Kim takes halfway lead at Irish Open, at host venue for 2011 Solheim Cup

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In-kyung Kim carded eight birdies and two bogeys in her second round at Killeen Castle to move to 9 under par overall.
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Published: Saturday, August 07, 2010 | 6:15 p.m.

In-kyung Kim shot a 6-under-par 66 Saturday to establish a one-stroke lead entering the final round of the AIB Ladies Irish Open. The Ladies European Tour event is significant because it’s being played on the course that will host the 2011 Solheim Cup.

The South Korean carded eight birdies and two bogeys in her second round at Killeen Castle to move to 9 under par overall.

"I played very good today and started with a birdie,” the two-time LPGA Tour winner said. "I had some missed saves, like No. 2, the par 5, but overall I played very good and hit a lot of good shots."

Six Nordic players were in the chasing pack, led by Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and Linda Wessberg, and Norway's Marianne Skarpnord, all on 8 under.

Nordqvist shot 67 in a round that included six birdies and one bogey. Wessberg had seven birdies in a 66 while Skarpnord was out in 36 and scored an inward total of 30, with six birdies on the back nine.

Pernilla Lindberg is the fourth Swede on the leaderboard in fifth place on 7 under par after a bogey-free 66.

Georgina Simpson (70) and Melissa Reid (72) were the leading English players, the pair among a group of four on 4 under overall.

Rebecca Coakley continued to lead the Irish challenge after a round of 72 left her at 1 under par in a share of 20th.

Among the Americans in the field are: Brittany Lang (-3); Christina Kim and Brittany Lincicome (-2); Angela Stanford and Kristy McPherson (-1); Mollie Fankhauser and Beth Allen (+3); and Alison Walshe and Mallory Blackwelder (+4).

And among other LPGA Tour regulars with hopes of making the European Solheim Cup team are Sophie Gustafson and Maria Hjorth (-5); Suzann Pettersen (-2); Helen Alfredsson (-1); Carin Koch (even); Laura Davies (+1); and Catriona Matthew (+3).