Jennifer Johnson leads ShopRite LPGA Classic

Jennifer Johnson lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Jennifer Johnson lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic. ( Associated Press )

Friday, May 30, 2014

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Jennifer Johnson matched the course record with a 9-under 62 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

The 22-year-old Johnson, the winner last year in Mobile, Alabama, had 10 birdies — five straight on Nos. 9-13 — and a bogey on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

The only other players to shoot 62 at Seaview were Laura Davies and Jimin Kang in 2005.

Haru Nomura had a bogey-free 63, and Christina Kim opened with a 64.

Top-ranked Inbee Park and Na Yeon Choi shot 66 in the morning session. Park, winless this season, missed the cut last week in Alabama to end her streak at 22 events.

Second-ranked Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie shot 67, and 17-year-old Lydia Ko was another stroke back.

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