Creamer One Back in Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Young Jo fired a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Jo stands at 7-under-par 137 through 36 holes.
 
Beth Bauer, the 2002 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year, carded a 5-under 67. She stands at 6-under-par 138 and shares second place with Jordan Cherebetiu (69) and amateur Paula Creamer (68). Emily Bastel, who shared the first-round lead with Naree Song, and Erica Blasberg are one stroke further back at minus-5.
 
This marks the first year that the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament is a 90-hole, five-day event. The event is taking place on both the Legends and Champions courses at LPGA International. The first 72 holes will be played on both courses, while the Legends course will host the final round.
 
Thirty exempt cards for the 2005 season are on the line as are 35 non-exempt spots.
 
Jo, who finished 11th on the Futures Tour money list, played the Champions course Thursday. She notched four front-nine birdies and came back with birdies at 12 and 14 to get to 7 under. She closed with four straight pars to cap a bogey-free round.
 
'My putting was really good today, and I did not miss any fairways,' said Jo. 'I had a good feeling this morning that I was going to play well.'
 
The 18-year-old Creamer had a rollercoaster round. She posted one double bogey, two bogeys, an eagle and six birdies on the Champions Course.
 
'It was a little up-and-down out there,' said Creamer, who played in the 2004 Curtis Cup for the United States. 'I fought back when I made a mistake, so it was a good day.'
 
Hana Kim is alone in seventh place at 4-under-par 140 after a round of 68.
 
Maria Hjorth, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, carded a 4-under 68 in the second round. She shares eighth place at 3-under-par 141 with Lee Ann Walker-Cooper (68), Amy Hung (71), Celeste Troche (67) and Beth Bader (71).
 
Tracy Hanson, Diane Irvin, Nicole Jeray, Leslie Spalding, Natalie Tucker, Katie Allison and Kelly Cap are tied for 13th at 2-under-par 142.
 
Song, the first-round co-leader, struggled in round two, as she posted a 4-over 76 to slide to 1-under-par 143.
 
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