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Rookie Frida Kinhult maintains ShopRite LPGA Classic lead, many others lurking

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GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ — Frida Kienhult placed 18th in par-5, finishing 4th under 67 and leading the second round Saturday at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

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Aiming for her first tour win, the 22-year-old Swede starred in Florida State and became the top amateur in the world in 2019.

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“It was pretty good there,” Kienhult said. “The pitch has been very productive this weekend and I have to keep it going. I know I can’t go there (on Sunday) and just parse.”

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Kienhult also hit #8, 12 and 13 – all par 4s – in a no-ghost round in overcast and mostly windless conditions at the Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. In total, she had 9 points to 133 points.

Lauren Coughlin took back her 65th goal without a scarecrow.

“I just felt like everything was starting to come together,” Coughlin said. “I felt (on Friday) that I played very well and was close to winning. (Saturday) finally everything clicked and the beats went.


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On Sunday, gusty winds and rain are expected.

“Tomorrow anything can happen,” Kienhult said. “I cannot go and parse. Tomorrow I’ll have to fight for my birdies and try to get low to get a W.”

Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Morgan Metro were 7 under, shooting 67 each. Lydia Ko (65), who placed fourth, was 6 under Albane Valenzuela (66), Lindsey Weaver-Wright (68) and Nasa Hataoka (68) .

Issy Gabsa had the best round of the week, after opening 74 with 64 to get to 4 under. Jin Yong Ko, who placed first, was also 4 short after 71.

Shortly after Saturday’s round ended, Coughlin headed to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to watch the Phillies play the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“I’m going to the game with my husband (former Virginia football player John Pond),” she said. “A couple of our very good friends live in Philadelphia and they bought us tickets so we’re going to meet them at the game. My husband liked baseball, and I like to go and see different stadiums and all that.”



Source: www.golfchannel.com

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