Prattville, Ala. — South Africa's Paula Reto birdied her final hole Friday for a 6-under 66 and a three-stroke lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
Reto had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on her opening nine — the back nine on Capitol Hill's Senator layout. The 24-year-old former Purdue player finished with eight birdies and two bogeys to reach 13-under 131.
"I was just really patient with myself," said Reto, playing her first season on the LPGA Tour after a year on the Symetra Tour. "I hit a couple good irons, especially early in the round. I hit a couple close, 5 feet, so that was nice, got the momentum going pretty early. It was nice to birdie the last hole yesterday as well as today, that was really nice. Just trying to stay patient and not think too much, just simple things."
She started playing golf when she was 16.
"I moved from South Africa with my family in '05," Reto said. "We moved to Florida and I used to play field hockey and ran track. So I tried to start a team over here in Florida and the track and the field hockey wasn't as good, so my dad used to play golf and he said, 'So, why don't you just try golf.'
"So got in my freshman year of high school and tried golf. I loved it and ended up just dropping track and field hockey and just kept playing and loved the game."
South Korea's Mi Jung Hur, tied for the first-round lead with top-ranked Stacy Lewis at 64, was second after a 70. Hur had four birdies and two bogeys.
"I had a cold last night, so it was really hard to focus today," Hur said. "I finally wake up on the back nine and had a good nine holes."
Lewis, the 2012 winner in the event that was dropped from the schedule last year after losing its title sponsor, was third at 9 under after a 71. She had five birdies and four bogeys.
"Just got in trouble a couple times off the tee and made some bogeys that I shouldn't have," Lewis said. "Really just got in some bad places where I couldn't make par.
"The hole locations are a lot tougher today. Especially, you look at yesterday, some holes we had front pins and today they're back pins. That's an extra 30 yards on these greens."
Sydnee Michaels, Alison Walshe and Moriya Jutanugarn were 7 under. Michaels shot 65, Walshe 68, and Jutanugarn 69.
Former University of Alabama star Stephanie Meadow was 2 under after a 74.
Lexi Thompson, the 2011 winner at age 16, missed the cut with rounds of 70 and 78.
Tom Pernice Jr. birdied his final four holes for a 12-under 60 and a four-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Hawaii Championship at Kapolei.
Pernice finished a stroke off the tour record of 59 set by Kevin Sutherland last month in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York.
Pernice played his final nine holes — the front nine at Kapolei Golf Club — in 7-under 29, also birdieing Nos. 1, 2 and 4. He had five birdies on his opening nine.
The 55-year-old Pernice, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour winner, won the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa for his third Champions Tour title.
Michael Allen was second after a 64.
Davis Love III opened with a 69 in his Champions Tour debut. The 20-time PGA Tour winner turned 50 in April.
Zac Blair topped the Web.com Tour Championship leaderboard at 12 under when second-round play at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, was suspended because of darkness.
Blair was 5 under with three holes left in the round that was delayed because of rain. On Thursday, the 24-year-old former BYU player shot a 63 to match the record on TPC Sawgrass' Dye's Valley Course.
After missing the cuts in the first three events in the Web.com Tour Finals, Blair needs to earn about $40,000 in the season finale to earn a PGA Tour card.
The four-event series is limited to the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings.
The top 25 on the Web.com money list have earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for PGA Tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for another 25 cards based on their earnings in the series.
Derek Fathauer was second at 9 under after a 66.
Tommy Gainey broke the course record with a 62 to move into a tie for ninth at 5 under.
Ireland's Shane Lowry shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead in the Wales Open at Newport, and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher missed the cut in his final tournament before his first Ryder Cup.
Lowry had a 9-under 133 total on Celtic Manor's Twenty-Ten Course.
Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts and Dutchman Joost Luiten were tied for second. Colsaerts had a 68, eagling the 18th hole for the second day in a row, and Luiten shot 69.
Gallacher followed his opening 78 with a 70.
European Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood, Jamie Donaldson and Thomas Bjorn also are in the field. Donaldson was tied for 10th at 5 under after a 67, Bjorn was tied for 22nd at 2 under after a 69, and Westwood was tied for 55th at even par after a 69.