Kelli drops off US Women’s Open leaderboard

Despite an indifferent 79 in testing weather conditions during the second round of the US Women’s Open being played at Oakmont County Club this week, South African amateur Kelli Shean is still on track to make the cut and play this weekend. Kelli is now on +7 with the projected cut at +11.

Play in round two was suspended due to heavy rain after Kelli had signed her card yesterday and play will resume this morning. First round leader Brittany Lang returned a three over 74 to be tied second at this stage on 143, six shots ahead of Kelli (149). When play was suspended yesterday, Sophie Gustafson had just birdied her first hole to lead the field on level par.
Alan Robinson (CP) reports on the US Women’s Golf website from Oakmont

Kelli Shean, the South African amateur who developed her game in Ernie Els’ youth program, fell out of contention Friday at the U.S. Women’s Open with an 8-over 79. She was a shot off the lead following her surprise 70 on Thursday, which Els watched on TV.

Shean, a University of Arkansas golfer who dates her caddie, never found the groove and rhythm she discovered while being one of only five to break par during the opening round.

She admittedly had trouble sleeping, getting to bed only five hours before her Friday round began at 7 a.m.

Maybe she should have slept in.

“I just couldn’t sleep — the whole thing is just so amazing,” said Shean, who played only one LPGA tournament before qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open. “Everyone’s going crazy over all this.”

Shean also has a lot more friends than she did a couple of days ago. She received scores of new Facebook friend requests, and she accepted most.

She also was surprised when some hearing-impaired fans joined her early morning gallery to encourage her. Shean has a hearing impairment.


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