MIAMI (AFP) – Kim Sei-young fired a five-under 65 to take a one-shot lead on the midway stage of the LPGA Tour’s Pelican Girls’s Championship in Florida on Friday (Nov 20).
The 27-year-old world No. 2 from South Korea produced a bogey-free spherical on the Pelican Golf Membership format, notching 5 birdies and 13 pars to go into the weekend on eight below for the match.
Kim, brimming with confidence after her maiden Main triumph on the Girls’s PGA Championship final month, was within the groove from the primary tee, bagging back-to-back birdies on the opening two holes.
One other pair of birdies on the sixth and seventh holes took her to seven below on the flip earlier than her fifth and closing birdie of the day on the 14th gap.
Ally McDonald of the US is one behind Kim in second place after capturing a four-under 66.
McDonald, who’s chasing her second tour victory after successful the LPGA Drive On Championship in October, teed off on the again 9 and reeled off consecutive birdies on her eighth, ninth and tenth holes to maneuver to seven below.
There was a short stumble with a bogey 5 on the par-four second, McDonald’s eleventh gap, however the 28-year-old from Mississippi recovered to select up her fifth birdie on the par-five seventh.
McDonald mentioned afterwards her breakthrough win on the Drive On had helped settle her nerves.
“I do not really feel as pressured about issues since I obtained that win below my belt,” McDonald mentioned. “I am nonetheless carrying some optimistic momentum from that.”
First-round chief Sophia Popov is one adrift of McDonald in third place alongside Northern Eire’s Stephanie Meadow on six below.
Popov had lit up the course on Thursday with a six-under 66 when she pocketed six birdies on the entrance 9 alone.
However the British Open champion discovered the going harder on Friday after teeing off on the tenth. Two early birdies took her to eight below earlier than she dropped a shot with a bogey on the sixteenth.
She recovered with a birdie simply after the flip to again to eight below, however then stuttered with a double-bogey six on the par-four second gap.
Popov was saved in competition with some stable placing together with a trio of places from between 10-15 toes which helped her make a level-par 70.
“I grinded it out and I made quite a lot of par putts coming in, so I am fairly pleased with my rating,” the German mentioned.
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