AAP Golf

Morgan, Creamer tied for LPGA teams lead

By AAP Newswire

Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer shot a best-ball six-under 64 on Thursday for a share of the second-round lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA Tour's first-year team event.

Stephanie Meadowand Giulia Molinaro had a 61, and Frenchwomen Celine Boutier and Karine Icher shot 62 to match Pressel and Creamer at 10-under 130 at Midland Country Club.

The teams will play alternate shot Friday and close Saturday with a best-ball round.

"You have two balls in play, you can play much more aggressively," Pressel said. "I know I certainly could play aggressively knowing my partner had my back the whole way around."

Trying to get into the US Solheim Cup mix, Pressel and Creamer birdied six of the last eight holes on their opening nine - the course's back nine - then parred the last nine.

"Morgan played awesome on the back nine, which was our front nine," Creamer said. "I couldn't really get anything going on this side. But we've got two more days left so we're not in bad position by any means. It wasn't our 'A'-game today, but still very pleased with where we're sitting."

Meadow, from Northern Ireland, and Molinaro, from Italy, had eight birdies in a 10-hole stretch, making five straight on Nos. 5-9.

Boutier and Icher birdied four of the five and closed with three straight birdies.

Canadians Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp, the first-round leaders after a 65 in alternate-shot play, had a 66 to fall a stroke back with Kim Kaufman-Kris Tamulis (62), Tiffany Chan-Peiyun Chien (62), Pajaree Anannarukarn-Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras (63), Mirim Lee-Amy Yang (64) and Cydney Clanton-Jasmine Suwannapura (64).

Australia's Minjee Lee and her partner Jin Young Ko, who were joint third after the first round, are three behind the leaders in a tie for 14th.

A further two shots behind in 23rd are the teams of Karrie Webb and Mariajo Uribe, and Robyn Choi and Jaclyn Lee.