Rookies lead Kingsmill field heading into Saturday

WILLIAMSBURG (WAVY)  – Alison Lee shot a 4-under 67 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship.

The 20-year-old Lee, still a student at UCLA after turning pro in December, had a 9-under 133 total on Kingsmill Resort’s River Course.

“Anything can happen. This tournament is only halfway over,” Lee said. “I’m going to try my best to stay focused and stay in the game.”

Lee tied for fourth in the Kia Classic in March in California and has three top-25 finishes.

“Coming into today, I felt really confident, especially after my round yesterday,” Lee said. “I was striking the ball well, was putting well and got it rolling on the front nine.”

She birdied the par-4 first to reach 4 under for the day, dropped a stroke on the par-4 sixth, rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 seventh and closed with two pars.

“Too bad on the back,” Lee said. “I started to kind of lose a lot of the focus and a lot of my concentration and I was kind of struggling with my approach shots. Thankfully, I was able to make a lot of good saves and par saves coming down the stretch.”

Australia’s Minjee Lee and France’s Perrine Delacour were tied for second. The 18-year-old Minjee Lee had a 67, and Delacour shot 68.

Minjee Lee turned pro in September after leading Australia to victory in Japan in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. She eagled the par-5 third, hitting a 4-iron about 200 yards to 7 feet.

“This is my rookie year and kind of the first time I’ve been in this situation, so it’s going to be a whole new experience,” Minjee Lee said. “My mindset? I just want to have fun with my caddie and play some really good golf. Nothing too serious.”

Delacour eagled No. 7, hitting a 3-wood to 10 feet

“I got a lucky bounce and hit the green in two,” Delacour said.

So Yeon Ryu was 6 under after a 69.

“To be honest, my shot is not that really great,” Ryu said. “But really good thing is when I had a chance I made pretty much everything.”

Suzann Pettersen, Christina Kim, Jing Yan and Catriona Matthew were 5 under. Pettersen shot a 65 for the best round of the day, Kim had a 68, and Yan and Matthew shot 67.

“As far as I know this is a four-day tournament,” Pettersen said. “It’s always nice to get a good start. Played OK yesterday, just didn’t get anything out of my round. Scored well today. Course is in great shape. The greens are really, really good.”

Second-ranked Inbee Park was 3 under after a 67. She won the North Texas Shootout two weeks ago for her second victory of the year.

First-round leader Joanna Klatten followed her opening 65 with a 75 to drop into a tie for 22nd at 2 under.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko and Canadian teen Brooke Henderson also were in the group at 2 under. Ko, a two-time winner this season, and Henderson, playing on a sponsor exemption, each shot 69.

Third-ranked No. 3 Stacy Lewis had a 74 to drop to 1 over.

Defending champion Lizette Salas missed the cut with rounds of 74 and 73. Three-time Kingsmill winner Cristie Kerr also dropped out, shooting 73-76.

Alison Lee 66-67—133 -9
Minjee Lee 68-67—135 -7
Perrine Delacour 67-68—135 -7
So Yeon Ryu 67-69—136 -6
Suzann Pettersen 72-65—137 -5
Catriona Matthew 70-67—137 -5
Jing Yan 70-67—137 -5
Christina Kim 69-68—137 -5
Julieta Granada 72-66—138 -4
Lexi Thompson 72-66—138 -4
Angela Stanford 68-70—138 -4
Paula Creamer 67-71—138 -4
Inbee Park 72-67—139 -3
Hyo Joo Kim 70-69—139 -3
Anna Nordqvist 70-69—139 -3
Pornanong Phatlum 70-69—139 -3
Paula Reto 69-70—139 -3
Austin Ernst 68-71—139 -3
Nannette Hill 68-71—139 -3
Mariajo Uribe 68-71—139 -3
Jacqui Concolino 67-72—139 -3
Brooke M. Henderson 71-69—140 -2
Lydia Ko 71-69—140 -2
Maria McBride 71-69—140 -2
Kris Tamulis 70-70—140 -2
Sei Young Kim 69-71—140 -2
Brittany Lincicome 69-71—140 -2
Katie Burnett 68-72—140 -2
Joanna Klatten 65-75—140 -2
Jane Rah 74-67—141 -1
SooBin Kim 73-68—141 -1
Amy Anderson 72-69—141 -1
I.K. Kim 72-69—141 -1
Amelia Lewis 72-69—141 -1
Azahara Munoz 71-70—141 -1
Jennifer Johnson 70-71—141 -1
Haru Nomura 70-71—141 -1
Ryann O’Toole 70-71—141 -1
Mi Jung Hur 68-73—141 -1
Sarah Jane Smith 68-73—141 -1
Sarah Kemp 73-69—142 E
a-Megan Khang 72-70—142 E
Candie Kung 72-70—142 E
Mi Hyang Lee 72-70—142 E
Marissa L Steen 72-70—142 E
Charley Hull 71-71—142 E
Christel Boeljon 70-72—142 E
Eun-Hee Ji 70-72—142 E
Yueer Cindy Feng 69-73—142 E
Pat Hurst 66-76—142 E
Chie Arimura 76-67—143 +1
Meena Lee 74-69—143 +1
Jane Park 74-69—143 +1
Kelly Tan 74-69—143 +1
Danah Bordner 73-70—143 +1
Cydney Clanton 72-71—143 +1
Haeji Kang 72-71—143 +1
Sydnee Michaels 72-71—143 +1
Sandra Gal 71-72—143 +1
Kim Kaufman 71-72—143 +1
Jee Young Lee 71-72—143 +1
Amy Yang 71-72—143 +1
Pernilla Lindberg 70-73—143 +1
Stacy Lewis 69-74—143 +1
Morgan Pressel 66-77—143 +1
Jessica Korda 75-69—144 +2
Alejandra Llaneza 75-69—144 +2
Kelly W Shon 75-69—144 +2
Belen Mozo 74-70—144 +2
Karin Sjodin 74-70—144 +2
Sakura Yokomine 74-70—144 +2
Katherine Kirk 73-71—144 +2
Ai Miyazato 73-71—144 +2
Maria Hernandez 72-72—144 +2
Danielle Kang 72-72—144 +2
Demi Runas 72-72—144 +2
Jenny Shin 72-72—144 +2
Dori Carter 71-73—144 +2
Paola Moreno 70-74—144 +2
Ji Young Oh 70-74—144 +2
P.K. Kongkraphan 69-75—144 +2

Failed to make the cut

Sandra Changkija 76-69—145 +3
Tiffany Joh 75-70—145 +3
Thidapa Suwannapura 75-70—145 +3
Yani Tseng 75-70—145 +3
Kathleen Ekey 74-71—145 +3
Ilhee Lee 74-71—145 +3
Karine Icher 73-72—145 +3
Mo Martin 73-72—145 +3
Sadena A Parks 73-72—145 +3
Jenny Suh 73-72—145 +3
Alison Walshe 73-72—145 +3
Karrie Webb 73-72—145 +3
Ha Na Jang 72-73—145 +3
Hee Young Park 72-73—145 +3
Chella Choi 71-74—145 +3
Emma de Groot 71-74—145 +3
Brooke Pancake 71-74—145 +3
Ayako Uehara 70-75—145 +3
Sue Kim 77-69—146 +4
Ju Young Park 77-69—146 +4
Mallory Blackwelder 76-70—146 +4
Simin Feng 76-70—146 +4
Min Seo Kwak 76-70—146 +4
Marina Alex 75-71—146 +4
Victoria Elizabeth 75-71—146 +4
Mina Harigae 75-71—146 +4
Becky Morgan 73-73—146 +4
Jodi Ewart Shadoff 72-74—146 +4
Min Lee 72-74—146 +4
Dewi Claire Schreefel 77-70—147 +5
Cheyenne Woods 76-71—147 +5
Brittany Lang 75-72—147 +5
Lizette Salas 74-73—147 +5
Jennifer Song 74-73—147 +5
Jackie Stoelting 73-74—147 +5
Moriya Jutanugarn 70-77—147 +5
Carlota Ciganda 78-70—148 +6
Karlin Beck 77-71—148 +6
Rebecca Lee-Bentham 76-72—148 +6
Vicky Hurst 75-73—148 +6
Felicity Johnson 74-74—148 +6
Christine Song 74-74—148 +6
Caroline Hedwall 73-75—148 +6
Garrett Phillips 76-73—149 +7
Cristie Kerr 73-76—149 +7
Paz Echeverria 79-71—150 +8
Laetitia Beck 78-72—150 +8
Kristy McPherson 77-73—150 +8
Therese Koelbaek 76-74—150 +8
Gerina Piller 75-75—150 +8
Laura Diaz 77-74—151 +9
Wei-Ling Hsu 77-74—151 +9
Lisa McCloskey 77-74—151 +9
Sun Young Yoo 77-74—151 +9
Kendall Dye 74-77—151 +9
Jennifer Kirby 72-79—151 +9
Lisa Ferrero 79-73—152 +10
Alena Sharp 73-79—152 +10
Julie Yang 73-79—152 +10
Ariya Jutanugarn 74-79—153 +11
Jaye Marie Green 77-77—154 +12
Kristi M O’Brien 81-79—160 +18
Michelle Wie 78-WD

 

AP-WF-05-16-15 0008GMT

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