14-yr-old shares LPGA Tour lead

ALABAMA: Fourteen-year-old Alexis Thompson shot a 3-under 69 for a share of the lead with top-ranked Lorena Ochoa and three others after the second round of the Navistar LPGA Classic.

Thompson, from Florida, is trying to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. “I can say I’m really mature for 14,” said Thompson, the sister of PGA Tour player Nicholas Thompson. “I would definitely say that. I just play golf every day. I mean, I’m young. That’s the only difference.”

Marlene Hagge won the 1952 Sarasota Open 14 days after her 18th birthday and took the Bakersfield Open two months later, but both were 18-hole events. Paula Creamer won the 2005 Sybase Classic at 18 years, 9 months to become the youngest winner of a full tournament. Thompson won the 2008 US Girls’ Junior and tied for 34th in July in the US Women’s Open. She shot a 65 on Thursday.

Ochoa (68), Laura Davies (65), Yani Tseng (63) and Giulia Sergas (65) matched Thompson at 10-under 134.

Tseng matched the tournament record with her nine-under 63. Sophie Gustafson, the winner last week in California, was 9 under after a 65, and Michelle Wie (70) and first-round leader Janice Moodie (72) topped a group at 8 under.