The cohesiveness of Alena Sharp and Sarah Kemp was exhibited in Thursday’s second round, best-ball play despite a lack of prep time prior to the LPGA Tour’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Midland, Mich.
“We did so well together as a team today. I think we had the same amount of birdies each and we saved each other for par a couple of holes. It was just ham and egg. It was so good,” said Sharp.
“It was a no-brainer to come back and do this again with Sharpy. We had a great time last year, and, yeah, we’re having a great time again this year,” added Kemp,
A nine-under 61 in best-ball put the team of Sharp and Kemp into a tie for third. At 10 under after two rounds, they are four shots off the lead going into Friday’s alternate shot play.
Sharp and Kemp didn’t get any prep time with the Wednesday start. Kemp arrived from an event in Spain on Monday, but her clubs didn’t show up until Tuesday evening.
“I wasn’t worried about not playing a practice round together. We did so well last year with our strategy,” said Sharp.
“We just figured we weren’t going to change it and started out really well. We did well (Wednesday) in the alternate shot, better than we did last year. I think that was helpful to not be behind the eight-ball today where you knew you had to go low,” she added.
The team of Maude-Aimee Leblanc and Sarah Schmelzel shot an eight-under 62 on Thursday.
At seven under through the first two rounds, Leblanc and Schmelzel are in a six-way tie for 16th, a group that includes the team of Maddie Szeryk and Kristy McPherson, who shot a 64 on Thursday.
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