Gabriela Ruffels has never started a tournament in Epson Tour’s history better than she did through the first 36 holes.
The Australian, aged 23, is 18-under-126 after the second day of the Garden City Charity Classic in Garden City (Kansas). Ruffels’ score of 18-under is three shots higher than any other golfer on the Epson Tour after the first two round, and the lowest gross by one shot.
Five golfers have achieved 15 under par after 36 holes in Epson Tour’s history. The latest is Daniela Iacobelli, who will be competing in the 2021 Symetra Tour Championship on the LPGA International. Sue Ginter Brooker shot 127 in 2002 after two rounds of the Hewlett Packard Garden State Futures Summer Classic held at Knob Hill Golf Club, Manalapan in New Jersey.
Ruffels, who will play the final round on Sunday, has the chance to break Fernanda Lira’s 54-hole score record of 19 below par, set at the 2021 FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship held at Battle Creek Country Club, Battle Creek, Michigan.
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Ruffels had a 10-under-62 in her opening round and followed it up with an eight-under 64 the following day. She had a bogey in her second round, but also seven birdies and a single eagle.
Ruffels’ sixth Epson Tour appearance this season includes a win at the Carlisle Arizona Women’s Golf Classic.
Ruffels had a 10-shot advantage over the chasers at 8 under after the first wave of Kansas.