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Thompson still in lead at 12 under
September 21, 2012

Lexi Thompson -12, Rolex Rankings No. 25
Mindy Kim -11, Rolex Rankings No. 125
Mi Jung Hur -11, Rolex Rankings No. 156
Hee Young Park -10, Rolex Rankgs No. 38
Lizette Salas -10, Rolex Rankings No. 146
Angela Stanford -9, Rolex Rankings No. 17
Sydnee Michaels -9, Rolex Rankings No. 153

Rolex Rankings No. 25 Lexi Thompson moved one step closer to defending her title at the Navistar LPGA Classic, carding a 3-under 69 to maintain her lead in the second round. With four birdies and one bogey on Friday, Thompson moved to 12-under-par for the tournament taking a one stroke lead over Mi Jung Hur and Mindy Kim.

“I played pretty consistent today,” Thompson said. “I hit a few squirrely iron shots that I wasn't happy with, but overall I played consistent. My putting has gotten a lot better.”

Thompson says a minor change in her putting stance has given her more confidence with her putter this week.

“It's all about confidence really and just getting up to it and saying to yourself you're going to make the putt,” she said. “That's all I'm doing really, just getting a line and commit to it.”

70 players at 1-under-par 143 made the 36 hole cut at the Navistar LPGA Classic. Third-round coverage on Saturday will air from 2 to 5 p.m. Eastern.

The wind, rain and jetlag from last week’s RICOH Women’s British Open still seem to be taking a toll on those who traveled straight to the Navistar LPGA Classic. But despite feel under the weather before the second round of play, Mi Jung Hur quickly found a cure after playing the third hole.

“Before I started today, my feel wasn't good, so I thought about it's going to be tough day today,” Hur said. “But made three birdie ‑‑ after made three birdies, my conditions are way better.”

Hur and second-round partner Mindy Kim carded similar scores today including five straight birdies to start the front nine. Both ended the day with a 7-under 65, sharing a tie for second just one-stroke off leader Lexi Thompson’s pace.

Mindy Kim is trying to solidify her spot in the top-80 on the LPGA Official Money List following a 7-under-par 65 on Friday. The 23-year-old, who is seeking to better her career-best finish of a tie for fifth at the 2011 State Farm Classic, is one shot off the pace entering the third round of the Navistar LPGA Classic seeking her first-ever LPGA. A fourth-year member of the LPGA, Kim is currently 79th on the money list.

“I haven't been in this position for a while, so hopefully I can play some good golf on the weekend,” Kim said.

Kim’s best finish in 2012 was a tie for 10th at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. Since then, she has cracked the top 20 only once, a tie for 18th at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic where she carded a career-low 64 in the final round.

LPGA rookies Sydnee Michaels and Danielle Kang took part in the third Golf Channel takeover of the season during the second round of the Navistar LPGA Classic. The duo stepped behind the scenes to take on two important jobs for the television broadcast with Michaels handling graphics and Kang acting as an on-course microphone operator. Michaels, who shot 4-under-par 68 on Friday, worked under the tutelage of Golf Channel graphics guru Matt Hubbard, while Kang was left to fend for herself walking alongside the afternoon group of Veronica Felibert, Sun Young Yoo and Haeji Kang. Said Kang, “I never realized how much work it is to put all of this media coverage together. It was so much fun.”

Earlier this season at the Kia Classic, Christina Kim (play-by-play), Brittany Lincicome (producer) and Stacy Lewis (tower camera) took part in the first Golf Channel takeover. In June, Belen Mozo (producer) and Azahara Munoz (director) participated in the second takeover at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

The Prattville High School Lions take on the Thompson High Warriors tonight with a 7 p.m. kick off and second-round leader Lexi Thompson will be calling the coin toss. This marks the second year the 17-year-old attends the high school football game while in town for the Navistar LPGA Classic. She says she enjoys getting involved with the Prattville community.

“I'm really looking forward to it just to get my mind off golf and relax,” Thompson said. “I actually don't watch that much football, but just to go there, I know they have an awesome team.”

Jodi Ewart put her belly putter to rest today after using it for nearly a year. She brought back her short putter in Friday’s round… Jennifer Johnson, who shot a second-round 65, is donating 50 percent of her winnings to the Wounded Warrior Project this week… Kirby Dreher and Christel Boeljon both withdrew on Friday… Stacy Lewis carded an eagle on the par-4 ninth hole with a 56 degree wedge from 90 yards. The Rolex Rankings No. 3 shot 70 on Friday to drop into a tie for 11th… Amy Hung birdies the final hole to push the cut to 1-under-par 143.

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