Australia’s Kyriacou leads LPGA Classic

Australian rookie Stephanie Kyriacou has shot a 7-under 67 to just take the 1st-round guide in the LPGA Typical at Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

The 21-calendar year-aged Kyriacou, a two-time winner on the Girls European Tour, teed off in the first group of the day off No.1 on the Bay Training course, ahead of the tough wind commenced to blow off Reeds Bay.

At 6,197 yards, the class is amongst the shortest on tour, but the stiff breeze and small, undulating greens support present a rigid challenge.

“The greens are rather complicated,” Kyriacou claimed. “They’re very company and they are quick, so it is really variety of challenging to adhere (photographs).

“But it was not as windy as the practice rounds, so that was a optimistic.”

Sweden’s Frida Kinhult was a stroke back again.

Top-rated Jin Younger Ko was at 67 with Brooke Henderson, Dottie Ardina and New Jersey participant Marina Alex. Alex gained the Palos Verdes Championship in early May perhaps in California for her next tour title.

Twenty-time LPGA Tour winner Cristie Kerr and previous neighborhood training pro Meaghan Francella ended up in the group at 68.

Kyriacou benefitted from some assistance from LPGA Hall of Famer and fellow Australian Karrie Webb earlier in the 7 days.

The 47-12 months-outdated Webb, the 2013 Shoprite winner with 41 vocation victories, ran into Kyriacou on the practice eco-friendly on Tuesday and provided some recommendations.

It paid out off. Kyriacou liked a bogey-totally free spherical and carded 6 birdies.

“I just kind of just questioned her what she did when she struggled with nerves in her primary. I just asked how she coped with it and she gave me a several recommendations,” Kyriacou mentioned.

“She sort of just mentioned between pictures to just close your eyes and breathe and listen to the birds and stuff. Just to get your mind off points. It really is so straightforward, but it is really incredibly beneficial.”

Webb shot a 73 in her first tour get started considering the fact that January.

Kinhult, who was the prime-ranked novice in 2019, also teed off early, on the 10th.

The former Florida State standout shut with a prosper, building eagle at the par-5 ninth gap to near to inside of a shot of Kyriacou.

“I was wanting at the leaderboard all day,” Kinhult stated. “I constantly do. I like to have a minimal little bit of figuring out what’s going on out there.

“I still test to play my very own activity, but I saw six under, so I tried out to catch that just one, which was good enthusiasm. It is two additional days remaining, so something can come about.”

The fairways and grandstands ended up brimming with supporters who celebrated the tournament’s return to its standard early June slot.

The party was held in early Oct the prior two several years mainly because of scheduling conflicts prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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