INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — American Vicky Hurst and South Korea’s Song-Hee Kim shot 4-under 68s in chilly conditions Friday to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Hana Bank Championship.
“It was really cold this morning,” said Hurst. “I thought that it was going to be warmer today, but standing on the putting green, I was really cold. I just tried to keep warm starting out and stay steady because balls aren’t going to be flying as far.”
Hurst and Kim, both winless on the LPGA Tour, each had five birdies and a bogey on Sky 72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course in the second of three straight events in Asia.
“I’m still young and will have a lot of chances to win,” Kim said. “I will not be disappointed if I don’t win this tournament. But one thing for sure is I will try to my best.”
Defending champion Na Yeon Choi and Amy Hung opened with 69s, and Michelle Wie birdied the final two holes to top the group at 70 along with Jimin Kang, coming off a victory in the LPGA Malaysia, and Katherine Hull and Amanda Blumenherst.
“The golf course was very good,” said Wie. “There were some tricky pins out there today. You have to put yourself in the right places, but it’s a very fun golf course.”
Top-ranked Cristie Kerr, 50-year-old Juli Inkster and Suzann Pettersen shot 71s, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel had 72s, and second-ranked South Korean star Jiyai Shin opened with a 73.