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Pressel leads New Jersey LPGA

AMERICAN Morgan Pressel has taken the first round lead in the Shoprite LPGA Classic in Galloway, New Jersey.

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

Position Player Score
1 MORGAN PRESSEL -5
T2 RYANN O'TOOLE -4
T2 ALENA SHARP -4
T2 MIN LEE -4
T2 ANNA NORDQVIST -4
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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