Germany’s Masson hangs on to lead, and Stanford within striking distance

04/26/2013 8:45 PM

04/27/2013 1:09 AM

There is simply no time for Caroline Masson or Angela Stanford to dwell over the pivotal events that did or didn’t happen Friday in the North Texas LPGA Shootout.

The first LPGA event in Dallas-Fort Worth in more than a generation is, as Stanford pointed out, “anybody’s ballgame,” with 13 players within striking distance of Masson, who was merely happy to retain her first-round round lead after what happened down the stretch of her second round.

She extended her lead to as many as four strokes before bogeys on three of the last four holes sent her backward.

Masson’s even-par round left her with a two-round total of 7-under 135 on Las Colinas Country Club’s 6,410-yard layout.

The German led Carlota Ciganda by one stroke, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Kathleen Ekey and Inbee Park, the world’s top-ranked women’s player, by two entering Saturday’s third round.

Jutanugarn turned in the low round of the day, a 5 under 66.

“It’s a bit disappointing, but I played really solid,” Masson said. “You are always going to make some bogeys, you just have to accept that.

“An even-par round is fine.”

Well within sight in the rearview mirror is Stanford, the Fort Worth golfer who is four strokes back after posting a 1-under round that had her wondering what might have been because of what didn’t happen on her front nine.

After jumping out with birdies on her first two holes, 10 and 11, she again put herself in good position for birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 15 but couldn’t strike.

“Probably let one get away there,” said Stanford, the world’s 18th-ranked player who was paired with Park, who shot a 70. “I had a lot of opportunities on the front side; missed a chance to get in a better position.”

Stanford reached 5 under with a birdie on No. 13, but she recorded bogeys on 15 and 17.

The course played more difficult for the afternoon tee times as the steady daylong wind dried out the landscape, making it firmer and faster.

“I think I lost my patience there at the end,” said Stanford, who has played the par-5s at 3 under this week. “It’s a tough course with the greens and fairways being this firm and fast.”

Trouble off the tee got Masson sliding, starting on No. 15, when she hit into the water, followed by 16, when her ball strayed wide left. On 18, her second shot was obstructed by a tree.

“There were just some bad shots,” said Masson, who is looking for her first win in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour. “I have to stay patient… and don’t think about the lead.

“I still think I’m in pretty good shape.”

Learning young

High school qualifier Taylor Coleman fell back in the pack with a 6-over 77 on Friday, leaving her at the cut line of 3-over 145 for the tournament.

She’ll play this weekend, as will high school peer Haley Mills, a student at Jim McLean Junior Academy in Fort Worth who followed up a first-round 73 with an even-par 71 in the second round.

West ticket offer

Tournament officials announced Friday that residents of West will be granted free admission to weekend rounds. Those interested need only show a driver’s license at Will Call.

Complimentary parking is available at the Irving Convention Center, though the shuttle costs $5.

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