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Broze opens the lead to two shots at the Copper Rock Championship | LPGA

A bogey-free, 4-under 68 in the second round of the Copper Rock Championship propelled Emma Broze into the lead after 36 holes at the Copper Rock Golf Course in Hurricane, Utah. The Oklahoma State University alum takes a two-shot lead in the final round at 3 under par.

After battling gusty winds on Thursday, conditions turned cold and rainy on Friday.

“I knew it would be tough, so I tried to stay dry and keep my cool,” said Broze, who hasn’t given up a bogey in 25 straight holes. “I had good course management, that was key.”

Broze earned his first professional victory last year as an Epson Tour rookie at the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic. This tournament has been shortened to 36 holes due to unplayable course conditions, so it will be a new setting for Broze.

“It will be a great test,” Broze said. “Last year, the tournament I won [in New York] was cut two days short and I didn’t feel any pressure. I think it’s going to be exciting to experience that. »

Kim Kaufman, the 18-hole point guard, managed to shoot 73 despite a rocky start to her second round. The three-time Epson Tour champion sits 1 under.

“I’m super happy to still be in contention, especially after going 4 on seven holes,” said Kaufman, who had a bogey-free performance the rest of the way with three birdies. “It was so hard at first and I was just in a bad mood. Rain, wind, cold, and it’s already a hard walk, so I got to No 8 and said let’s do it. good shots. It worked and even made a few birdies, which was great.

“If the weather is nice tomorrow [like they’re saying]then you have to take the mindset of making birdies instead of just surviving.

Amelia Garvey and Kiira Riihijarvi each carded a 72 on Friday to join Kaufman in a tie for second place. Laetitia Beck (73) completes the top five at 1-over par.

Haley Sturgeon, a Utah native and tournament sponsor exemption, recorded a 4 of 76 to miss the weekend, while defending champion Bailey Tardy also left early after a second-round 75. A total of 60 players made the cut of 8 on par.

QUICK QUOTES

Jaravee Boonchant (+2, T6) on Eagle at No. 3 and making his first start on the Epson circuit:

“I hit a really good tee shot into the fairway and had 142 yards, a little downwind. I pulled out my 8 iron and hit a short draw, then I saw it fall and I was like, ‘Okay, I’ll take it.’ My distance control was good and the wind habit helped me. I was informed that I arrived at the course on Tuesday morning and was still in Thailand, so I flew here and yesterday’s round was my first time seeing the course.

Gabriela Ruffels (+3, T12) on her par 66 6-under in the second round:

“I didn’t think I was too far yesterday and the conditions were a bit easier today. I didn’t think I could drive the green [on No. 10], but I managed a good drive and a perfect line. When I got up there it was maybe 25 feet and I made the putt. You don’t often do the eagle, so that was cool. I hope the weather will be even better tomorrow and I can have another good one.

Tess Hackworthy (+9, MC) on her par-3 4th hole-in-one with a 9 iron from 120 yards:

“I was between clubs and decided to hit the 9 iron. I had nothing to lose and was just looking to shake things up. It wasn’t the strongest shot I’ve ever had. hit and he landed right in front of the green. He had to jump and go in. I sure heard him but didn’t see him. I was playing with Jessica Welch, and she got there first. She threw one look and said, “Oh my God, it’s in the hole.” It was exciting and it started a good run for me with birdie-birdie after that.