South Korean Inbee Park fired a second round of five-under-par 67 to hold the halfway lead at seven-under-par at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, while Karrie Webb is the leading Australian at one-under-par. Park, who has already won this season, started the day at two-under, made three birdies to go out in 33 on the Dinah Shore Tournament course at Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California. The World No. 4 on the Rolex World Rankings then posted three consecutive birdies from the 11th to 13th holes to move to eight-under-par. Her only blemish came on the short par 3 14th were she took a bogey after hitting her tee shot into the greenside bunker and she didn t get up and down. Park leads by one over American Lizette Salas (68), with Swede Caroline Hedwall (68) and Italian Giulia Sergas (69) share third at five-under. Webb started the day on the back nine and didn t get off to a great start with two bogeys in her first six holes. However, the two-time Champion at this event got those shots back with birdies on the 16th and 18th holes to make the turn at even-par. Webb birdied the par 5 second and then she parred the rest of the nine to finish at one-under-par, 71. Webb is currently tied for 21st position and in a good position to make a decisive move during the third round. Queensland s Sarah-Jane Smith is at even par for the tournament after posting a 72 today. Her round included four birdies and four bogeys. She is tied for 28th position. Victorian Lindsey Wright scrapped through to the week-end. A three-over-par 75 saw her finish at five-over which was the cut number. 73 players will contest the week-end, with an odd number making the cut, Wright will be playing by herself at 7.40am. Unfortunately Katherine Hull-Kirk couldn’t make up enough ground after a very disappointing opening round of 82. She was eight shots better shooting a 74, so she finished the tournament at 12-over-par but will have the week-end off. Of the three first round leaders, England s Jodie Ewart Shadoff (72) is tied for fifth at four-under-par, while Norway s Suzann Pettersen and South Korean Na Yeon Choi would be disappointed after they both posted rounds of 75 to fall back to one-under-par to and part of t group of players tied for 21st. Defending champion South Korean Sun Young Yoo finished at nine-over and will not be around on the week-end. The other notable in the field from an Australian perspective is New Zealand s Lydia Lo. She will be playing on the week-end after a 74 to go with her opening round of 72. Ko shares 42nd position.
Author: Australian Ladies Professional Golf