The Bay Area and Lake Merced Golf Club bared their collective teeth for the second round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic on Friday. The day brought wind, rain, another weather delay — rain instead of fog — and created yet more challenges to successful navigation of twisting, narrow fairways and greens that have slowed down. Stacy Lewis carded a 69 and with players still on the course looks to be the overnight leader with a -6, but Lydia Ko is right behind Lewis at -5. Ko and Karin Icher, also at -5, will start the third round of the Swinging Skirts sharing the second slot on the board and in hot pursuit of Lewis’s slender lead.
After their round Lewis and Ko reflected on the course, the conditions, and their game today under conditions that called for both patience and caution.
Lydia Ko also commented on her amazing 17th birthday present, being listed among the top 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. Ko was the only golfer to make Time’s 2014 list and one of only five athletes that included Jason Collins, center for the Brooklyn Nets, Richard Sherman, cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, tennis superstar Serena Williams (this is Williams’s second appearance on Time’s list), and Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Eight-time LPGA Player of the Year Annika Sorenstam authored Ko’s profile for Time, making very clear Ko’s power as a role model for youth:
She is responsible for sparking increased interest in our sport not just in her native South Korea and adopted homeland of New Zealand but also among juniors across the globe.
Ko joins LPGA stars Lorena Ochoa, Yani Tseng and Michelle Wie, who have all been listed in previous Time 100 Most Influential lists.
Stacy Lewis and Lydia Ko will continue their battle for the top of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic leaderboard Saturday morning. Although the pairings won’t be available until the second round is completed, they will most surely be paired in the final group.