Two Kims tied for Wegmans lead

By BEN DOBBIN
Associated Press

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Rookie In-Kyung Kim (pictured) shot a 5-under 67 Friday to join South Korean compatriot Mi Hyun Kim atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the Wegmans LPGA.

In-Kyung Kim, the 19-year-old native of Seoul, whose best finish was a tie for fourth at last month's LPGA Corning Classic, ran off six birdies at the tree-lined Locust Hill course but gave up the outright lead with a three-putt bogey on the last hole.

“I'm still having fun and I have two more days to go,” she said. “I think right now I'm in a good position and I can try to win this weekend.”

Eight-time tour winner Mi Hyun Kim (68) had five birdies through 11 holes but lost momentum with four holes to play when she three-putted from 30 feet for her only bogey.

Both of them moved to 7-under 137, two ahead of Angela Stanford (69), who moved into contention despite a double-bogey finish. Lorena Ochoa of Mexico, who tops the money list with $1.25 million shot a 71 to move to 4 under.

First-round leader Cristie Kerr picked up birdies on Nos. 2 and 3 to get to 8 under but struggled on the back nine with two bogeys and a double bogey to finish with a 75 for a total of 3 under.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen (75), who captured her first major title at the LPGA Championship two weeks ago, also lost ground with a double bogey on No. 12 and a two-shot penalty for slow play on No. 14 to drop to 1 under. Defending champion Jeong Jang (73) was at even par.

The $1.8 million tournament, sandwiched between two majors, drew 47 of the top 50 money winners, but two have dropped out with injuries. Natalie Gulbis, who opened with a 78, withdrew on the third hole with recurring back pain and Stacy Prammanasudh left Thursday with a thumb injury.

In-Kyung Kim had pinpoint accuracy off both tees and fairways and made three long putts for birdie from 25 feet on No. 9 and from 20 feet on Nos. 5 and 12.

“My driver was really good and second shot was real close to the hole, so I had lots of opportunity to make a birdie,” she said.

She missed the cut in four of her first six tournaments but has stayed through the weekend in the past five, tying for 21st at the LPGA Championship.

“I feel (I'm) getting better every day,” she said.

Mi Hyun Kim won the SemGroup Championship in May, tied for second in Corning and picked up two other top-10s this year. The 30-year-old Inchon native has earned $7.1 million since joining the tour in 1999, including a season-best $1.3 million last year.

She thinks the tight fairways suit her game better than many of her competitors.

“I have more confidence when I play here because (the) course is not so long,” she said. “I'm not a long hitter, I'm more an accuracy player.”

But she also worries about how she'll handle the pressure if she's among the leaders Sunday. “Many people cheering for me, and so I really want to win this tournament,” she said.

Scores with relation to par from the secondround of the Wegmans LPGA, played June 22 at the par-72, 6,221-yardLocust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y.:

  1. Mi Hyun Kim 69-68--137
    -7 1. In-Kyung Kim 70-67--137
    -7 3. Angela Stanford 70-69--139
    -5 4. Lindsey Wright 70-70--140
    -4 4. Lorena Ochoa 69-71--140
    -4 6. Maria Hjorth 70-71--141
    -3 6. Rachel Hetherington 70-71--141
    -3 6. Cristie Kerr 66-75--141
    -3 6. Alena Sharp 67-74--141
    -3 10. Meena Lee 71-71--142
    -2 10. Becky Morgan 70-72--142
    -2 10. Morgan Pressel 70-72--142
    -2 10. Seon Hwa Lee 71-71--142
    -2 14. Leta Lindley 72-71--143
    -1 14. Pat Hurst 74-69--143
    -1 14. Suzann Pettersen 68-75--143
    -1 14. Erica Blasberg 75-68--143
    -1 14. A.J. Eathorne 72-71--143
    -1 19. Karine Icher 74-70--144
    E 19. Reilley Rankin 73-71--144
    E 19. Janice Moodie 74-70--144
    E 19. Mhairi McKay 72-72--144
    E 19. Moira Dunn 73-71--144
    E 19. Giulia Sergas 76-68--144
    E 19. Sophie Gustafson 70-74--144
    E 19. Jeong Jang 71-73--144
    E 19. Jin Joo Hong 71-73--144
    E 19. Wendy Ward 74-70--144
    E 19. Brittany Lincicome 69-75--144
    E 19. Ai Miyazato 73-71--144
    E 19. Katherine Hull 71-73--144
    E 32. Soo Young Moon 72-73--145 + 1 32. Sun Young Yoo 72-73--145 + 1 32. Amy Hung 70-75--145 + 1 32. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman 71-74--145 + 1 32. Christina Kim 70-75--145 + 1 32. Lorie Kane 71-74--145 + 1 32. Beth Bader 73-72--145 + 1 32. Il Mi Chung 72-73--145 + 1 32. Karrie Webb 72-73--145 + 1 32. Michele Redman 73-72--145 + 1 32. Jimin Kang 70-75--145 + 1 32. Diana D'Alessio 71-74--145 + 1 44. Candie Kung 72-74--146 + 2 44. Young Kim 70-76--146 + 2 44. Silvia Cavalleri 76-70--146 + 2 44. Catriona Matthew 71-75--146 + 2 44. Beth Daniel 75-71--146 + 2 44. Paula Creamer 70-76--146 + 2 44. Nina Reis 76-70--146 + 2 44. Na Ri Kim 74-72--146 + 2 52. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 72-75--147 + 3 52. Nancy Scranton 76-71--147 + 3 52. Ji-Young Oh 71-76--147 + 3 52. Yu Ping Lin 73-74--147 + 3 52. Brandie Burton 74-73--147 + 3 52. Karin Sjodin 72-75--147 + 3 52. Angela Park 76-71--147 + 3 52. Se Ri Pak 73-74--147 + 3 52. Joo Mi Kim 74-73--147 + 3 52. Charlotta Sorenstam 70-77--147 + 3 52. Sherri Turner 71-76--147 + 3 52. Eva Dahllof 70-77--147 + 3 52. Katie Futcher 71-76--147 + 3 65. Young-A Yang 76-72--148 + 4 65. Song-Hee Kim 73-75--148 + 4 65. Jamie Hullett 74-74--148 + 4 65. Kate Golden 71-77--148 + 4 65. Hye Jung Choi 74-74--148 + 4 65. Sherri Steinhauer 74-74--148 + 4 65. Jee Young Lee 71-77--148 + 4 65. Gloria Park 72-76--148 + 4 • • •


    Missed the cut


    73. Soo-Yun Kang 75-74--149 + 5 73. Birdie Kim 72-77--149 + 5 73. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 74-75--149 + 5 73. Dorothy Delasin 71-78--149 + 5 73. Meredith Duncan 75-74--149 + 5 73. Laurie Rinker 78-71--149 + 5 73. Kimberly Hall 73-76--149 + 5 80. Heather Daly-Donofrio 77-73--150 + 6 80. Kim Williams 78-72--150 + 6 80. Joanne Morley 78-72--150 + 6 80. Sae-Hee Son 77-73--150 + 6 80. Barb Mucha 74-76--150 + 6 80. Kristy McPherson 73-77--150 + 6 80. Heather Young 76-74--150 + 6 80. Nicole Castrale 74-76--150 + 6 80. Liselotte Neumann 76-74--150 + 6 80. Sung Ah Yim 74-76--150 + 6 80. Teresa Lu 74-76--150 + 6 80. Kelli Kuehne 75-75--150 + 6 80. Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 75-75--150 + 6 80. Michelle Ellis 75-75--150 + 6 94. Carri Wood 75-76--151 + 7 94. Clarissa Childs 75-76--151 + 7 94. Kim Saiki-Maloney 73-78--151 + 7 94. Stephanie Louden 78-73--151 + 7 94. Irene Cho 75-76--151 + 7 94. Siew-Ai Lim 78-73--151 + 7 94. Kyeong Bae 76-75--151 + 7 94. Na On Min 76-75--151 + 7 94. Brittany Lang 73-78--151 + 7 94. Lisa Fernandes 73-78--151 + 7 94. Virada Nirapathpongporn 74-77--151 + 7 94. Tina Barrett 73-78--151 + 7 94. Johanna Head 75-76--151 + 7 94. In-Bee Park 71-80--151 + 7 94. Kris Tamulis 76-75--151 + 7 94. Christi Cano 76-75--151 + 7 110. Aree Song 74-78--152 + 8 110. Maru Martinez 75-77--152 + 8 110. Brooke Tull 76-76--152 + 8 110. Danielle Downey 76-76--152 + 8 110. Laura Diaz 76-76--152 + 8 110. Juli Inkster 76-76--152 + 8 110. Meg Mallon 75-77--152 + 8 110. Sophia Sheridan 74-78--152 + 8 110. Allison Hanna-Williams 74-78--152 + 8 119. Marcy Hart 72-81--153 + 9 120. Jill McGill 78-76--154 + 10 120. Julieta Granada 77-77--154 + 10 120. Mikaela Parmlid 76-78--154 + 10 120. Seo-Yeon Jeon 79-75--154 + 10 124. Ashli Bunch 81-74--155 + 11 124. Christa Johnson 74-81--155 + 11 124. Paige Mackenzie 71-84--155 + 11 124. Hana Kim 77-78--155 + 11 128. Esther Choe 78-78--156 + 12 128. Grace Park 76-80--156 + 12 128. Jeanne Cho-Hunicke 75-81--156 + 12 128. Dina Ammaccapane 72-84--156 + 12 132. Cindy Rarick 80-77--157 + 13 133. Aram Cho 76-82--158 + 14 133. Wendy Doolan 78-80--158 + 14 133. Jenna Daniels 78-80--158 + 14 136. Sarah Lynn Sargent 78-82--160 + 16 136. Michelle McGann 76-84--160 + 16 138. Hilary Lunke 79-82--161 + 17 139. Riko Higashio 83-80--163 + 19 140. Nancy Lopez 82-82--164 + 20 WD. Sarah Lee 73-WD

    WD. Natalie Gulbis 78-WD

    WD. Jennifer Rosales 78-WD

    WD. Natalie Gulbis 80-WD

    DNS. Young Jo DNS

    DNS. Stacy Prammanasudh DNS
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