Perth’s Maddison Hinson-Tolchard fired the equal low round of the week, a bogey-free seven-under 65, to finish second alone in the 36-hole stroke play phase at SentryWorld Golf Club in Stevens Point.
Hinson-Tolchard's seven-under total 137 was bettered only by Filipino Yuka Saso who was sublime with rounds of 65 and 67 to finish at 12 under.
Hinson Tolchard is into the match play for the second year in a row and feels more prepared to do better than her first-round exit last year.
“Last year was interesting with all the weather delays [due to fog], but the biggest thing I learned was that in match play scores don't matter,” said Hinson-Tolchard.
“You can have a double [bogey] and just need to move on. You can make it up on the next hole. In match play you can be a bit more aggressive.”
Sydney’s Grace Kim also advanced easily in a tie for 12th at even par following rounds of 73 and 71.
Kim's second round 71 was highlighted by a hole-out for eagle at the par-4 8th hole.
Both Hinson-Tolchard and Kim are chasing Australia's second US Junior Girls' title following on from Minjee Lee's win in 2012.
Good luck to all the girls competing in the U.S. Girls' Junior this week! That week was so special & a week I'll never forget. Enjoy the experience! pic.twitter.com/yBYUjlGQFW— Minjee Lee (@minjeegolf) July 23, 2019
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