Lexington’s Kathryn Miranda races to 7-shot lead at City Women’s Championship

On the second day of the Sonic Women’s City Golf Championship, Kathryn Miranda shot into the lead with a four-under par 68 at Columbia Country Club.

Miranda, a Lexington native and rising senior at College of Charleston, began the day two strokes behind high schooler Kelli Murphy.

“I definitely felt good,” Miranda said of starting in second. “I had a great finish yesterday, and I was just hoping to continue that.”

Tuning out the competition, Miranda focused on the course and shaved four shots off her first round score.

“It wasn’t that any one hole was significant or changed very much. My nines were pretty much flipped from yesterday, so it was not that I played it much differently,” she said.

Miranda moved into the lead on the front nine as Murphy and Cecilia Fournil struggled with bogeys. Meanwhile, Miranda posted six birdies and two bogeys on the day.

Miranda goes into the final round with a seven-stroke lead over Murphy. Murphy posted six bogeys on the day and finished at 77.

Still, Miranda said, the lead hardly is a comfortable one for her.

“This is a new position for me,” she said.

“The last tournament I was in I started the final round one up, and I wasn’t able to finish out well, so I want to work hard to be sure I don’t have that kind of day tomorrow.”

Rachel Moore is in third with 151 and Kelsey Badmaev in fourth at 154, each having shot 76 in the second round.

The final round begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Thursday.