Aditi Ashok finds form, lies T-9 provisionally in LPGA Classic

Aditi Ashok is now seven-under with two holes from second round left to play and is provisionally Tied-ninth at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Aditi Ashok, who has had a less than modest season so far and only one top-10 finish, was bogey free through the 16 holes she played at Meijer LPGA Classic. (File Photo)   -  AFP

Aditi Ashok seemed headed for what could be her best round of the 2019 season as she was six-under through 16 holes in the second round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Aditi was one of the 28 players who were unable to finish their second round on Friday, as the backlog from the first day -- when seven hours were lost to inclement weather -- delayed matters.

She has had a less than modest season so far and only one top-10 finish, which came on the Ladies European Tour early this year in Abu Dhabi, but the 21-year-old was bogey free through the 16 holes she played. She had earlier finished her first round in one-under 71. She is now seven-under with two holes from second round left to play and is provisionally Tied-ninth.

Aditi birdied first, fourth, eighth, ninth, 12th and 16th. Two of her birdies came on par-5s and she has one more on 18th coming up.

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Meanwhile Brooke Henderson opened a three-stroke lead after playing 30 holes on Friday.

Henderson completed an 8-under 64 in the rain-delayed first round and shot another 64 in the second round at Blythefield Country Club.

She finished play late Thursday with a hole-in-one on the 15th. Henderson birdied five of the final six holes in the second round to break the tournament 36-hole record she set in 2017 by two strokes.

The 21-year-old Henderson successfully defended her Lotte Championship title in April in Hawaii for her eighth LPGA Tour victory.

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Brittany Altomare was second at 13 under after rounds of 66 and 65. She played 31 holes Friday. Jennifer Kupcho shot 67-67 to reach 10 under, playing 29 holes Friday. Jenifer won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in April and the NCAA individual title last year.

Annie Park was 9 under with a hole left when play was suspended because of darkness. Twenty-eight players were unable to finish.