Lee birdied her opening two holes and reached the turn in 32 and when she birdied her 10th hole, after finding the trees form the tee and holing a 30 footer, she was tied for the lead. Bogeys at her 16th and 18th holes however saw her slip into a tie for 10th and three shots behind the opening round leader, the 2017 US Women’s Open Champion, Sung Hyun Park.
Never one to give much in a press conference, Lee spoke after her round. “I didn't finish as good as I wanted probably,” said Lee. “Had a couple loose shots the last three, four holes, so yeah. But other than that, I'm putting pretty solid and chipping pretty solid, hitting it overall pretty solid, so yeah.”
Park leads by one over the late finishing Brittany Altomare, Jaye Marie Green, Jessica Korda and the 2016 champion Brooke Henderson who not only won in 2016 but finished runner-up last year in this event.
Of the other Australians in the field, 2001 champion Karrie Webb moved to 3 under herself after an eagle at her 13th hole before a bogey at the 15th saw her finish at 2 under and well enough placed in a share of 15th.
Sarah Jane Smith and Su Oh are tied for 71st, Rebecca Artis 86th, Katherine Kirk and Hannah Green 120th and Wendy Doolan even further back.
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