Kim leads Choi by one shot

South Korea’s Song-Hee Kim birdied four holes in a row on the

front nine Friday and finished with her second straight 4-under 68

for a one-stroke lead over defending champion Na Yeon Choi in the

LPGA Hana Bank Championship.

Winless in 73 LPGA Tour starts, Kim finished second in the LPGA

Championship in late June, then lost a playoff to Choi the

following week in the Jamie Farr Classic.

”I played really well in the early part of the round, but I

struggled with my shots in the last part of the round,” Kim said.

”I managed to overcome the adversity with my putting. I can play

well tomorrow if I play the way I played today.”

Choi also shot a 68 on Sky 72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course.

”I have confidence right now, and I have a good feeling about

my game,” Choi said. ”I felt that I lost focus on the last couple

holes, so I’m going to go to the range and hit some balls and get

more focus and confidence.”

Vicky Hurst was third at 6 under after a 70.

Juli Inkster, the 50-year-old Hall of Famer who bogeyed the

final hole last week in Malaysia to finish a stroke behind winner

Jimin Kang, was three strokes back at 5 under after a 68. Inkster

is trying to become the oldest LPGA Tour winner.

”I’m over last week,” Inkster said. ”I’ve played so long out

here, I just kind of let it go. What it did tell me is I’m playing

well, and I can compete out here.”

Second-ranked South Korean star Jiyai Shin was 3 under after a

68, and No. 1 Cristie Kerr was another stroke back after her second

straight 71.

Michelle Wie shot a 73, leaving her 1 under.