4th April 2015 | Sunshine Ladies Tour
Pace, Reto make ANA Inspiration weekend
South Africaâ€™s Lee-Anne Pace pulled off an impressive second round performance at Mission Hills Country Club in California to play herself into weekend in the seasonâ€™s first Major, the at the ANA Inspiration.
The two-time Investec Cup for Ladies champion was in serious danger of missing the cut after a disappointing five over 77 in the first round.
However, Pace rallied with a hat-trick of birdies over the closing holes at the famed Dinah Shore Course to save her championship with an impressive three-under-par 69 on Friday.
The Pearl Valley golfer turned one under after two birdies and a bogey. She notched two more birdies immediately after the turn, stumbled with a double bogey at the par-four 12th, but produced the hat-trick of birdies at the end to finish a stroke above the cut, set at three-over-par 147.
The Pearl Valley golfer shares joint 55th two over 146 with seven players, including reigning Ricoh British Womenâ€™s champion Mo Martin and 2014 US Womenâ€™s Open winner Michelle Wie.
Fellow South African Paula Reto carded rounds of 74 and 73 to make her second Major weekend, having tied for 48th in the KPMG Womenâ€™s PGA Championship last year.
Meanwhile Koreaâ€™s Sei Young Kim fired a seven under 65 to take the 36-hole lead at seven-under-par 137.
Kim, who broke through for her maiden win in the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic earlier this season, leads by two strokes from overnight pacesetter Morgan Pressel from the United States.
American Brittany Lincicome, the 2009 champion, carded a 68 to tie for third with Koreaâ€™s Jenny Shin and Scotlandâ€™s Catriona Matthew at four under, while defending champion Lexi Thompson and fellow American Stacy Lewis, the 2011 champion, headline a group of seven players tied for sixth at three under.
World number one Lydio Ko tied Annika Sorenstamâ€™s record 29 consecutive rounds under par on the LPGA Tour with a one under 71 on Thursday.
However, 17-year-old New Zealand teenagerâ€™s streak came to an end with a second-round 73 and finished in a tie for 30th on even-par 144.
SECOND ROUND â€“ Top 10, plus SA players
137 Sei Young Kim KOR 72 65
139 Morgan Pressel USA 67 72
140 Brittany Lincicome USA 72 68; Catriona Matthew SCO 71 69; Jenny Shin KOR 71 69
141 Stacy Lewis USA 72 69; Angela Stanford USA 72 69; Lexi Thompson USA 72 69; Shanshan Feng CHI 71 70; Moriya Jutanugarn THA 71 70; Â Â Mirim Lee KOR 71 70; So Yeon Ryu KOR 69 72
146 Lee-Anne Pace RSA 77 69
147 Paula Reto RSA 74 73
PHOTO â€“ Lee-Anne Pace; credit Justin Klusener