Two years in the past at the moment, Ana Belac was a senior on the Duke roster, serving to her Blue Devils work their manner by means of NCAA Championship week and finally to the nationwide title. Belac was an enormous a part of Duke’s seventh NCAA trophy – its first in match play – and hasn’t seemed again since charting her profession as an expert.
The 24-year-old from Slovenia completed first on the Symetra Tour cash record final yr, which earned her LPGA membership for the 2021 season in addition to a begin within the U.S. Women’s Open in December. Now, she’s lurking on an LPGA leaderboard.
After rounds of 70-67 on the Pure Silk Championship, Belac is tied for second with large names Jessica Korda and Stacy Lewis. They all path Australian Sarah Kemp by a shot at Kingsmill in Williamsburg, Virginia.
This is a very large week for Belac contemplating it’s the final week earlier than the primary reshuffle of the 2021 LPGA Tour season.
“It’s in the back of my mind,” Belac stated. “My ultimate goal, my life goal, is to play on the LPGA and do well here. I try not to think about it [the reshuffle] when I’m on the course and just play my game.”
Ana Belac waits on a inexperienced throughout the follow spherical on the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (Simon Bruty/USGA)
Belac had a gradual spherical with 5 birdies and a bogey. Korda, however, does what Korda does, and that’s create fireworks. She eagled the par-5 seventh and the par-5 fifteenth.
“I just try to put myself in the right positions, and luckily I was able to have a good amount of birdie opportunities and saved a good amount of par putts,” stated Korda on how her spherical went. “Obviously the eagles help. If you take those eagles away, I would’ve shot even par today, so eagles always help.”
Korda gained the season opening Tournament of Champions in January.
As for Kemp, a second-round 67 that included six birdies helped her get to six below and the solo lead.
“It was great. Had a really good warmup. I just felt really good,” stated Kemp who stated she slept nice the evening earlier than. “And sometimes you just feel like you’re going to play well, and it was one of those days. Hit some great shots. Made some putts. I didn’t miss a whole lot of fairways. Probably had under 30 putts, and that leads to 4-under.”
Paula Creamer, making her first LPGA begin since October 2019 this week, fired rounds of 76-74 to overlook the reduce by 5 photographs.