New York: Unheralded Dori Carter fired the round of her career on Friday, shooting a course-record 64 to seize the second-round lead in the LPGA Kia Classic.
Carter had 11 birdies -- including seven in a row from the 10th -- and three bogeys as she built a 10-under par total of 134.
Seeking a first win on the LPGA Tour, she had a two-stroke lead over fellow Americans Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr. Lewis, the world number three, carded a 66 and Kerr a 68.
American Lizette Salas produced her second straight bogey-free round and was a further stroke back after a 68 for 137.
Although she closed with two bogeys, it is the first time in her four-year LPGA Tour career that Carter has led after any round.
"I just have to take it for what it is and hope that I`m here talking to you a little more often," she said.
"I have no reason to be uptight or anything because this is my first time. I`m OK with that. I`m OK with feeling like no matter what happens -- obviously I want to win -- it can`t be a bad thing for me."
Lewis said seeing Carter go so low at Aviara Golf Club was surprising given the difficulty of the course.
"It`s very impressive," Lewis said. "It`s a hard golf course. You can make a double pretty quick, so it`s a hard golf course."
Kerr said an eagle on the par-four first hole -- her 10th of the day -- jump-started her round.
"I shot even on the front and kind of left a couple out there," she said. "And that was just a great shot. Couldn`t see it go in, unfortunately, but it was a great seven-iron, perfect club, and I just said get close, and it went in. So it was cool."
Carter hadn`t teed it up in an LPGA event since the Australian Women`s Open more than a month ago.
The 27-year-old said three starts in the lower-rung Symetra Tour had kept her sharp.
"I always play better when I`m playing constantly... no matter what tour it is," she said.