For Stacy Lewis, last week’s Marathon LPGA Classic ended on a high note. She closed the week at Highland Meadows in Sylvania, Ohio, with a 6-under 65 (that left her inside the top 10) and felt like it could have been much lower.
Lewis said she was feeling reenergized after making a posture change in her golf swing. A week later and an ocean away, it sure is looking that way. Lewis fired a 5-under 66 on Friday at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland, to take a share of the second-round lead at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open.
Azahara Munoz is also at 5 under after rounds of 68-69 at the Renaissance Club.
“I finished really good in Toledo. Hit it awesome the last day,” Lewis said. “The golf swing has felt better every single day. I truly love playing in Scotland. I love links golf. All the different shots you get to hit, the different weather. You have to battle the elements which we did yesterday. I was just more than anything excited to come play some golf.”
Lewis won the Women’s British Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews in 2013. She’s always had a love for links golf and credited her caddie at the 2008 Curtis Cup at St. Andrews as being the one who truly taught her some of the nuances to playing that style of course.
“He picked out all these shots for me and helped me visualize things,” she said. “I really think it was the experience with him and playing the Old Course as many times as we did last week is what made me fall in love with it.”
This two-week stint in Scotland is only the second two-week span Lewis has ever spent away from daughter Chesnee, who is not quite 2 years old. Lewis also took an extended leave last year to play the Evian Championship and the Women’s British Open.
With her daughter another year older, FaceTime goes a little smoother.
“Now it’s actually fun on FaceTime because as soon as my face pops up, she says ‘Mama’ and she’s all excited,” Lewis said. “She’s showing me all her toys and all the stuff she’s getting into.
“It’s not full-blown conversations yet, but she at least knows I’m there and understands that I’m on the phone and talking to her. It makes it a lot easier being here.”
Behind the leaders, Jennifer Song is solo third at 4 under. Olivia Cowan and Amy Olson share fourth at 3 under and then it’s a crew of youngsters tied for sixth: rookie Andrea Lee, Cheyenne Knight and Nanna Koerstz Madsen along with Nicole Broch Larsen.