Irish amateur Stephanie Meadow has comfortably made the cut at the opening women’s golf major of the season in California.

Meadow, currently playing college golf at the University of Alabama in America, was one of nine top amateurs to be invited to play at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills.

The Jordanstown golfer, currently ranked ninth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and winner of the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship last summer, was four shots inside the cut mark after shooting two one-over-par rounds to reach the halfway stage at two over.

South Korean Inbee Park carded a best-of-the-day five-under 67 to open a one-shot lead on seven under over American Lizette Salas, who went around in 68.

Sweden's Caroline Hedwall and Italian Giulia Sergas were tied for third on five under after their respective rounds of 68 and 69, while England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff is one stroke further back.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen and South Korean Na Yeon Choi, who were level with first round leader Ewart Shadoff at the start of play, both crumbled to rounds of 75.

Defending champion Sun Young Yoo missed the cut after adding a 76 to her opening 77, while America's world number one Stacy Lewis got back to level par with a 71.

But number two Yani Tseng drifted from level par at the start of her second round to three over, comfortably inside the cut line but well off the pace.