clearn.png
Tuesday August 16th, 2022 6:05AM

Australian rookie shoots bogey-free 65, leads LPGA Classic

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Australian rookie Stephanie Kyriacou shot a bogey-free, 6-under 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

The 21-year-old Kyriacou, a two-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, teed off at 7:15 a.m. in the first group of the day off No. 1 on the Bay Course, before the tricky wind began to blow off Reeds Bay. At 6,197 yards, the course is among the shortest on tour, but the stiff breeze and small, undulating greens help provide a test.

“The greens are quite challenging,” Kyriacou said. “They’re pretty firm and they’re fast, so it’s kind of hard to stick (shots). But it wasn’t as windy as the practice rounds, so that was a positive.”

Sweden’s Frida Kinhult was a stroke back. Top-ranked Jin Young Ko was at 67 with Brooke Henderson, Dottie Ardina and New Jersey player Marina Alex. Alex won the Palos Verdes Championship in early May in California for her second tour title.

Twenty-time LPGA Tour winner Cristie Kerr and former local teaching pro Meaghan Francella were in the group at 68.

Kyriacou benefitted from some advice from LPGA Hall of Famer and Australian compatriot Karrie Webb earlier in the week. The 47-year-old Webb, the 2013 Shoprite winner with 41 career victories, ran into Kyriacou on the practice green Tuesday and offered some tips.

It paid off. Kyriacou carded six birdies in her bogey-free round.

“I just kind of just asked her what she did when she struggled with nerves in her prime. I just asked how she coped with it and she gave me a few tips," Kyriacou said. "She kind of just said between shots to just close your eyes and breathe and listen to the birds and stuff. Just to get your mind off things. It’s so simple, but it’s very helpful.”

Webb shot a 73 in her first tour start since January.

Kinhult, who was the top-ranked amateur in 2019, also teed off early. The former Florida State standout started at 8:26 a.m. on No. 10. She closed with a flourish, making eagle at the par-5 ninth hole to close to within a shot of Kyriacou.

“I was looking at the leaderboard all day,” Kinhult said. “I always do. I like to have a little bit of knowing what’s going on out there. I still try to play my own game, but I saw 6 under, so I tried to catch that one, which was good motivation. It’s two more days left, so anything can happen.”

The fairways and grandstands were brimming with fans who celebrated the tournament’s return to its usual early June slot. The event was held in early October the previous two years because of scheduling conflicts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the loudest ovations were for Alex, the local favorite who made her LPGA Tour debut at the ShopRite Classic in 2012.

Francella is playing in her first LPGA Tour tournament in nine years, also a fan favorite. Now a teaching pro at Philadelphia Cricket Club, she has spent the last two years helping her mother battle breast cancer.

“I’m not going to quit my day job, I know that,” Francella said. “But I’m just trying to enjoy it and have fun. I have a lot of people out here watching and supporting me. I spent a lot of time in my career not enjoying it. I’m really having a lot of fun out there.”

___

More AP golf: https://apnews.com/hub/golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Golf, AP Sports - Women's Golf
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Curry scores 43 to beat Boston, Warriors tie NBA Finals 2-2
Stephen Curry scored 43 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 107-97 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals
8:41AM ( 2 minutes ago )
New York fund apologizes for role in Tuskegee syphilis study
A New York-based philanthropy is publicly apologizing for its role in the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study
8:40AM ( 3 minutes ago )
Australian rookie shoots bogey-free 65, leads LPGA Classic
Australian rookie Stephanie Kyriacou shot a bogey-free, 6-under 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Seaview Hotel and Golf Club
8:19AM ( 25 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
LEADING OFF: Braves, Phillies extend win streaks, A's slump
Dansby Swanson and the Braves will try for their 10th straight win when they host Pittsburgh
3:11AM ( 5 hours ago )
Ferreira scores 4 goals, US beats Grenada 5-0 in Cup sendoff
Jesús Ferreira tied the United States’ international record with four goals to lead the Americans over Grenada 5-0 in a World Cup sendoff, a CONCACAF Nations League match 164 days before their opener in Qatar
2:00AM ( 6 hours ago )
Turnovers doom Celtics once again, lose Game 4 of NBA Finals
The Boston Celtics couldn't hold off the Golden State Warriors and had trouble taking care of the basketball
1:40AM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Sports
Clark takes Canadian Open lead into weekend at St. George’s
Wyndham Clark closed with an unlikely par save Friday to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Rory McIlroy and four other players into the weekend in the RBC Canadian Open
8:32PM ( 12 hours ago )
DeChambeau joins Saudi golf series; Schwartzel leads in UK
Former U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau has become the latest big name to sign on with the Saudi-funded breakaway LIV Golf series
4:41PM ( 16 hours ago )
DeChambeau confirmed as latest signing for Saudi golf series
Former U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau has become the latest big name to sign on with the Saudi-funded breakaway LIV Golf series
3:49PM ( 16 hours ago )
AP Online Golf
DeChambeau feeling good about his hand, not so much his game
Bryson DeChambeau is feeling great about his left hand that was operated on seven weeks ago
2:44PM ( 3 days ago )
Awesome Aussie: Lee wins U.S. Women's Open, record $1.8M
Minjee Lee won the U.S. Women’s Open by four strokes over Mina Harigae at Pine Needles on Sunday to earn $1.8 million, the largest payout in the history of women’s golf
7:41PM ( 5 days ago )
Minjee Lee shoots 67, opens 3-shot lead in U.S. Women's Open
Minjee Lee appears to be on mission
6:56PM ( 6 days ago )
AP Sports - Women's Golf
Curry scores 43 to beat Boston, Warriors tie NBA Finals 2-2
Stephen Curry scored 43 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 107-97 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals
8:41AM ( 2 minutes ago )
Kavanaugh incident could lead to more security for judges
A man armed with a machete once broke into Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s vacation home in the Caribbean and took $1,000
8:18AM ( 25 minutes ago )
Therapist sex abuse case reveals dark past, ethical concerns
A man convicted of killing a 10-year-old girl in a notorious drunken driving crash decades ago is facing new charges in New Hampshire, under a new name
8:14AM ( 29 minutes ago )
Wildfire, residents' fury facing Biden on New Mexico visit
President Joe Biden is focusing on his administration’s efforts to tackle wildfires during his visit later Saturday visit to New Mexico
7:48AM ( 56 minutes ago )
North Korean leader reaffirms arms buildup in party meeting
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has doubled down on his arms buildup in the face of what he describes as an aggravating security environment
6:21AM ( 2 hours ago )