Lewis tied with Miyazato for LPGA lead
Friday, June 1, 2012
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Stacy Lewis and Mika Miyazato are tied for the lead after the opening round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Lewis and Miyazato each shot a 6-under 65 on Friday at the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.
Paula Creamer and Mariajo Uribe are tied for third at 4 under. Maude-Aimee Leblanc is at 3 under, while seven players are another shot back, including Lexi Thompson and Christina Kim.
Yani Tseng shot an even-par 71 while defending champion Brittany Lincicome finished with a 72.
The morning half of the field had the better of the weather, as skies darkened and the winds picked up around mid-day.
Uribe was the only one of the leaders with an afternoon tee time.
Miyazato, who is seeking her first LPGA title, played in the first group of the morning and got off to a fast start. She birdied Nos. 3 and 5 before draining a 20-foot eagle putt at the short par-5 ninth to make the turn at 4 under.
She birdied two par 3s on the back, Nos. 11 and 17.
Lewis, who won her second LPGA title in Mobile in April, was in the middle of her round when the conditions started to change. Playing the back nine first, she made the turn in 2 under before starting her second nine with a birdie, a double bogey and an eagle.
She reached the green at the par-5 ninth in two but missed a seven-foot eagle putt that would have given her the outright lead.
Creamer, who tied for second in this tournament as an amateur in 2004, reached No. 18 in two and drained her eagle putt.
NOTES: A total of 23 players broke par. ... This tournament was first contested in 1986. It disappeared from the schedule after 2006 before returning last year. ... Morgan Pressel, back in action after her controversial loss to Munoz in the semifinals of the Sybase Match Play Championship, shot a 74.