Meadow stays in the hunt at LPGA Kia Classic

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Meadow stays in the hunt at LPGA Kia Classic

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Stephanie Meadow held her nerve at the top of the leaderboard on day two of the Kia Classic in Carlsbad and returned a drama-free level par second round.

Meadow, who was in second place overnight after an opening round of 67, carded one birdie, one bogey and 16 pars in her round to finish the day on five under par and now sits in a tie for ninth place, five shots off the pace being set by Sung Hyun Park who shot a second round 66 to add to her opening 68 and is tied at the top with Thidapa Suwannapura on ten-under par.

While she didn’t progress as she no doubt would have wanted, Meadow didn’t do herself any damage on day two and with moving day still to come and the field tightly bunched, she can make more positives moves today with a solid round.

Park, the top ranked Korean, who was also second at last week’s LPGA Founders event and is bogey-free for the opening two rounds this week said; “Overall, I’m pretty happy with my play today, especially the bogey-free two days in a row.”

“The course is not easy actually. The fairways are pretty narrow and the greens are very soft and line is pretty hard to see for me.”

Thidapa Suwannapura also had a 66 to match Park at 10-under on 134 in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week in Rancho Mirage.

The Thai player is also bogey-free through 36 holes and commented; “Those greens are not that easy. Just play solid and hopefully keep making birdies.”

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