West Australian Hannah Green leads the way in 31st place and six shots the lead held by Bronte Law, Jacqui Concolino and Jennifer Song although two late bogeys in her round of 69 stole a little bit of gloss from her effort.
Green is in her second season on the LPGA Tour and after what had been a solid rookie season in 2018 she has taken a while to find her feet this year.
A 10th place at the Women’s Australian Open has been her best but she has shown a capacity to handle professional golf well especially with her impressive season on the Symetra tournament to even get to the LPGA Tour.
Former winner and current world number two, Minjee Lee, a fellow West Australian to Green, appeared to be working her way into contention with an early birdie but disaster would strike with a triple bogey at the 11th and, unable to fully recover, she finished with a round of 73 and at 1 under par she is eight shots from the lead in a share of 55th.
Karrie Webb and Robyn Choi were the other two to make the weekend, Webb a former winner of the event and Choi in her first season on the LPGA Tour.
Both recorded rounds of 69 to just squeeze in the field for the final 36 holes.
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