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Kim leads Long Drugs; Ochoa two back

ASSOCIATED PRESS

DANVILLE, Calif. — South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim shot a 3-under 69 in cold, windy conditions Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Mollie Fankhauser in the Longs Drugs Challenge, while top-ranked Lorena Ochoa was two shots behind.

The 20-year-old Kim, winless in two seasons on the LPGA, had an 8-under 136 total on the Blackhawk Country Club course. Fankhauser shot a 68.

“It was really cold this morning,” Kim said. “I was just like, ‘Go out there and do my best and, you know, hopefully I can start (fast),’ which I did.

“I have a little lower ball flight, so I think that helps me a little bit with the wind. And if it’s not raining, I’m OK with everything, any conditions.”

Thirty-nine players shot under par in the first round, but only 17 in the second.

Ochoa, a seven-time winner this season who lost a playoff to Suzann Pettersen last year at Blackhawk, followed her opening 70 with a 68.

“There’s no other way to describe it but a really tough day,” Ochoa said. “I did make a few bogeys out there and a couple silly mistakes. But at the same time I was really pleased, really happy, especially with the way I finished, making three birdies out of the last four holes. For sure dinner will taste better, and I’m right there where I’d like to be for the weekend”

Angela Stanford was 5 under after a 69, and Pettersen (72), LPGA Championship winner Yani Tseng (72), Kristy McPherson (70) and Charlotte Mayorkas (71) were 4 under.

Kim had four birdies on the front nine, dropped a stroke on par-3 10th and closed with eight consecutive pars. The 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion lost a playoff to Ochoa last season in the Wegmans LPGA.

In her last five starts, she has two top-10 finishes and five top-20s.

“I feel I’m getting there,” Kim said. “The competition is really hard and tough. I like to challenge myself. I think it’s been fun, and I think I’m going to have more fun.”

Bay Area star Paula Creamer, the Samsung World Championship winner Sunday at Half Moon Bay, was even par after a 70. Santa Cruz resident Juli Inkster, the Hall of Famer who won in 1999 and 2000 at Twelve Bridges, shot a 77 to drop to 3 over.

First-round leaders Maria Hjorth and Michele Redman struggled Friday. Hjorth, nearly five months pregnant, followed her opening 66 with an 80, leaving her 2 over. Redman was 3 under after a 75.

Fankhauser grew up in Ohio and plated at Ohio State, often playing in frigid, windy conditions.

“I didn’t even really think it was cold or windy today,” Fankhauser said. “Even though I’ve been out of school for a few years, it’s a nice advantage just to go out in 45-degree weather and think that I’ve played in 35-degree weather when it’s 40-mile-an-hour winds and almost snowing.”

Fankhauser missed the cut in 14 of 20 events this year but tied for seventh last month at the Bell Micro LPGA Classic, her first career top-10 finish.

“It’s fun,” Fankhauser said. “It’s better than missing a cut. I don’t really care if my name is first or second on the leaderboard. I love the opportunity.”

Scores with relation to par from the second round of the Longs DrugsChallenge, played Oct. 10 at the par-72, 6,185-yard Blackhawk CountryClub in Danville, Calif.:

1. In-Kyung Kim 67-69–136

-8 2. Mollie Fankhauser 69-68–137

-7 3. Lorena Ochoa 70-68–138

-6 4. Angela Stanford 70-69–139

-5 5. Yani Tseng 68-72–140

-4 5. Suzann Pettersen 68-72–140

-4 5. Kristy McPherson 70-70–140

-4 5. Charlotte Mayorkas 69-71–140

-4 9. Reilley Rankin 68-73–141

-3 9. Mikaela Parmlid 67-74–141

-3 9. Joo Mi Kim 70-71–141

-3 9. Michele Redman 66-75–141

-3 9. Sarah Kemp 68-73–141

-3 9. Il Mi Chung 72-69–141

-3 15. Pat Hurst 70-72–142

-2 15. Sandra Gal 70-72–142

-2 15. Julieta Granada 69-73–142

-2 15. Meaghan Francella 68-74–142

-2 19. Meredith Duncan 73-70–143

-1 19. Rachel Hetherington 69-74–143

-1 19. Irene Cho 71-72–143

-1 19. Ai Miyazato 72-71–143

-1 19. Becky Morgan 70-73–143

-1 24. Silvia Cavalleri 71-73–144

E 24. Janice Moodie 73-71–144

E 24. Brittany Lang 72-72–144

E 24. Paula Creamer 74-70–144

E 24. Karen Stupples 71-73–144

E 24. Wendy Ward 68-76–144

E 24. Sarah Lee 68-76–144

E 24. Kate Golden 69-75–144

E 32. Becky Lucidi 75-70–145
+ 1 32. Seo-Jae Lee 75-70–145
+ 1 32. Beth Bader 73-72–145
+ 1 32. Teresa Lu 75-70–145
+ 1 32. Na Yeon Choi 71-74–145
+ 1 32. Stacy Lewis 71-74–145
+ 1 38. Carolina Llano 70-76–146
+ 2 38. Moira Dunn 73-73–146
+ 2 38. Sophie Gustafson 74-72–146
+ 2 38. Stacy Prammanasudh 72-74–146
+ 2 38. Jeong Jang 72-74–146
+ 2 38. Nicole Castrale 70-76–146
+ 2 38. Maria Hjorth 66-80–146
+ 2 38. Shanshan Feng 72-74–146
+ 2 38. Sophie Giquel 69-77–146
+ 2 47. Heather Young 73-74–147
+ 3 47. Hee-Won Han 72-75–147
+ 3 47. Candie Kung 73-74–147
+ 3 47. Allison Fouch 73-74–147
+ 3 47. Laura Davies 70-77–147
+ 3 47. Juli Inkster 70-77–147
+ 3 47. Leta Lindley 74-73–147
+ 3 47. Carin Koch 73-74–147
+ 3 47. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 73-74–147
+ 3 47. Su A Kim 74-73–147
+ 3 47. Mhairi McKay 75-72–147
+ 3 47. Nancy Scranton 71-76–147
+ 3 59. Linda Wessberg 73-75–148
+ 4 59. Gloria Park 78-70–148
+ 4 59. Wendy Doolan 75-73–148
+ 4 59. Violeta Retamoza 72-76–148
+ 4 59. Eun-Hee Ji 72-76–148
+ 4 59. Giulia Sergas 71-77–148
+ 4 59. Hee Young Park 72-76–148
+ 4 59. Morgan Pressel 74-74–148
+ 4 59. Aree Song 76-72–148
+ 4 59. Amy Hung 74-74–148
+ 4 69. Carri Wood 72-77–149
+ 5 69. Jennifer Rosales 73-76–149
+ 5 69. Christina Kim 77-72–149
+ 5 69. Helen Alfredsson 74-75–149
+ 5 69. Young Kim 76-73–149
+ 5 69. Laura Diaz 72-77–149
+ 5 69. Jane Park 75-74–149
+ 5 69. Brittany Lincicome 79-70–149
+ 5 69. Candy Hannemann 73-76–149
+ 5 69. Michelle McGann 71-78–149
+ 5 • • •

Missed the cut

79. Dorothy Delasin 76-74–150
+ 6 79. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 77-73–150
+ 6 79. Lorie Kane 74-76–150
+ 6 79. Diana D'Alessio 75-75–150
+ 6 79. Kyeong Bae 72-78–150
+ 6 79. Seon Hwa Lee 73-77–150
+ 6 79. Karin Sjodin 73-77–150
+ 6 86. Sarah Jane Kenyon 77-74–151
+ 7 86. Emily Bastel 79-72–151
+ 7 86. Karine Icher 74-77–151
+ 7 86. Brandie Burton 70-81–151
+ 7 86. Ji Young Oh 76-75–151
+ 7 86. Stephanie Louden 76-75–151
+ 7 86. Alena Sharp 74-77–151
+ 7 86. Na On Min 71-80–151
+ 7 94. Russy Gulyanamitta 77-75–152
+ 8 95. Kelli Kuehne 78-75–153
+ 9 95. Heather Daly-Donofrio 76-77–153
+ 9 97. Sun Young Yoo 82-72–154
+ 10 97. Sung Ah Yim 78-76–154
+ 10 99. Liz Janangelo 77-78–155
+ 11 100. Liselotte Neumann 79-77–156
+ 12 101. Birdie Kim 77-80–157
+ 13 102. Kim Hall 81-77–158
+ 14 103. Kim Welch 78-82–160
+ 16 103. Becky Iverson 79-81–160
+ 16 105. Nicole Perrot 78-88–166
+ 22 106. Christa Johnson 84-85–169
+ 25 WD. Mi Hyun Kim 71-WD

WD. Young-A Yang 74-WD

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