Saturday, February 18, 2012

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) - Fourteen-year-old amateur Lydia Ko shot her second straight 3-under 69 on Saturday for a share of second-round lead in the New Zealand Women's Open.

Ko, the world's top-ranked amateur, became the youngest winner of a professional tour event last month in the Women's New South Wales Open in Australia. She briefly held the outright lead before a bogey on the par-17th dropped her into a six-way tie at 6 under at Pegasus Golf Club.

The South Korean-born New Zealander was tied with Colombia's Mariajo Uribe (68), Australia's Lindsey Wright (68), South Korea's Haeji Kang (69), American Alison Walshe (70) and Spain's Carlotta Ciganda (69).

Canadian star Lorie Kane (67) was a stroke back along with Americans Cindy Lacrosse (67) and Gerina Piller (71) and Australians Julia Boland (68) and Stephanie Na (69).

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