LPGA. Kia Classic. Dori Carter Cashes In. March 28 2014
Dori Carter / GettyDori Carter shot the round of her career, a course record at the Aviara Golf Club, -8 under par 64, and sits atop the leaderboard at -10 under par. Amazingly the round included three bogeys, with two coming on the final two holes, being able to control her thoughts had helped to score her best ever round, despite putting being her major head-ache; “All these thoughts have been coming in my head, you can't stop them sometimes. You just have these thoughts coming in your head well before the 17th tee box or 17th hole. And for some reason today I was able to control them a little bit and block them out of the way.” “I just have to just take it for what it is and hope that I'm here talking to you a little more often kind of thing. I have no reason to be uptight or anything because this is my first time. I'm okay with that. I'm okay with feeling like that, no matter what happens, obviously I want to win. I want to lead the tournament after tomorrow and Sunday, but it can't be a bad thing for me.” “My putting's always been my issue, and today obviously putting was fine. So that's a big confidence boost for me, especially in the putting, because that's where I want to improve the most on.” "No matter what happens this weekend, I can't believe I'm here, this is my first time. I mean, this is an experience for me. It's kind of like I can't lose. I have no reason to be uptight or anything because this is my first time. I'm OK with that. I'm OK with feeling like no matter what happens." Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr are tied in second place at -8 under par for the tournament, two shots adrift. Stacy had a second round -6 under par 66, while Cristie recorded -4 under par 68. Stacy was impressed with the round Dori had scored; “I was surprised actually to see the number she shot, it's very impressive. You know, it's a hard golf course. You can make a double pretty quick, so it's a hard golf course, and I mean I like that. That's why I love the majors. I love the hard test where certain holes you take your par and run and then other holes you can make some birdies on.” Cristie Eagled the par four 1st hole at the turn, which jump-started her round, she agreed it was the catalyst for her second nine total of 32 strokes; “It definitely was, I shot even on the front and kind of left a couple out there. And that was just a great shot, couldn't see it go in, unfortunately, but it was a great 7 iron, perfect club, and I just said get close, and it went in. So it was cool.” Defending champion Beatriz Recari will not have the chance to defend her title this week. She sadly missed the cut by just one shot at +3 over par. Her second round of +4 over par was the culprit.