Rookies Sit First, Second After Two Rounds of Play at Kingsmill Championship

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Alison Lee
Alison Lee finished the second round of play in first place at 9-under. (Photo courtesy of Ralph Kuhnley)

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LPGA Tour rookie Alison Lee proved Thursday's opening-round 66 was no fluke.

Lee followed up her strong first-round performance with a 4-under 67 on Day Two of the Kingsmill Championship, sitting alone atop the leaderboard at 9-under par.

After shooting 1-under par on the front nine, which included a three-putt bogey on the sixth hole, Lee put together a stellar back nine that included back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes.

"Coming into today I felt really confident, especially after my round yesterday," she said after finishing her second round. "I was striking the ball well, was putting well and got it rolling on the front nine."

Another rookie Lee – Australia's Minjee Lee – is sitting in prime position heading into the weekend tied with Perrine Delacour, whose best finish was a tie for 15th at the 2014 Handa Australian Open, for second place at 7-under par.

Minjee Lee's round was sparked by an eagle on the third hole, which preceded a birdie on the fourth hole.

One of the biggest stories of the Kingsmill Championship second round was the fall of Joanna Klatten, who topped the leaderboard after the first round.

Klatten day got off to an ominous start as her opening tee shot sailed wide left of the fairway and out of bounds, which gave way to a 5-over front nine. Klatten salvaged the round on the back nine, making up a stroke to finish the day with a 4-over 75.

Conversely, Sweden's Suzann Petterson ascended the leaderboard after scoring a round-two best 6-under 65.

"I haven't lost it mentally so far. If I'm like balancing on the line of just kind of going my way or the other way, it feels like I've kind of lost it mentally in the past," she said. "Just trying to stay on top of it and keep my eyes up and keep my head up."

Heading into the weekend, the field of 144 golfers was trimmed to 81 after a cut line of 2-over was set.

Defending Kingsmill Championship winner Lizette Salas and three-time Kingsmill Championship winner Cristie Kerr failed to make the cut at 5- and 7-over par, respectively.

To see the full leaderboard after two days of action, click here.

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Rookies Sit First, Second After Two Rounds of Play at Kingsmill Championship