by Ronan MacNamara
Lauren Walsh by Golffile
Castlewarden's Lauren Walsh followed up her opening round 69 with a one-over 73 to drop to two-under for the championship at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M at Royal Golf Club.
The Wake Forest student who shone at the Women’s Open at Carnoustie, opened with a dropped shot before two birdies in three holes saw her turn in 35.
A further gain followed at the par-3 12th before she gave it back at the 15th.
Disaster struck for the Kildare native on her penultimate hole with a triple-bogey eight but she finished in gallant fashion with a closing birdie for the second straight day.
Walsh trails Julia Johnson of Ole Miss who is the runaway leader on ten-under after back-to-back 67s.
Johnson leads Calynne Rosholt and Walsh’s Curtis Cup teammate Hannah Darling.
Darling also shot a second round 73 to leave the Girls Amateur Champion needing something special to win the first event of the season.
Walsh still has plenty to play for as she is inside the top-9 with 18 to play. She is just one shot behind Wake Forest teammate Mimi Rhodes who is on -3.
This event allows Annika to stay connected with the players through the entirety of their careers, bridging the gap from junior to professional golf. In addition, a gala reception takes place before the event during which Annika presents the ANNIKA Award presented by Stifel to the nation’s best female player in college golf.
“This event offers a fantastic platform to expand my Foundation’s mission to establish greater playing opportunities for junior and college golfers alike,” said Annika, the 1991 NCAA Champion and co-player of the year.
“It’s great to see many of the girls who played in our ANNIKA Invitational junior series return to play with their college teams. We’re excited to work with 3M to make the ANNIKA Intercollegiate a ‘can’t miss’ kick-off to the NCAA golf season.”