Stanford, Kim lead HSBC Women’s Champions

American Angela Stanford and South Korean Song-Hee Kim share the 36-hole lead at 5-under-par 139 at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.  Stanford, who bogied the par-4 18th hole to drop into a tie with Kim, was one of four players who shared the first round lead at Tanah Merah Country Club.

The 32-year-old entered the week searching for a swing thought to cure her uncomfortable stroke.  She made the turn at 3-under-par 33 on the day and added a fourth birdie on 10 before three bogies down the stretch.  Stanford shot 1-under-par 71 on Friday to maintain a share of the lead entering Saturday’s third round play. A four-time Tour winner, Stanford crossed the $4 million mark with her most recent victory at the 2009 SBS Open at Turtle Bay.  She is just more than $75,000 shy of eclipsing the $5 million mark this week in Singapore.

The 21-year-old Kim carded four birdies and two bogies, all in her final 10 holes, to take a share of the lead at the 63-player event.  Kim, who played in the final pairings on Sunday at last week’s Honda PTT LPGA Thailand, has a knack for being near the top of the leaderboard.  In 2009, she eclipsed the $1 million mark in season earnings for the first time in her career on the heels of 12 top-10 finishes.

Stanford and Kim will play alongside Hee-Won Han (73-67=140, -4) in the final pairing on Saturday.