Stephenson, Lee top Shoprite LPGA Classic leaderboard

Lauren Stephenson holed out from the tough from 137 yards for eagle at the par-Four 14th and shot an Eight-under 63 on Thursday for a percentage of the Shoprite LPGA Vintage lead with Mi Hyang Lee

GALLOWAY, N.J. — Lauren Stephenson holed out from the tough from 137 yards for eagle at the par-Four 14th and shot an Eight-under 63 on Thursday for a percentage of the Shoprite LPGA Vintage lead with Mi Hyang Lee.

Stephenson, the 23-year-old former Clemson and Alabama participant in her 2nd season at the LPGA Excursion, birdied 4 of the primary 5 holes and completed the morning spherical on Seaview’s Bay Path with 8 birdies and two bogeys.

She used a pitching wedge for the eagle.

“I used to be within the tough and I thought it used to be going to skip ahead,” Stephenson stated. “I simply noticed the jump and I believed it had stopped and I used to be proud of that as a result of I used to be apprehensive it used to be going to skip in the course of the inexperienced.”

Lee, the 27-year-old South Korean participant who gained the ultimate of her two LPGA Excursion titles in 2017, birdied the general two holes in a bogey-free afternoon spherical.

Ryann O’Toole and Nasa Hataoka have been a stroke again.

“I simply really feel like nowadays used to be a easy spherical.” O’Toole stated. “I hit a large number of fairways, a large number of vegetables. I advised myself starting of this week to stick affected person.”

Jennifer Tune shot 65, and Katherine Kirk used to be at 66 with Patty Tavatanakit, Brittany Altomare, Ashleigh Buhai, 81 Lindy Duncan and Jenny Shin.

Protecting champion Lexi Thompson, winless for the reason that June tournament ultimate 12 months, opened with a 67. Thompson performed along two-time match champions Stacy Lewis and Anna Nordqvist. Lewis shot 70, and Nordqvist 71.

Georgia Corridor, the Cambia Portland Vintage winner two weeks in the past, matched Thompson at 67.

Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson, paired in combination 3 weeks after Mirim Lee beat them in a playoff within the primary ANA Inspiration, every shot 68. Mirim Lee opened with a 73.

“I performed truly cast at the again 9,” Korda stated. “I were given to get my wedges just a little dialed in, however undoubtedly a excellent day.”

The match is being contested at 72 holes for best the second one time since it all started in 1986. The extra spherical changed the pro-am that used to be canceled as a result of there are not any spectators. The foremost KPMG Ladies’s PGA Championship is subsequent week at Aronimink outdoor Philadelphia.

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