Jennifer Chang knew she had an opportunity and took full advantage of it.
Teeing off early on day 2 of the 106th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship proved to be a big edge for the Cary, North Carolina native.
After a three-under-par to open the tournament, the 19-year-old fired a low round of five-under Wednesday at Red Deer Golf and Country Club.
Considering play was stopped due to heavy rain at 3:19 p.m. in round two, right smack in the middle of the afternoon tee times, Chang was happy for her luck.
“Pretty steady throughout my round. No bogeys and had two good par saves. I missed it where I needed to and hit most of the fairways all day,” said Chang, the clubhouse leader through 36-holes at eight-under-par.
“I was lucky to have the late tee time because I knew there was going to be a storm. Today was just that moving day and getting a good number out there, knowing that I was at an advantage playing in the morning with less wind.”
She also said the nerves haven’t really come into effect so far in Red Deer, especially after a chaotic week finishing the North & South Women’s Amateur Championship and having just a day off before arriving in Alberta.
“I just treat it like any other tournament. It’s nothing different, just because I’m so used to playing in this atmosphere. There are some familiar faces, so not nerve-wracking,” said Chang, who finished seventh in the 2018 Canadian Women’s Amateur.
As for her plans in rounds three and four, the University of Southern California Trojan is just trying to embrace the moment.
“Just keep the same game plan, really trying to not get ahead of myself. Take it one shot at a time. Not really heading in with expectations, just playing how I did today,” added Chang.
Chasing her are a few fellow California players, including round one co-leaders Andrea Lee and Zoe Campos, as well as Brianna Navarrosa. Lee fired a one-under 71 and is alone in second at seven-under. Navarrosa is third at four-under.
Vancouver’s Michelle Liu shot two-under in round two and the only Canadians in the top 15.
On the final day of inter-provincial competition, Ontario had a two combined score of 306 and earned the title by two strokes over Quebec. Alberta finished fourth with 316.
The cut was eight-over-par and round three starts at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.