bogey on the card . . .
Liz Young, pleased with her 2nd round putting at the Ladies Scottish Open
Anne-Lise Caudel, winner of the 2008 Portugal Open and the 2011 German Open, carded 69 for the 1st round and even par for the 2nd, 3 birdies balancing out her bogies. Caudel and Young are both experienced links players and expect to press hard against Matthew’s 2nd round lead.
Carly Booth (Scotland), the defending champion, shot 73 again today and is +2 for the tournament. Those extra putts can get expensive.
Beth Allen, also at +2, is the only American to make the cut, which is set at +8. Allen, who completed LPGA Q School in 2005 and played briefly on the LPGA Tour, including the 2006 US Women’s Open, has played her pro golf exclusively on the LET and ALPG Tours for the last 5 years.
Weather in Eastern Scotland for the final round of the Scottish Open on Sunday could get a bit more challenging. Early morning sun will give way to cloudy skies and, of course, the winds will blow. Experienced links players like Catriona Matthew will definitely have the advantage.