Apr
29
2011
Birdie Spree Propels Gal to the Lead at Avnet LPGA Classic
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Sandra Gal hopped on the birdie train on Friday

Sandra Gal rolled in five birdies in the last eight holes to fire a five-under 67 for a one-shot lead over Amy Yang at the Avnet LPGA Classic in Mobile, Alabama. Gal, who won the Kia Classic last month, posted a two-day total of seven-under. After the round, she popped by the Royal Wedding Reception at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. I found this picture, via the LPGA’s website, rather humorous:

Sandra Gal holds Great Britain's flag proudly...wait, she's German!

Remember, Gal is German! What’s she doing waving Great Britain’s flag?! Well, I guess it was Royal Wedding day, so I’m sure fellow Germans will excuse her.

“Obviously, I’m playing well,” Gal said. “I’m just enjoying myself out there. I mean, I’m not doing anything really different. I’ve been playing solid since the end of last year. Just winning, you know, I think you get more comfortable at the top. Being in the lead is something. You know, to be there and feel comfortable there, so that’s probably the difference now.”

Stacy Lewis, who won the Kraft Nabisco for her first major victory, came in with a two-day total of five-under, which puts her at tied for third as the low American.

“I scrambled around and just got the ball in the hole, and was pretty happy shooting 1 under,” Lewis said. “It was just kind of up and down all day. I just had to fight.”

Meanwhile, defending champ Se Ri Pak, who has won four times at Magnolia Grove, is three strokes back at four-under, along with four others, including Suzann Pettersen.

Michelle Wie missed the cut after shooting scores of 76-72. Mind you, she took a midterm on Thursday!

Needless to say, she might have been a little distracted on Thursday. As someone who’s experienced taking college exams during tournaments, I’ll clue you in on a little secret — it sucks. Something has to give because it’s tough to focus on both, especially the golf (at least for me and Michelle seems to take her studies pretty seriously). I’ll give Michelle a pass on this MC. She tweeted her feelings: “Really disappointed in myself this week. But all u can do is to look forward to the next one. Gonna use these next 2 weeks to really grind.”

World no. 1 Yani Tseng also had a tough week, carding 77-72 to miss the cut.

(AP Photo/Press-Register, Mike Kittrell)