Islas, Monroy and Woad, at the top in Ecuador
Second day in the South American Amateur Open at the Quito Tennis & Golf Club and new leaders in both categories, after a demanding round on Friday in the championship organized by the Ecuadorian Golf Federation and the South American Federation, with the support of The R&A.
The Mexican José Cristóbal Islas, as well as the English Charlotte Woad and the Colombian Catalina Monroy reached the first half of the championship at top of the leaderboard after a difficult day in Quito.
Islas, an outstanding player who has made several appearances in South America in recent months, had the best round of the tournament at this point, a powerful 66 (-6) with seven birdies, three of them in the first half, and a solitary bogey.
The Oregon University player have 136 (-8), ahead of the Irishman Max Kennedy, the Argentinean Juan Martín Loudeiro and the Chilean Javier Santolaya, all in the second place with -3.
In the women group, Woad signed an even par (72) score to join Colombian Monroy (74) in the front row, both with 142 (-2). Mexicans Lauren Olivares (72) and Vania Simont (74), as well as the Colombian Cristina Ochoa, are in the third place with 145 (+1).