Kim leads at Longs Drugs Challenge

Kim leads at Longs Drugs Challenge

Kim found the sand on the ninth hole, but her 69 gave her a one-shot lead going into Sunday.
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DANVILLE, Calif. (AP) South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim remained in position for her first LPGA Tour victory, shooting a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Angela Stanford in the Longs Drugs Challenge.

The 20-year-old Kim, in her second season on the tour, had an 11-under 205 total on the Blackhawk Country Club course. She won the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Stanford, the Bell Micro LPGA Classic winner last month in Alabama, shot a 67, the best round of the day. She birdied her final three holes, chipping in on No. 16.

LPGA Championship winner Yani Tseng (70) and Mollie Fankhauser (73) were tied for third at 6 under, and Kristy McPherson (71) was 5 under.

Lorena Ochoa, a seven-time winner this season who lost a playoff to Suzann Pettersen last year at Blackhawk, shot a 74 to fall to 4 under. She opened with a double bogey after hitting her drive out of bounds.

Although Kim hasn’t won on the tour, she has come close. Last year, she lost a sudden-death playoff to Ochoa at the Wegmans LPGA.

This year, she tied for third at the U.S. Women’s Open and tied for ninth at the Women’s British Open, her past two majors.

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