The tough layout at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club took its toll on the field at the U.S. Senior Women’s Open in Southern Pines, N.C.
Western New York teaching professional Marlene Davis was one of the many who felt the brunt of the difficult conditions.
Davis shot a second-round 83 Friday to finish two rounds at 23 over par and miss the cut.
Davis, instructor at the Paddock Golf Dome in the Town of Tonawanda, shot 82 on the first round.
She had plenty of company over par. None of the 120 entrants stood under par through two rounds.
Sweden’s Helen Alfredsson held the lead at 2-over par 144.
The top 51 made the cut at 15-over par.
Davis was just two shots behind LPGA Hall-of-Famer Amy Alcott and three behind LPGA major winner Nancy Scranton, the 1991 du Maurier Classic champ. Alcott was 21 over, Scranton 20 over.
Davis made two birdies on the day, on the par-4 eighth and the par-3 13th holes.
Every golfer seemed to struggle with the greens at Pine Needles.
“This is such an intimidating place,” Alfredsson told the Fayetteville Observer on Friday. “You can never relax. If you try to attack these greens you can put yourself in some compromising situations.”
Alfredsson shot a 2-under par 69 on Friday. She scored a 75 in the first round.
Laura Davies, the defending champion, is in second place at 145. She made four birdies and only two bogies.
“If you shoot around even par, you know you’re going to move up,” Davies said.
Last year Davies shot 66 on the third round to pull away from the field. She does not expect a repeat on this course.
“No, I don’t think so,” she said.
Americans Lisa DiPaulo and Juli Inkster stand two back.