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Shin stays on top of leaderboardSal Maiorana â€" Staff writerSports â€" June 27, 2009 - 3:00amANNETTE LEIN staff photographerJiyai Shin waves after her par putt on No.


She later made three birdies to move to 14 under.This item is not available on our mobile site.If your mobile device supports full HTML (most smart phones), click here to view…She may be a rookie by LPGA Tour standards, and because she is playing a full schedule in the United States for the first time, 21-year-old South Korean Jiyai Shin said she certainly feels like a rookie.The thing is, she doesn't play like one, and her professional rsum reads like that of a seasoned veteran.Friday morning — and then afternoon thanks to a more than four-hour weather delay — Shin carved up Locust Hill Country Club and backed up her opening day 65 with a solid 68 to move to 11-under-par 133, good enough for the clubhouse lead in the 33rd Wegmans LPGA."I feel like a rookie because the last three years I played in Korea and only played a few times in the States," said Shin, who has won 23 tournaments worldwide, including four LPGA events, one of which was the 2008 Women's British Open."I don't know the courses very well, and it feels like every week is new because I've never been to this event, or last week's event."Among the players who managed to finish the second round, Sandra Gal was the closest to Shin, who set a tournament 36-hole scoring record.

Gal is now four shots in arrears after a 73 as she failed to build on the momentum from Thursday's superlative 64.Jennifer Rosales shot a second-round 69 to get to 6-under 138, and Brittany Lang made a nice move with a 66 that put her at 5-under 139.A number of players — including Kristy McPherson (-7 through 13), Michelle Wie (-7 through 10), Stacy Lewis (-7 through 14; she started on No.

10) and Morgan Pressel (-8 through 13) — put themselves within shouting distance of Shin when darkness finally brought an end to the long day, setting up what should be an interesting final 36 holes.There was a 41-minute delay early in the morning, and then at 11:28 a.m.

the horn blew a second time and play was halted for just more than four hours, which made it impossible for any of the afternoon starters to complete the round.They will all return this morning to complete the second round, and after the cut is made and the pairings are finalized, the third round should commence sometime around 11 a.m.Shin, who won 10 times in 19 starts on the Korean LPGA Tour in 2007, became in 2008 the first non-LPGA member to win three times.

In addition to her win at the British, she also captured the Mizuno Classic and the season-ending $1 million prize at the ADT Championship.Earlier this year — her first as an LPGA member — she won the HSBC event in Singapore."The British Open was a big change for me," she said.

"I got more confidence because I was always thinking this tour was too hard and too high for me before the British Open.

Now I feel like I can do it.'"And she is.After birdies at Nos.

3 and 4 pulled her even with Gal, she sat out the rain delay, and then came back to par out on the front.

After the turn she birdied Nos.

13, 14 and 17 as Gal faded.Shin spent five hours practicing her putting on Tuesday, and she said it has paid big dividends in the first two rounds."I have a good feeling for this week," she said.

"Today and yesterday I was really happy with my putter.

These greens are very small and they have undulation so it's very important for distance, but I got a lot of practice with my putting."Gal started well enough with three pars and a birdie at No.

3 before the lengthy delay began.

Upon returning, she closed out the front nine with five pars, then birdied 10 and 11 to get to 11 under and it looked like she was going to scorch the back nine the way she did Thursday when she made six birdies.Instead, she bogeyed 12 and 14, and then made a double bogey at the 16th when she chunked her third shot into a greenside bunker and missed an eight-foot putt for bogey."All around I'm pretty happy with my position today," said the native of Germany.

"I'm in the hunt for the weekend so I can't complain about that.

It was a little tougher out there, a couple rain delays so that wasn't the easiest thing, but I'm happy overall."Gal admitted that sometimes it is tough to follow a great round like the one she had on Thursday, but she wasn't using that as an excuse."I actually had a good start, but toward the end of the round I started hitting a few drives crooked," she said.

"Maybe it was a little bit of tiredness, I don't know what it was.

I felt good out there except for a couple holes."Lang, who missed the cut here the past two years but finished tied for third as a rookie in 2006, made the biggest move of the day with a 66 that got her onto the leaderboard."I've been playing well for a long time, the end of last year and all of this year," she said.

"I played a very good round out there."[email protected] you goWhat: Wegmans LPGA golf tournament at Locust Hill Country Club.When: Competition resumes at 7 a.m.

today and after the cut the third round will consist of twosomes teeing off from Nos.

1 and 10.Finishing up: 71 players did not finish the second round.

TV: 3 to 5 p.m.

on ESPN2.Tickets: Tournament pass (grounds only), $60.

Daily ticket (grounds only), $35.

All tickets from Friday will be honored today for grounds only.Information: Call (585) 427-7100 or go to
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