DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 6, 2008 - On a relatively tranquil morning with almost no wind - a stark contrast to Saturday's weather that prompted play to be suspended - Leah Wigger extended her lead as the second round of the AMERICAN SYSTEMS Invitational came to a close Sunday morning.
Light showers interrupted several groups as they were finishing up, including Wigger's, but she was unfazed as she separated herself from first-day leader Nari Kim and a host of others with a five-stroke margin.
Wigger, a native of Louisville, Ky., converted a birdie attempt by rolling in a 25-foot putt on the seventh hole to open the morning. The former Virginia Cavalier closed out her round with another birdie on the 18th hole to sit at seven-under par 137 heading into the final round for a five-shot cushion over Kim of Seoul, South Korea, 2007 tournament winner Mo Martin and seven-time Duramed FUTURES Tour winner Lori Atsedes, all at 142 (-2).
"I felt very relaxed out there this morning," Wigger said. "I was upset I missed on a really short putt on No. 9, but it's all about confidence right now. I'm going to eat a big lunch and continue to be aggressive this afternoon."
The missing element of wind proved to be an advantage as players rolled into the scoring table slowly ascending up the leaderboard. Martin was five shots back from the lead but finished strong this morning at two-under par for the round to move into a three-way tie for second.
"The greens stayed pretty dry and they seemed to drink the water in," said Martin of Altadena, Calif. "I can't control what the weather does but if the time to be aggressive comes, then I'll make that decision."
Likewise, for former Furman All-American and Greensville, S.C., native Brandi Jackson, she made the most of her chances and wrapped up her round at one-under par to sit comfortably in a tie for seventh.
"I think we were all leaving putts two to three feet short this morning," Jackson said. "I had some good birdie putts this morning but there were some that I missed and I really wanted to have back."
The 36-hole cut was made at 151 (+7). The final round began at 11:45 a.m., off the first and 10th tees.
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