Kayla Benge of Plainfield, Ind. shot an even-par, 72 in the second round of the IWGA State Amateur to take a two shot lead over Julia Potter-Bobb at Hillview Country Club.
Benge came into the second round trailing Potter-Bobb by one shot, but after a 3-over-par from Potter-Bobb, Benge now finds herself atop the leaderboard headed into tomorrows final round.
Benge got her day started with a birdie on the par-4 1st
, while Potter-Bobb bogeyed. This gave Benge the lead on the day, one she would not relinquish throughout her round.
In yesterday’s round Benge only had one bogey, but today she had three.
“I missed two putts inside three feet today, which were my bogey holes,” Benge said. “They were unnecessary misses so I just need to clean that up for tomorrow.”
Besides the two short misses, Benge said she played just as well as she did in her first round.
Four time IWGA State Amateur champion Potter-Bobb struggled to gain any momentum in her round, as she only had one birdie on the day. In yesterdays round, she played the par-5’s in 4-under-par including a hole out eagle on the second hole, but today she played them 1-over-par.
“Everything was a little bit off and it felt like I was fighting it all day,” Potter-Bobb said. “As much as I am upset about by 75 I also know it could have been a lot worse.”
Heading into tomorrow’s round, Potter-Bobb believes it will take an under-par round to capture her 5th
State Amateur title.
“It’s just going back to my game plan I had yesterday of where I have to hit greens and give myself chances,” Potter-Bobb said. “I had about three or four lip outs so I need to work on that and fine tuning some things for tomorrow.”
Benge, an incoming freshman at Xavier University, says a win this week will be huge for her.
“It would give me a lot of confidence especially heading into a couple of national tournaments in July,” Benge said. “But I have got to take it one shot at a time and play my best game that I’ve got tomorrow.”
Tee times will begin tomorrow starting at 8:00 A.M. off of holes one and ten. The field has been grouped into six flights for tomorrow.
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