Gal leads Avnet Classic

The LPGA Tour has played 36 holes of the Avnet Classic near Mobile in Alabama and it is the German golfer Sandra Gal who leads by one over Amy Yang and by two over Karen Stupples, Song-Hee Kim and Stacy Lewis.

Gal, who broke through for her first LPGA Tour title earlier this season when victorious at the Kia Classic, recovered from a mid round stumble to birdie five of her last eight holes.

"Well, I didn't start off that strong today," said Gal. "It was kind of slow start, but I just made a couple bogeys, 9, 10, and that was kind of like a turning point for me. I kind of got down on myself a little bit. Then I was like okay, let's just play one shot at a time and be patient. The birdies are going to come. They did, so I was happy about that.

"Obviously I'm playing well. I'm just enjoying myself out there. I mean, I'm not doing anything really different. I've been playing solid since the end of last year. Just winning, you know, I think you get more comfortable at the top. Being in the lead is something you know, you want to be there and feel comfortable there, so that's probably the difference now."

Yang has yet to win on the LPGA Tour but she has developed into a consistent player. Once she breaks through she could well win a lot more as there is little doubting of her talent. At the age of just 16 and as an amateur she beat a strong field to win the ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia and although her next victory has been a long time coming, it must surely do so before long.

Lewis has continued on from where she left off at the Kraft Nabisco at her last start and is well positioned to make it back to back LPGA Tour starts.

The leading Australian is Sarah Kemp who is in a share 6th place at 4 under. Katherine Hull is 21st while Karrie Webb is in 58th position and the only other Australian to make the cut.

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