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The Sports Xchange, Published April 18 2014

Anderson makes cut but slips at bit at LPGA Lotte Championship

Scores were lower Thursday in the second round of the LPGA Lotte Championship, and Angela Stanford took the lead by firing the lowest round of the tournament in Kapolei, Hawaii.

An 8-under-par 64 at Ko Olina Golf Club gave Stanford a two-run total of 136 and a one-shot lead over Michelle Wie.

Amy Anderson of Oxbow, N.D., shot a second-round, even-par 72 and is in a tie for 16th place at 2 under. The former North Dakota State golfer moved to 4 under for the tournament with two birdies on the front nine but bogeyed three of the first six holes on back nine. She'll play the weekend for the second time this season.

Stanford, a 36-year-old Texan with five career victories, enjoyed two hot streaks during her bogey-free round. She carded five consecutive birdies from Nos. 3-7, then made three more birdies in a row from Nos. 11-13.

"I've had these stretches where I've played good in a round and then I'll make a bogey or two and kind of lose my focus, so it was nice when I had a couple long par putts to make or when I had to get up and down, I did," Stanford said. "It was nice to be in that zone all day."

Stanford was particularly pleased with her round considering that she is dealing with chronic forearm soreness.

"It hurt so bad this morning that I was just trying to make contact and get it around, and sometimes that helps because your expectations go way down," she said. "I was really just trying to navigate my way and not be out there any longer hitting my more shots that I had to."

Wie shot a 67 on Thursday, leaving her at 137. The 24-year-old Hawaiian finished with five birdies and no bogeys in the second round.

"I'm trying not to put so much pressure on myself," Wie said of playing in her home state. "I'm trying to go out there and have fun.

"I definitely saw a lot of support from the crowd. They were cheering me on. I definitely felt that. It was a lot of fun."

American Cristie Kerr and South Koreans Inbee Park, Hyo Joo Kim and So Yeon Ryu are tied for third at 138. Kerr shot a second-round 66, Park carded a 68, and Kim and Ryu each shot 70. Ryu and Kim shared the first-round lead with South Korea's Se Ri Pak after shooting 68 on Wednesday.

Pak followed with a 71 on Thursday, leaving her in a tie for fifth at 139 with South Korea's Ha Na Jang.

American Katie Burnett, South Korea's So Young Lee and Japan's Haru Nomura share ninth place at 140, four shots behind Stanford.

South Korea's Jimin Kang completed the second-best round of the tournament Thursday, a 7-under 65. However, the low score merely left her tied for 36th place at 145, as she struggled to an 80 in the opening round.

Kang got off to a sizzling start Thursday, recording birdies on each of the first five holes. She made bogeys on the ninth and 12th holes, but she added four more birdies on the back nine. Kang birdied each of the four par-5 holes.