AMERICAN Morgan Pressel has taken the first round lead at the Shoprite LPGA Classic in Galloway, New Jersey.
Pressel's round of 5-under 66 included two bogeys, five birdies and an eagle on her last hole, the 9th, to take a one stoke lead after the first round of the three round tournament.
"I really didn't put myself in a whole lot of trouble," said Pressel. "I wouldn't say that I certainly had the best game out there. I felt like I made a few mistakes.
"But, I guess I just made a few mistakes."
Behind Pressel is the quartet of Ryann O'Toole, Canadian Alena Sharp, Taiwan's Min Lee and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist.
Defending champion, American Stacy Lewis, shot a first round 1-over 71 to be six off the pace.
There are five Australians in the field, Queensland's Katherine Kirk the bst of them at T15 after a 2-under 69.
The 2013 champion, Karrie Webb, is the next best Australian at 1-under.
Minjee Lee, the 19-year-old rookie professional and winner of the Kingsmill Championship, is 1-over.
SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC ROUND 1 LEADERBOARD
|T15||KATHERINE KIRK (AUS)||-2|
|T27||KARRIE WEBB (AUS)||-1|
|T56||MINJEE LEE (AUS)||+1|
|T56||SARAH KEMP (AUS)||+1|
|T77||SARAH JANE SMITH (AUS)||+2|
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