Lewis fires 63 before winds kick up to lead ShopRite Classic

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lewis Photo courtesy of ShopRite LPGA Classic/Stacy Lewis signs an autograph for a fan after shooting a 63 Saturday at the Classic. Stacy Lewis fired a 63 Saturday and stands at minus-12 to lead the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer at Stockton Seaview Resort in Galloway.

Lewis leads Christina Kim by one stroke and Jennifer Johnson by two heading into Sunday's final round.

Lewis completed her 18 holes before the winds really kicked up on a sunny day that brought big crowds to the historic Bay course at Stockton Seaview.

Lewis, currently ranked second in the world in the Rolex Rankings behind Inbee Park, spoke afterwards about how she enjoyed the shot-making creativity that is required on windy days.

"If you look at a lot of my wins and a lot of the courses I played well on it's when it's windy and when it's hard," she said. "Today we had more of a north wind and yesterday we had a south wind, so the golf course can change overnight, and you have to be able to adjust with it and you have to be able to change your shots."

Lewis tied the tournament record set by Amy Benz in 1996 for lowest score of 130 total shots after 36 holes, a score matched by Denise Killen in 2004 and by Lewis herself in 2012 en route to her first ShopRite LPGA Classic victory. The final scoring record of -17 is held by Annika Sorenstam, who shot that total twice in her three wins at this event.

johnson Jennifer Johnson On Friday, Johnson shot a career-low round of 62, tying the course record, to take the first-round lead at the Classic. Johnson carded 10 birdies and one bogey on the Bay Course.

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