Can anyone catch Anne-Catherine Tanguay?
That’s the question entering today, with Tanguay at 10 under par and holding a two-stroke lead over Celine Boutier after a career low 7-under 65 vaulted her to the top of the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic leaderboard.
Boutier held a share of the lead after the first round but dropped a spot as Tanguay tore through the field despite Boutier’s 4-under 68 second round.
Tanguay, who leads the Symetra Tour in birdies, said her 11 birdies through 36 holes are a product of the aggressive approach she uses to attack holes – even par threes, as she displayed Friday.
After narrowly missing a birdie on hole No. 6, Tanguay redeemed herself on hole 7, sinking a putt from about 30 feet to birdie the par three.
“Just making par on (hole) six was kind of a little frustrating to me,” Tanguay said. “I was just coming off of that and just trying to get my emotions straight, so I said, ‘You know what, I’m just going to put it in.’”
And she put the next one in for birdie, too, finishing with seven on the afternoon.
Now, with the field behind her, will she substitute her aggressive mentality for a more conservative approach?
“No, I think same mentality,” Tanguay said. “I’ve just been playing very aggressively, taking some really aggressive shots on my tee shots. Same game plan: Hit it close and hope they drop.”
One of the golfers targeting Tanguay is Augusta James, Tanguay’s teammate on Canada’s national team, who finished Friday 2-under par and is six shots under par through two days.
“I have played pretty consistently, and there’s definitely a lot of shots out there,” James said. “It’s not like I’ve played out of my boots the last two days. So I’m definitely confident that I can have even more low numbers.”
James was 7-under par with four holes remaining Friday, but she stumbled over hole No. 15, bogeying the par four to push her back to four strokes off the lead.
James is tied with Rachel Rohanna, who carded five second-round birdies to grab a share of third place.
After Friday’s cut, new pairings were released for the weekend. James was hoping Tanguay would be one of the players in her group.
“We’re both on the national team there, so we know each other quite well,” James said. “We’ll have a good time if we get to play together the next two days.”
But it’s possible Tanguay isn’t thinking about that, or even about what a win in Greenwood would do for her ranking on the money list.
“Honestly, I just kind of focus on what I’m going to eat for dinner tomorrow and being on time to my tee time tomorrow,” she said. “So I just try to kind of stay in the moment.”