Trio one clear at Meijer Classic

Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson and Alison Lee hold a one-shot lead after the second round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Overnight leader Salas carded a two-under 69, while Thompson and Lee, fired rounds of 64 and 66 respectively to head into the weekend’s running on nine-under.

Dori Carter and Katherine Kirk, who had held a share of the first round lead, found the going tougher on Friday and ended the day in a tie for 13th after they followed up their first-round 64s with rounds of 73.

World number one Inbee Park remains five strokes behind the leaders after she carded a second-round 68, having notched a first round 70 on Thursday.

Salas was unable to hit the heights of her opening 64, but still managed to retain her place atop the leaderboard as she made three birdies and a bogey in a round of 69.

Thompson surged up the leaderboard after a sensational performance on the front nine, which saw her make six birdies, including three in a row from the fourth to the sixth hole.

The American’s back nine did not herald as much success, but she did record her seventh birdie at the 15th in a bogey-free round.

After going bogey-free in the first round, Lee was on track to keep that trend going when she registered five birdies on her front nine, including three on the bounce from the 16th to the 18th hole.

Lee made another birdie on the first before her bogey-free run ended when she recorded her first bogey of the tournament at the par-three sixth.

Sitting one stroke behind the leaders are Gerina Miller (65), Q Baek (68), Kris Tamulis (68), Wei-Ling Hsu (69) and Jaye Marie Green (69).

Park also ascended up the leaderboard on Friday as she followed her first-round 70 with a 68, which included four birdies and a bogey, to end the day on four-under, five shots off the pace.