Lee, a two-time winner of the Vic Open in 2014 and 2018, carded a second round six-under 67 on the Creek course on Friday to be in a tie for second at nine-under midway through the day.

The highlight of the West Australian's round was an eagle at the par-5 2nd hole.

"I will definitely go off my past experiences and other wins I have had," the 23-year-old Lee said.

"There is still a lot of golf to be played so I am just going to go one shot at a time and just play my own game.

“I will definitely go off my past experiences and other wins I have had.” – Minjee Lee

"With the experience I have had winning here before it gives me a little bit of confidence if I do get into (difficult situations), but I am just going to try my best and have some fun."

Joining Lee at nine-under was Thailand's Jasmine Suwannapura.

Sweden's Linnea Strom was in the outright lead at 10-under in the tournament which is being co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour for a second straight year.

South Korean Jeongeun Lee6, at No.8 the highest-ranked player in the field this week, had a second round 69 to be well-placed at eight-under.

Overnight co-leaders Haeji Kang from South Korea and Swede Madelene Sagstrom were playing their second rounds on Friday afternoon, along with 56-year-old Englishwoman Laura Davies, who wound back the clock on the opening day with a brilliant 67.

- John Salvado, Australian Associated Press