In the second round of the LPGA Tour’s Drive-On Championship (total prize money of $1.75 million) held at Bradenton Country Club (par 71) in Florida on the 27th (Korea time), Lee So-mi shot a 6-under 65.
Lee finished second with 8-under 134. She is two strokes ahead of Nelly Korda of the U.S., the lone lead.
She had a one-stroke lead over Lydia Ko (New Zealand), Lin Shiyu (China), and Ayaka Furue (Japan), who tied for third.
Lee So-mi, who has won five KLPGA tours, won the qualifying (Q) series in December last year by tying for second place to qualify for the tour.
Lee So-mi made three birdies before writing down the only bogey on the 8th hole (par 5), and made four birdies in the second half.
As a result, Lee So-mi reduced the second-most pars among the participants, raising her ranking by 12 notches.
Kang Min-ji, who started her professional career in the U.S., finished the second round tied for sixth (6-under 136) with Kim Se-young with three birdies and one bogey.
Kang Min-ji ranked fifth in the prize money ranking at the Epson Tour, the second-tier tour, last year, and won the right to participate in the LPGA Tour.
Lee Mi-hyang and Choi Hye-jin tied for 18th (3-under 139) side by side.
Sung Yu-jin, who will make her debut with Lee So-mi, is tied for 31st (2-under 140).
On the other hand, Im Jin-hee was sluggish with three birdies, three bogeys and two double bogeys on the day, recording six over par and failing to make the cut.
Im Jin-hee, a former KLPGA Tour champion, managed to get a pass by tying for 17th in last year’s Q Series, but unfortunately finished her first tournament.