Lee Leads After Round One of Women’s British Open
Meena Lee fired a 7-under par 65 in the rain Thursday afternoon to grab a two-shot lead after opening round of the RICOH Women’s British Open at Carnoutsie Golf Links.
Brittany Lincicome sits alone in second place after a 5-under par 67 while Sophie Gustafson, Caroline Masson, Amy Yang and Angela Stanford are all at 4-under par 68. Eight other players, Paula Creamer and Inbee Park among them, are at 69. Fifteen players are at 70.
This marks the first time this championship has been played at Carnoutsie, which has hosted the Open Championship seven times. The layout is considered the most demanding on the Open Championship rota, but the players in this week’s field are not seeing Carnoutsie at its most fearsome.
The course is officially playing to 6,490 yards this week, with a par of 72. That’s more than 900 yards less than it played for the Open Championship in 2007.
Lee played a bogey-free round, with four birdies on her outgoing nine to make the turn in4-under par 32 before adding three more birdies on the way in. She took just 27 putts.
“Today is a little bit raining,” she said, “but not too bad. A little bit windy but still okay. Nice weather out there, yeah.”
The 29-year old has two LPGA Tour wins to her credit; she won the Canadian Women’s Open in 2005, the same year she finished second to Creamer in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race. She won the Fields Open in Hawaii the following year.
Prior to joining the LPGA Tour in 2005 she won for times in her native South Korea and also spent time on the Futures Tour. Her best finish this season however, has been a tie for 15th.
Lincicome’s round was something of a roller coaster. She recorded five birdies and holed a 10-foot eagle putt at the par-5 14th to take the clubhouse lead after the morning wave, but also had two bogeys on her card.
“Just being from Fort Worth and being a part of Shady Oaks and being able to call Shady Oaks home is really special,” Angela Stanford said. “It's an honor to get to represent them and to be here and to know that Mr. Hogan won here, it's cool. So just trying to enjoy it and appreciate it this week.”
Full results see HERE.Written by Rick Woelfel
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