Blustery conditions won day 2 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open 2014 at Archerfield Links yesterday.
Only eight players were able to shoot under the card for the day as the back 9 swallowed many opportunities.
English stalwart Trish Johnson used her years of experience in the tough conditions to give her a buffer going into the final round. Trish backed up her -6 from day one with a well-earned -2. She sits atop on the leader board with an inspiring -8, a clear 6 shots ahead of her nearest competitors.
The relentless conditions seemed to inspire Australian, Rebecca Artis, who handled the back 9 with ease. She fought back tirelessly, shooting 69 for the day after posting a disappointing first round score. Rebecca climbed into the top 10 to join fellow Australian, Stephanie Na, who is sitting comfortably in equal 5th place.
Although not in the running for the title this year, Scotland’s Catriona Matthew could make amends and fight back into top 20 with a solid performance.
Sally Watson, the only Scot to be able to post an under par round on day 2, sits in equal second place with French woman Gwladys Nocera.
A shot further back , also from France, is Anne-Lise Caudal who would be disappointed after making the turn at -2, gave way to the prevailing winds, handing back 4 shots to the filed. Caudal will not let that get her down and will fight back strong alongside Nocera, jockeying for position in the last round.
After posting a first round that she would rather forget, Laura Davies started day 2 with a flurry of birdies. She was -4 after 6 holes. That cushion soon was cut back before the turn where her misfortune continued on 11, 12 and 16. In true Davies style, she birdie the last to close out a 73. Laura is in a tie for 46th place but can make a dent if she repeats the brilliant start in the final round.
With only 4 players under par and Trish Johnson at -8, holding a 6 shot lead, it would be fair to say she will run away with the victory. With ISPS Handa Order of Merit points up for grabs, there will be a scramble for the minor positions.