Pettersen, Lee tied for first-round lead in Canada


Feng is back in action after becoming the tour's 13th different victor this season in her last start - the Volvik Championship in MI two weeks ago.

It certainly wasn't the start Henderson was hoping to have.

When it was all said and done, the Smiths Falls, Ont., native was seven strokes back of the leaders after Day 1 of the Manulife LPGA Classic.

Pettersen, who lost her yardage book en route to Cambridge and had to start from scratch (and who has a new caddy this week), said she hit ideal numbers Thursday and was helped along by conditions that were ripe for low scores during the morning wave. She was visibly frustrated after missing a few short birdie putts around the turn and finished with a 71.

Henderson is still driving the ball well and her scoring statistics are similar to last season. She trusted her eye and it paid off with six birdies over one eight-hole stretch. "We think this is a great opportunity for these athletes to show their talent while supporting the Meijer brand".

Allyson Geer of Michigan State University; Megan Kim of the University of Michigan; and August Kim of Purdue University will take on 141 of the best female golfers in the world in the four day tournament at Blythefield Country Club in Plainfield Township. Unless she has a miraculous recovery tomorrow, she won't be bettering the mark this time around.

Pettersen, Lee tied for first-round lead in Canada

Lee's round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-five third hole. "I made an eagle on 12 to get back into red numbers right away and just made a lot of key putts today that kept me going. I made a lot of six- to 10-footers, which is what I've been working on so it's nice to see the results come early in the tournament".

Brittany Marchand is the next best Canadian.

"I knew I needed to shoot a low round", Sharp said. "I had quite a few family and friends that came to watch for even the 7:30 a.m. tee time, so that was kind of cool".

They were one stroke in front of China's Feng Shanshan, Belgian Laura Gonzalez Escallon and South Korean Kim Hyo-Joo, with Denmark's Emily Pedersen, Canadian Alena Sharp and Britain's Jodi Ewart Shadoff a further stroke back on 66.

Marchand sits in a tie for ninth with five other golfers, including world No. 2 and Henderson's playing partner Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and fourth-ranked American Lexi Thompson.

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