Dori Carter shot an eight-under 64 during the morning wave of the second round at the Kia Classic to rocket up the leaderboard into first place at 10-under par. Carter leads an impressive duo at eight-under par, Stacy Lewis (66) and Christie Kerr (68).
Eight-under 64 is the course record at Aviara Golf Club, and a personal best for Carter, “I’m going to enjoy it. I’m having a blast out here, got a new caddie who is keeping me calm. I’m going to wake up tomorrow, and play again, and see what happens.”
Carter added, “[A] lot of smooth, good swings today, and a lot of good numbers.” Those swings led to eleven birdies and three bogies for the 26-year-old from Valdosta, Georgia.
Cristie Kerr will be joining Carter in the final group tomorrow after firing a four-under 68, “It was a great round, but not perfect by any stretch. There’s always room for improvement, so [I'm] going to do a little practice after the round, and get rested up for the weekend.”
Kerr eagled the par-4 first hole, her tenth hole of the day, “It was a great shot, couldn’t see it go in unfortunately, but it was a great seven-iron, perfect club.”
Stacy Lewis capitalized on the smoother greens this morning, “It was a really solid day, I hit the ball really well like I did yesterday, and the greens were so much better this morning. It was a couple shots difference I think playing in the morning versus the afternoon.”
San Diego native Tiffany Joh and Mariajo Uribe of Colombia are currently tied for fourth place at six-under par. Joh shot a three-under 69 for the second consecutive day, and Uribe posted a one-under 71 in the second round.
Chella Choi of South Korea shot a seven-under 65 (T6) to get to five-under total. Choi finished with seven birdies and no bogies.
Paula Creamer and Lizette Salas are tied with Choi at five-under total. Creamer is even-par and Salas is two-under through seven holes of round two.
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