Stacy Lewis and Mika Miyazato are tied for first place after the first round of action at the Friday, June 1 on the Bay Course at the
The two golfers shot 65 through 18 holes and are each 6-under par.
Lewis had the opportunity to take the lead on the par-5 18th hole, but fell just shy on her birdie attempt and had to settle for par. This came after a sequence in which she hit a 25-foot birdie on the first hole (par-4), double-bogeyed on the second (par-4) and hit a 6-foot eagle on the third (par-5). She began her day on the 10th hole.
"The first nine holes it was nice out," Lewis said. "I made a couple of birdies, but then I made a turn going onto the first and the wind came out of nowhere."
For much of the day, clouds hovered over the Bay Course, and at one point, a rain system was reportedly a half hour outside Galloway. No rain ever appeared, and there was no delay in play.
Lewis finished the day with six birdies, including the first, fifth (par-4), eighth (par-4), ninth (par-5), 13th (par-4) and 17th (par-3).
"I haven't played well here (in the past), but I'm playing well this year," said Lewis, who won the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic April 26-29. "My confidence is everything right now."
Miyazato took the early lead when she completed the course late Friday morning. She had an eagle on the ninth hole, a par-5, and birdies on the third (par-5), fifth (par-4), 11th (par-3) and 17th (par-3) holes. She shot par on just the first two holes, both par-4s.
Paula Creamer and Mariajo Uribe are both two strokes behind the leaders, shooting 67 for 4-under par through 18 holes.
"The scores weren't super low, so I knew I just had to do what I can," Creamer said. "A 65 today was a great score today. In a short tournament like this, there's no room for error. If you put yourself in contention heading into Saturday and Sunday, it makes it easier."
Creamer birdied on the third (par-5), fifth (par-4), sixth (par-4), and ninth (par-5), and eagled on the 18th (par-5). However, she bogeyed on the seventh and 15th, both par-3s.
"You have to have as many good holes as possible," Creamer said. "Birdies are what it comes down to."
World No. 1 Yani Tseng shot par-71 for the day, and is currently tied for 28th.
Defending tournament champion Brittany Lincicome shot 1-over for the day. Lincicome's 72 leaves her tied for 57th place.
Play in the 54-hole, $1.5 million purse tournament resumes Saturday morning and concludes Sunday evening.
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