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Exposito leads after Second Round at 15th Texas Girls’ Invitational

Bullard – Veronika Exposito of The Woodlands, fought to the top of the leaderboard after a 1-under 70 on Sunday. The Senior will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the first LJT Major of the season.

“I’m feeling good. It was a solid round overall,” shared Exposito. “Yesterday was much tougher than today and all I was thinking about was the next shot and not getting ahead of myself.”

Exposito fought all day after scoring 4 birdies to move up the leaderboard. The University of Louisville commit will seek her first-ever LJT Major trophy.

“I’m not thinking about the good or bad stuff that happens,” said Exposito “I’m going to focus on my game and try to do my best and see if it gets me there.”

Austin’s Claire Wan sits in second after a second-round 2-over par 73. Wan had an up-and-down day that included two birdies to keep her in the title chase. Wan finds herself in familiar ground after she was in the Top Ten after the second round in the 14th Texas Girls Invitational.

In a tie for third are Mansfield’s Alyssa Stewart and Los Lunas’ Rylee Salome. Salome, the first-round leader was frustrated with her play today but knows she is still in a race. “I just need to place the ball in the right spots. I need to be where if I do miss, I can still get up and down” Salome shared.

Exposito, Wan, and Stewart will be in the final group tomorrow teeing off at 9:50 a.m. off the No. 1 tee.

Conditions were calmer in the second round with temperatures in the mid-to-high 30’s by the first tee time. Wind speeds reached 5 mph with gusts around 7mph. Due to the low temperatures, the committee delayed tee times until 9 a.m. due to frost.

The toughest hole of the day was the Par 4 16th with an average score of 5.36. The hole stretches 347 yards with a tight fairway that has a pond running down the left side and out of bounds on the right.

The Texas Girls’ Invitational, one of two majors for the girls on the LJT schedule is the first 54-hole format of the year.

The Final Round of the Texas Girls’ Invitational is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 19th with tee times beginning on the No. 1 and No. 10 tee at 8 a.m.