Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic: Aditi rises to 24th

The Indian produced five birdies in the back nine to be four-under through 12 holes.

Aditi Ashok, who shot two-under 70 on the first day, is now six-under.   -  Getty Images

India’s Aditi Ashok produced five birdies in the back nine to be four-under through 12 holes when play was stopped on account of inclement weather and fading light at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic here.

Aditi, who shot two-under 70 on the first day, is now six-under; she had moved up from Tied-58th to Tied-24th with six more holes to go. Playing alongside one of the legends of the game, Karrie Webb, who won her first Major long before Aditi was born, the Indian 19-year-old held her own as she started from the 10th.

She ran up four straight birdies from 12th to the 15th and added another on 17th. A dropped shot on first, on her second nine, saw her at four-under for the day and six-under for the tournament. Karrie Webb is on the cut line at three-under for the tournament. She is even par for 11 holes in second round and is on the green on 12th with a crucial putt.

Australia’s Katherine Kirk leads the field after the morning wave of players with an impressive round of eight-under 63. The veteran of 13 years on LPGA, Kirk is seeking her third career LPGA title. Three birdies and a bogey on the front nine turned out to be just a foothold for an even more impressive back nine. Kirk picked up a further five birdies and an eagle to get around the second nine in just 29 strokes and finish 36 holes at 13, three shots ahead of her current nearest competitors.

Jaye Marie Green (68-66) tops the American’s fighting to become the first name on the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic trophy. Also at 10-under is Sandra Gal, who is four-under for second round with five more holes to play.