WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Angela Stanford has never missed the cut in nine trips to Kingsmill. She told a local reporter the LPGA could put this venue on the schedule five times in one season and she’d be happy.
“There’s absolutely nothing I don’t like about this place,” said Stanford, who currently shares the lead with Stacy Lewis, Cristie Kerr and 17-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn at 6 under. Stanford carded her second consecutive 3-under 68 on Friday at the Kingsmill Championship.
With the wind picking up in the afternoon, Stanford and Lewis, who have completed their rounds, have the advantage. Lewis also posted matching 68s.
“I was misreading some putts at the end,” said Lewis. “I don’t really know how to work on that. Maybe I’ll watch some of the coverage this afternoon and see if I can read the greens a little better.”
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Familiar face: Yani Tseng wasted no time in rehiring caddie Jason Hamilton as soon as he became available. Tseng broke it off with Hamilton immediately after last year’s U.S. Women’s Open when she shot 45 on the back nine Sunday at Blackwolf Run. She tried to hire back Hamilton a few weeks later but was three days late: Hamilton had already agreed to work for Na Yeon Choi.
After Choi decided to go in a different direction last month, Tseng swooped in.
“It has always been in my mind,” said Tseng, who still credited caddie Paul Fusco for helping her through some bad times in the last year.
Hamilton and Tseng won 16 times worldwide together in the span of two years. She hasn’t won since letting him go.
“I’ve been waiting a long time for him to get back because we were a great team,” said Tseng. She shot 69-72 in the first two rounds since their reunion.