Date: September 08, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Shin retains Kingsmill lead

South Korean Jiyai Shin has a one-shot lead at the halfway point of the LPGA Tour&aposs Kingsmill Championship. Shin followed up her tournament-record 62 with a 68 on Friday to take her total to 12 under at the Kingsmill River Course in Williamsburg, Virginia. She carded four birdies in 12 holes and looked on track for another blemish-free round until the 16th hole when she faulted with a bogey. The former world No.1 saw her three-shot lead from the first round reduced to just one with American Danielle Kang blitzing the course with a sensational seven-under-par 64. Compatriot Paula Creamer and Dutchwoman Dewi Claire Schreefel are a further stroke back at 10 under, while Lexi Thompson and Azahara Munoz are well placed at nine under. But Shin remains in pole position to clinch her first LPGA title since November 2010. “I have to know my position, and I keep changing my plan each hole after I check the positions,” Shin said. “I saw a lot of players play good today, so I think it will make for fun competition the next two days. “I&aposm used to the competition, I&aposm used to the pressure and nerves, too, and also I really like that feeling. “So I can&apost wait for the play for the weekend.” No Australians made the cut with Katherine Hull and Sarah Jane Smith finishing at even par and Lindsey Wright at three over.