Kim edges ahead at Killeen Castle

Korean In-Kyung Kim has moved into the lead heading into the final round of the AIB Ladies Irish Open.

In-Kyung Kim has moved into the lead heading into the final round of the AIB Ladies Irish Open after posting a six under par 66.

The 22-year-old South Korean, who won the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour in December, carded eight birdies and two bogeys in Saturday’s second round at Killeen Castle, in County Meath to total a 9-under 135 and finish one shot clear of Swedes Linda Wessberg (66) and Anna Nordqvist (67) and Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord (66)

“I played very good today and started with a birdie,” said the World No.10, who tied for third at last week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open and is a two-time LPGA Tour winner.

“I had some missed saves, like number two, the par five, but overall I played very good and hit a lot of good shots.” added Kim who posted 32s on both her front and back nines.

“The weather! In one round you can get four seasons in the day: rain, wind, everything, sunshine. It’s been quite an experience but I’m enjoying it very much.” she said after being asked about the weather here.

Nordqvist, who won the LPGA Championship last year, shot 67 in a round that included six birdies and one bogey.

Wessberg, a three-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, had seven birdies in a 66, while Skarpnord, twice a winner on the LET last year, was out in 36 and scored an inward total of 30, with six birdies on the back nine.

Pernilla Lindberg in fifth place is the third Swede on the leader board while three-time Irish Open champion Sophie Gustafson and overnight leader Maria Hjorth complete the Nordic sextuplet in a share of sixth place, three shots behind the leader.

Rebecca Coakley continues to lead the Irish challenge.

A 72 left her at one under par in a share of 20th place.

Three Irish amateurs are playing inn the event and all made the cut, with 15-year-old Leona Maguire at level par after a 72, her twin sister Lisa on two under par after a 74 and Danielle McVeigh a stroke behind after a 73.