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Paula Reto

The second-round leader the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic might be an unfamiliar name (at this point) even to LPGA fans. So let's introduce Paula Reto.

Reto shot 65-66 the first two rounds of the Yokohama, the tour's Alabama stop, and held a 3-stroke lead at that point. We don't know how she'll finish, but she's made an impression.

The 2014 season is Reto's rookie year on the LPGA, and entering the Alabama event she had played 17 tournaments and stood 105th on the money list. She was 316th in the world rankings at that point.

Reto got off to a rough start in 2014, missing 10 of her first 12 cuts. But since that time Paula has made some money, including a season-best tie for 9th at the Portland Classic, her last event before the Yokohama.

She's a native of Capetown, South Africa, who played NCAA golf at Purdue University. She was a 3-time All-Big 10 Conference selection and, as a senior in 2013, led the conference in scoring average and earned All-America honors. Pretty impressive given that she didn't take up golf until age 16.

Paula turned pro in June 2013 and headed to the Symetra Tour, where her best finish was a third-place showing in the Symetra Tour Championship. She earned LPGA status by placing 13th at Q-School.

What's her game like? Looking at her LPGA season stats, she appears to be a player who combines two pretty good qualities: Distance off the tee and putting. At the time of the Yokohama event, Reto was seventh in driving distance and eighth in putting average. But her weaknesses are easy to spot, too: She was 144th in driving accuracy and 146th in greens in regulation.

On Twitter, you can find Paula Reto at @paularetoSA.

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