Ashleigh Buhai leads Blue Bay LPGA by 1 stroke

Ashleigh Buhai leads Blue Bay LPGA by 1 stroke”

South Africa's Ashleigh Buhai coped admirably with swirling winds to battle her way to a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Blue Bay LPGA in China on Thursday.

The South Korean fired a seven under 65 around the Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club in China, enough for a one shot lead over local hopeful Xian Sui, who is alone in second.

Ariya, who finished third here previous year, fired five birdies on Nos.1, 4, 7, 9 and 14 and two bogeys on Nos.15 and 17, while her big sister Moriya shot six birdies on Nos.1, 3, 8, 9, 11 and 16 but dropped three strokes on Nos.5, 7 and 12.

However, the rest of the field struggled in the blustery conditions and the scoring averaged at four-over-par 76.

Sui fell behind by two strokes with a bogey on the 15th hole, but was able to regain a stroke on the leader with birdies on her last two. "It was cool", said Buhai who remains winless in her four years stateside.

"It was downhill and downwind and I hit this lob-wedge, bounced it into the hill perfectly and it just kept trickling".

In-form Feng said she was enjoying having the support of the Chinese crowd. The wind was more or less the same direction, just a bit stronger, so I think it helps being the same direction as you have an idea what to do.

Yoo's bogey-free round saw four birdies on the front nine and another three coming home.

"I knew that after the first round I would be warmed up a little more".

Top-ranked Park Sung-Hyun of South Korea had 68 and was in a share of ninth at four-under 68.

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