American Amy Olson’s bid for her maiden main acquired off to a spectacular begin as a hole-in-one and three birdies gave her the first-round lead on the US Girls’s Open in Houston, Texas on Thursday.
The 28-year-old began her day on the again 9 and raised her arms in triumph after hitting the ace on the par-three 16 at Cypress Creek – one among two layouts getting used at Champions Golf Course due to diminished daylight.
“I hit a fade to attempt to maintain the wind, and it landed two paces wanting the flag, had some good spin on it and simply trickled in,” mentioned Olson, describing the shot she struck with an eight-iron. “We noticed the entire thing, which was enjoyable.”
Olson, who tied for second on the 2018 Evian Championship, her finest end in a serious, ended the day with a four-under par 67 and a one-shot lead over a packed subject that features 9 of the world’s top-10 gamers.
Final yr’s British Open champion, Hinako Shibuno, was one shot behind Olson, with a bogey on the par-four 14th the one blemish in a three-under par 68 at Cypress Creek, sharing a three-way tie for second with Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn and South Korean Kim A Lim.
The match, which was rescheduled from June because of the Covid-19 pandemic, is celebrating its seventy fifth yr and is being held with out followers in attendance as a result of coronavirus, which is surging throughout America.
Twice main winner Brittany Lincicome began strongly with three birdies however slipped down the leaderboard after a double-bogey on the ultimate gap at Jackrabbit, ending the day on one under-par.
“I performed good all day, by no means took a dangerous likelihood, all the time hit it in the midst of the inexperienced once I wanted to … however clearly that final gap goes to harm,” Lincicome mentioned.
South Korean Jeongeun Lee6’s title defence acquired off to a disappointing begin as she made three bogeys en path to a 73, whereas Kim Sei-young, the world No 2, who gained her maiden main title on the Girls’s PGA Championship in October, carded a 72.