Song and Kane share lead, Annika five back

STOCKBRIDGE (Georgia): Aree Song gave herself an early birthday present on Friday, earning a share of the lead with Lorie Kane atop a crowded leaderboard at the LPGA tour golf tournament here. 

A 17-year-old rookie born in Thailand who now has South Korean citizenship, Song had six birdies on a bogey-free day at Eagle's Landing Country Club, grabbing the clubhouse lead at nine-under 135 before Canada's Kane caught her. 

“I played pretty well all day,” Song said. “It was my last round as a 17-year-old, so I wanted to do it right.” 

Kane shot a 68 to join Song at 135, a stroke ahead of Grace Park of South Korea and Natalie Gulbis. South Koreans Kim Mi-hyun and Lee Jung-yeon were two shots back, with Rosie Jones and Michele Redman among four players three off the pace. 

ON SONG: Aree Song of South Korea reacts after chipping in from 35 feet for a birdie on the 16th hole during the second round in the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship on Friday. Song shot a 6-under par 66 and is 9-under after 36 holes.- APpic

Swedish superstar Annika Sorenstam birdied two of the final three holes to close a 69 and creep within five shots of the leaders at four-under 140. The Hall of Famer won two of her first three starts this year. 

Also on the leaderboard are South Korean star Pak Se-ri, American Meg Mallon, Australian Rachel Teske and Lorena Ochoa of Mexico at five-under 139 and Cristie Kerr with Sorenstam at 140. 

While some of the game's bigger names are on the leaderboard, Song is just trying to make a name for herself. She's halfway to her first career title, having played the last 31 holes in eight-under. 

On Friday, Song had three birdies in a four-hole span on the front nine and three more in a six-hole stretch on the back. Among the birdies were three putts of 15 feet. – AFP  

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