Uribe leads Ko, Shin by 1 in Australia

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Updated: February 15, 2013

Mariajo Uribe carded a 6-under 67 on
Friday to grab a 1-stroke lead after two rounds of the Women’s Australian
Open.

Uribe completed two rounds at 15-under-par 131 at the par-73 Royal Canberra
Golf Club.

First-round leader Lydia Ko shot 4-under 69. The 15-year-old amateur fell into
a share of second place with Jiyai Shin, who posted a 67, at minus-14.

Kristie Smith (68) is alone in fourth at 10-under 136, while Beatriz Recari
(69) is one shot back at minus-9.

Defending champion Jessica Korda (69) and world No. 1 Yani Tseng (71) are
among six players tied for eighth at 7-under-par 139.

Uribe played the back nine first on Friday and opened with a birdie on the
par-4 10th. She ran off seven consecutive pars before making birdie at 18 to
turn at minus-11.

The Colombian caught fire around the turn with birdies at the second and
fourth.

Uribe converted her fifth birdie of the day at the par-5 sixth. That gave her
a share of the lead at 14-under. She came right back with a birdie at the
seventh to move one stroke clear of the field.

The 22-year-old Uribe parred the final two holes to end one clear.

“I’m not hitting the ball that well, but I’m putting great, so it really helps
out when you have to get an up and down and make birdies,” Uribe said. “I went
out just wanting to get in the competition after two months without playing,
so it was a fun round. I made good putts, took advantage of the opportunities
and the same thing I did today. So I feel pretty good.”

Ko, who won the New Zealand Women’s Open last week for her third professional
title, parred her first two holes before converting a birdie effort on the
par-3 third.

The teenager poured in three consecutive birdies from the fifth to jump to 14-
under. She parred the next four holes.

Ko birdied the par-4 12th, but gave that stroke back with a bogey at the 14th.
She closed her round with four straight pars.

“Four-under is a good score. It’s not an easy course,” Ko stated.

Shin, the reigning Women’s British Open champion, notched back-to-back birdies
from the 10th. After tripping to a bogey on No. 14, she carded three straight
birdies from the 15th.

The Korean carded three more birdies on the front nine to climb to 15-under.
However, Shin faltered to a bogey at the ninth, her last, to end one back.