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Lewis leads by 1 at Seaview

Galloway, NJ ( - Stacy Lewis fired an 8-under 63 on Saturday and that gave her a 1-stroke lead after two rounds of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Lewis, who won in Texas earlier this year, finished 36 holes at 12-under-par 130. She will go for her 10th LPGA Tour title on Sunday on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

Lewis' total of 130 matched the 36-hole scoring record at this event. Amy Benz first set the mark in 1996, and it was later tied by Denise Killeen in 2004 and Lewis in 2012.

Christina Kim posted a 4-under 67 and moved into second place at minus-11. Jennifer Johnson, who matched the course record on Friday, managed a 1-under 70 on Saturday and ended two rounds at 10-under 132.

Anna Nordqvist (65) and Gerina Piller (67) share fourth place at minus-8, while Haeji Kang (67) is alone in sixth at 7-under 135.

Lewis played in the morning wave, and got off to a stellar start. She parred three of the first four holes to go with a birdie on the third. Lewis poured in three straight birdie chances from the fifth to move to 8-under.

After four pars in a row, Lewis birdied the 12th. She then birdied the par-3 15th to get to 10-under. The 2012 champion closed her round with birdies at 17 and 18.

"My alignment was kind of messed up the last few rounds, and I kind of started to figure it out throughout the day (Friday), and it definitely felt a lot better today. I hit the ball a lot more solid, didn't have to make as many par putts, and it was just a lot easier overall," Lewis said.

"I think if you look at a lot of my wins and a lot of the courses I played well on is when it's windy and when it's hard. I enjoy that. I like when you kind of have to work shots into the wind or do you hit more club and work it into the wind or hit less club and let it ride the wind. I like doing that, like being creative. It really just suits my game."

Kim, who hasn't won since the 2005 season, played the back nine first on Saturday and she parred her first six holes. After tripping to a bogey on the par-4 16th, Kim bounced back with birdies on the 17th and 18th.

Around the turn, Kim birdied the difficult par-4 second to move to minus-9. She converted back-to-back birdie chances at five and six to get within one of the lead. Kim ended there as she parred her final three holes.

"The scores are finally starting to add up. I was playing well last year, but I was still injured and I was having a lot of compensatory movements throughout my swing, and I just really got healthy and tightened it all up in the last seven or eight months or so," Kim stated. "So it's just been a work in progress, and I've just been steadily waiting patiently for things to start falling into place."

NOTES: Lewis will take over the top spot in the world rankings with a win or a second-place finish this week ... Defending champion Karrie Webb managed a 1- under 70 and ended two rounds tied for 19th at minus-3 ... Irene Coe, Danielle Kang and M.J. Hur all withdrew on Saturday ... The cut line fell at 1-over-par 143 with 73 players moving on to the weekend ... Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko were among those that survived on the number, while Natalie Gulbis, Juli Inkster, Caroline Masson, Laura Davies and Jessica Korda were among those that missed the cut.

05/31 21:22:02 ET

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