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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Jessica Korda charges up Avnet LPGA Classic leaderboard

Jessica Korda at the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur. Photo courtesy of McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Bradenton's Jessica Korda fired her first sub-70 round for the 2011 LPGA Tour season on Friday.

Korda's rookie campaign hasn't gone smoothly - missing two cuts and cashing in the guaranteed-invite tournaments thus far in '11.

However, the 18-year-old high school senior might just have found her missing touch at the Avnet LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala.

Her 3-under par 69 included five birdies that has her sitting in a tie for 29th at even-par.

Joining Korda on the weekend is Pendleton School at IMG Academies graduate Paula Creamer (T21st, 1-under par) and another former IMG standout, Taylor Leon, who is one shot behind Korda.

Monday qualifier and Bradenton resident Jaclyn Sweeney played better in round two, but her 75 left her with a 156 total and a missed cut.

Sweeney has full-time status on the Ladies European Tour, which did not have an event this week.

Despite taking up a spot on the alternate list for this week's LPGA event, Sweeney was so far down that her best chance at making the tourney was through the "Open Qualifier" - just one of a handful on the circuit in 2011.

The tournament concludes with Sunday's final round.


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