Team USA established a three-shot lead over Canada at the midway point of the Copa de las Americas on Thursday, thanks in part to record-low rounds from Peter Uihlein and Jessica Korda.
Uihlein, a Walker Cupper and Oklahoma State standout who enters the tournament off a win at the Dixie Amateur on Dec. 22, shot 2-under 69 at Olivos Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Uihlein’s round ties for the lowest second-round score in Copa history. He shot 76 in Round 1.
“We still have two rounds to go, but how many shots did we make up on Argentina?” Uihlein said. “They are a good team. It shows how hard a four-man competition is.”
Fellow Walker Cup team member Nathan Smith contributed a 75 in Round 2 and is at 6-over 149 for the tournament. While the United States leads the overall team competition, Uihlein and Smith are one shot back of Canada in the men’s team competition. Washington senior Nick Taylor and North Carolina State junior Matt Hill combined for a 7-over 293 during the first two rounds to give Canada the lead.
Korda shot 3-under 69, the lowest second-round women’s score in Copa history. The 16-year-old leads the women’s field with a two-day score of even-par 144.
American Jennifer Song, a USC sophomore, shot 75 in Round 2. Korda and Song lead all women’s teams by four shots with their 7-over 295.
Colombia is two shots behind Canada in the overall team competition at 20-over 594, and Peru is in fourth at 26-over 600.
– The USGA contributed to this report