Jasi Acharya exited the U.S. Women’s Open on Friday morning with a solid second-round performance.
The 30-year-old professional golfer from Columbus carded a 5-over par 75 -- including her first two birdies -- in wrapping up her 36 holes of play at the par-70, 6,291-yard Pinehurst No. 2 course in North Carolina.
"I would say that I'm pleased," said Acharya, who trimmed 10 strokes off her first-round score. "I stuck to my game plan. I really just tried to be an athlete and go play golf and try not to overthink everything on this golf course."
Acharya, who opened with a 15-over 85 on Thursday afternoon, shot a 20-over 160 during the two days. The projected cut line was at 149.
While she didn't make the cut -- only the low 60 scores and ties earned the right to advance to weekend play -- Acharya said she appreciated her opportunity to participate and play at historic Pinehurst, which she praised as a remarkable venue.
"This was the most fun week of golf I've had in my life," said Acharya, who finished tied for 146th. "The entire experience was amazing. I'm just very, very grateful.
"I'm happy I was able to compete and learn something from it and take that with me moving forward."
Acharya began her second round at 4:45 a.m. (Mountain) on the No. 1 hole. She played the front nine in 2-over 37, including a birdie on the 479-yard, par-5 No. 5 hole.
She also birdied the 413-yard, par-4 No. 14 hole en route to carding a 3-over 38 on the back nine. She double-bogeyed her last hole, the 394-yard, par-4 No. 18.
Among her highlights was a nearly 30-foot putt for birdie on No. 5. "It was nice to see one finally drop," she said.
On No. 14, Acharya hit a 7-iron from 162 yards out to within 20 feet of the pin -- "the most solid shot I made," she said -- and then knocked in the birdie putt.
Acharya's scorecard for the round included 10 pars, two birdies, five bogeys and one double bogey.
This was her first appearance in the Open, which is a major event and features the top female golfers in the world. She was the first Billings-area golfer to make the 156-golfer field since Leslie Spalding in 2001.
"It was a good learning experience, for sure," said Acharya, who is a former Columbus High School and University of Montana athlete.
She is currently playing professionally on the LPGA’s developmental Symetra Tour, and plans to be in Harris, Mich., next week for the $125,000 Island Resort Championship.