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Navistar LPGA Classic – Second-Round Notes and Interviews

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Navistar LPGA Classic
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Capital Hill, Senator Course
Prattville, Alabama
September 16, 2011
Second-round notes and interviews

 
Lexi Thompson -10, Rolex Rankings No. 124
Stacy Lewis -8, Rolex Rankings No. 11
Becky Morgan -8, Rolex Rankings No. 167
Hee Kyung Seo -6, Rolex Rankings No. 26
Jennifer Johnson -6, Rolex Rankings No. 208

 
Sixteen-year-old Lexi Thompson will take a two-stroke lead into the third round of play at the Navistar LPGA Classic outside Montgomery, Ala. Thompson sits at 10-under-par after shooting a 68 in Friday’s second round and she’ll be paired in the final group on Saturday with Rolex Rankings No. 11 Stacy Lewis and Wales native Becky Morgan.
 
Thompson followed up her first-round 66 with another impressive round, tallying five birdies and one bogey on Friday. It’s the second time that Thompson has held the lead after two rounds at the Navistar LPGA Classic, as she also did it back in 2009.
 
This week marks Thompson’s eighth start on the LPGA this season. Her best finish in those starts this season was a T19 at the Avnet LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala., which is also played on one of the courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. She entered the final round of the Avnet LPGA Classic this year holding sole possession of the lead but went on to shoot a 78 on Sunday.
 
"I’m going to try to forget about Avnet, what I did the last day," Thompson said. "I’m just going to try to go into the weekend and play like I did the last two days:  just relax and calm and just swing freely."
 
Thompson is having a good summer, which included her winning the first stage of LPGA Q School by 10 shots back in July. Now she’ll try to see if she can improve upon her career-best finish, which was a tie for second at the 2010 Evian Masters. This will be the third time in Thompson’s career that she’s been paired in the final group on the LPGA Tour. And helping with Thompson’s comfort level is the fact that she is familiar with her playing partners, having even been paired with Lewis for a few rounds during the Ladies European Tour’s Irish Women’s Open this summer.
 
"They’re great players so I’m looking forward to it," Thompson said. "Just going to try to play consistently like I did the last few days."

 
Finding that consistency: Stacy Lewis is tied for second with Becky Morgan at 8-under-par after shooting her second straight round of 68 on Friday. But finding herself near the top of the leaderboard is nothing new for Lewis this season.
 
Since becoming a Rolex First-Time Winner at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in early April, Lewis has tallied six top-8 finishes. Four of those top-8 finishes have come in Lewis’ last five tournaments and twice during that stretch she recorded a runner-up finish (Evian Masters and the CN Canadian Women’s Open). Prior to her win at Kraft, Lewis had recorded a total of 10 top-10 finishes in her career since 2007. 
 
"My friends are like, I’m not going to tell you good playing anymore.  We’re tired of hearing it," Lewis said with a laugh. "But it’s so nice to be there [near the top of the leaderboard].  It’s getting comfortable there, and I think the more I’m there the more comfortable I’m

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