SYLVANIA, Ohio – Laura Diaz rallied for four birdies down the stretch to shoot a 2-under-par 69 for a three-stroke lead over Lydia Ko and Lee-Anne Pace after Friday’s second round of the Marathon Classic.
Diaz, who has devoted more time to her family than the LPGA Tour in recent years, led by four shots after shooting a bogey-free 62 in the opening round. She was at 11-under 131 entering the weekend.
Rookie Ko shot a second consecutive 67 to share second with South African Pace (68).
Jimin Kang (73), a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, was tied for 67th place at 1 over.
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Players with scores of 144 and worse missed the cut, a group that included former Washington Huskies players Anya Alvarez (73-73—146) and Louise Friberg (72-74—146).
• Chad Pfeifer, who lost his left leg above the knee serving in Iraq, earned a Stableford total of 24 points to take the first-round lead at the American Century Championship in Stateline, Nev.
Former NHL standout Jeremy Roenick (23 points) was in second place in the celebrity event, and Mark Rypien (22 points), ex-NFL and Washington State quarterback, was in third. LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam (21) was tied for fourth.
• Bill Lunde (10-under 61) and Zack Sucher (67) are tied for the lead at 15-under 127 after two rounds of the Web.com Tour’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco.
Former UW Husky Nick Taylor (68) was tied for sixth place at 11 under.