Kelly Sim of New Jersey and Tristyn Nowlin of Kentucky are the co-leaders after the first round of the $ 40,000 Michigan PGA Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain Resort.
They shot 4 under par 68 in Monday’s opening round to take a one-shot lead over Strathroy Canada amateur Taylor Kehoe.
Sim, an amateur who plays at Northwestern University, took advantage of a happy rebound on the sixth hole to take a share of the lead.
“On the sixth hole I had a really good rebound and I birdie from a position where I was going to bogey or do worse, so from there I just had a good momentum, ”she said. “I also had a few close shots on the last nine. It was a good day and I love this golf course.
“This place is so beautiful. I was in my own little bubble there and enjoyed the golf course.
Nowlin was playing in his second tournament as a pro after completing his eligibility at Illinois.
“I think it was probably one of the funniest rounds of golf I’ve played,” said Nowlin, who just finished tied for 20th at the Colorado Women’s Open. “It’s my first time here and I feel like it’s a hidden treasure.
“It’s a really great course with a lot of different types of shots to hit. It was just a lot of fun.
Six players were tied for fourth after shooting 70 – Sarah White of Caledonia, Ashley Lau of Ann Arbor, Julia Dean of Grand Rapids, Olivia Stoll of Haslett, Nishtha Maden of Grand Rapids and Jane Lu of Evanstaon, Ill.
Lau plays for Michigan, Dean plays for Arkansas and Stoll will play for Grand Valley State next season. The other three tied for third place are pros.
After Tuesday’s second round, the field of 107 players will be reduced to 70 points and tied for Wednesday’s final round in the 54-hole event.
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