Kirk, who is defending her victory in the event last year, was unable to match the brilliance of her opening round 62 but a one under par round of 71 has her in a share of 3rd place, albeit five shots behind the tearaway Kim.
“I hit 16 greens again but probably didn't have as good chances as I did yesterday,” Kirk said when asked to compare her opening two rounds.
“On the front nine I just couldn't get one to drop, and back nine hit lots of good putts and, again, nothing dropped.
“Overall I'm really happy with how today went. I was very patient. Yeah, hit a lot of greens. That's all you can do."
Kim leads by four over Chinese LPGA Tour rookie Yu Liu whose round of 63 was the best of the day with Kirk tied for 3rd with Mariah Stackhouse, Emma Talley, In Gee Chun and Amy Yang.
All the talk on day two however was of Kim’s great outward nine of 32 which included a double bogey at her 8th hole. She recovered nicely with a closing nine of 33 for her round of 65 to take that four-shot lead into the weekend.
Kim closed off this event well last year when a final round of 63 saw her finish 3rd behind Kirk and Ashleigh Buhai. Her most recent starts have been neither good, nor bad, but this is a golf course that clearly suits her eye and she will be hard to run down this weekend.
Other Australians to make the cut were Minjee Lee, who is in 30th place at 7 under and 9 shots from the lead and Rebecca Artis who is tied for 58th but has made another cut in her rookie season.
New Zealander Lydia Ko is at 9 under and tied for 11th place.
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