Lydia Ko is in a share of sixth place after the second round at the Women's British Open in Liverpool.
South Korea's Jiyai Shin is the current leader on nine-under.
Despite dropping shots at her first two holes, Ko fought back for a 71 to be one-under for the tournament.
"It would be nice to finish leading amateur, so tomorrow I'll try and play my best and take it one shot at a time," Ko said.
"It was kind of a rough start, two over after two, that wasn't the best start that I imagined.
"But I hung in there and I made birdies on four and five which made it a little easier and it also meant that I didn't owe any shots.
"So overall it was pretty good. My goal was two under and one under is only one shot off and it was getting windy in the end and I hung on so I am pretty happy."
Ko felt the conditions were about the same around as round one and is hoping for better on the final day where the field of 50 players and ties will play 36 holes.
The key to breaking par on day two was her short game.
"My putting was much better. I didn't miss anything within three feet and I missed two from that distance on Thursday so it made it much easier. My confidence when I was putting was still there till the end. I made a few mistakes with my woods but my short game held up to that so that was ok."
At only 15, playing two rounds of championship major golf in a day is quite an ask. Ko is mindful of pacing herself.
"It will be very energy consuming so I will have to get my energy right up there. It's never easy playing 36 holes when you are concentrating so much for all the shots. I will just have to see [laughs] and not do anything silly so my energy will still be there.
"I personally find the back nine easier. I shot one under par there on Thursday and then one under again today so it is the easier nine. There are three par fives on the back nine compared to only one on the front so it makes a big difference. You can see by Jiyai Shin she made many birdies on the back nine so overall the back nine is much easier."
After last weekend's marathon finish, Shin showed she's also capable of a fast start.
Shin picked up five shots in her first four holes Saturday en route to an 8-under 64 to grab a commanding five-shot lead.
After winning the Kingsmill Championship on the ninth playoff hole on Monday, the South Korean golfer is doing her best to wrap things up more quickly this time. Starting on the 10th hole, Shin opened her round by chipping in for an eagle and added birdies on the next three holes.
She added three more birdies in a bogey-free round to sit five shots clear of compatriot Inbee Park, who carded a 68.
The final two rounds of the tournament will be played Sunday after Friday's play was abandoned because of the strong winds sweeping over the Hoylake links.
"I chipped in from 30 yards for the eagle," Shin said. "After that I felt really good and hit great shots at the next three holes to make birdies. I was bogey free today and bunker free, so that was probably the best round I have ever played in a major."
Karrie Webb of Australia and Japanese golfer Mika Miyazato both shot 70 to sit another stroke back in a tie for third.
Webb, a three-time British Open champion, had an eagle at the 16th to go with two pars and two bogeys on the front nine.
"I'm surprised to be six shots behind at 3 under," Webb said. "But I'm happy with the way I played and handled the golf course. Tomorrow I'll just try to narrow the gap and see how it goes."
Katie Futcher of the United States was in fifth place after a second successive 71, while her fellow American Vicky Hurst was among five players a further stroke behind.
Defending champion Yani Tseng is on level par after a second 72, birdieing the 18th after dropping two strokes on the 17th.
The two joint overnight leaders had a rough day, as Haeji Kang missed the cut after racking up an eight and a seven in a 79 while So Yeon Ryu dropped to level par after a 74.
Paula Creamer is in a large group at 1 over along with fellow Americans Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.
Veteran Julie Inkster bounced back from her first-round 79 to improve by 10 strokes and make the cut on 4 over.
Other notable players to miss the cut included past champions Catriona Matthew, Karen Stupples and Laura Davies and fellow British player Carly Booth, who tops the Ladies European Tour's order of merit standings.
-AP and Fairfax NZ
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