Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational R1

Henderson & Sharp take opening lead in Michigan

July 18-20
Midland Country Club, Midland, Michigan
$2,000,000
Round 2, Round 3. Round 4

Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp shot a 5-under 65 in alternate-shot play to take the first-round lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA Tour’s first-year team event.


Henderson and Sharp had seven birdies and two bogeys at Midland Country Club.

“We really got it going, kind of fed off each other,” Henderson said. “She hit some good shots, I made some putts and vice versa. So it really worked out nice and it’s a good way to start.”

Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel were a stroke back.

“We’re best of friends we’ve played a lot of team events together, so it’s nothing new for us to be able to come out here,” Creamer said. “We haven’t played alternate shot for a little while, and when we have played it in the past, it’s always match play and you never have to finish. Out here you actually have to shoot a score, which is a little bit different.”

The teams will play best-ball Thursday, return to alternate shot Friday and close Saturday with a best-ball round.


“It’s intense, but then we got out our tension and then we played and we were free-wheeling it,” Sharp said. “I think the first few holes we didn’t really know what to expect and we had a lot of adrenaline, and then we calmed down and played really nicely together.”

The 21-year-old Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic a month ago in Grand Rapids to break the Canadian record for tour victories with nine. Also the Lotte Championship winner in April in Hawaii, Henderson broke a tie with Sandra Post for the Canadian record on the LPGA Tour and also moved ahead of George Knudson and Mike Weir for the overall country mark. The 38-year-old Sharp is winless on the LPGA Tour.

The teams of Minjee Lee-Jin Young Ko, Robyn Choi-Jaclyn Lee, Jasmine Suwannapura-Cydney Clanton and Amy Yang-Mirim Lee shot 67.

“We chatted pretty much the whole way around,” Lee said. “We usually don’t get to get this opportunity to play with our friends too much, so I think that was the best part.”

The sister duo of Nelly and Jessica Korda topped the group at 68.

“Start of the round, kind of just getting used to everything, the new format,” Nelly Korda said. “Gave each other some good opportunities on the back and took advantage of a couple. Anything under par for alternate shot is good, so we’re happy with that.”

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Sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn shot 70, and Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson opened with a 71. Rookies Jennifer Kupcho and Maria Fassi also had a 71. They staged a memorable duel that Kupcho won at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

“Alternate shot’s always really hard. We knew that coming in and we didn’t really know how it was going to go because we didn’t try it,” Kupcho said. “It went better than what I thought it was going to go, so I was pretty happy.”

Suzann Pettersen, making her first tour start after a 20-month break for the birth of her first child, and European Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew had a 73. Pettersen will be a vice caption for the European team.

“I just really enjoyed it,” Pettersen said. “It was nice to play with Beany. Some good shots and some average shots and some that we just got out of the way. Overall, very happy to be back.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Brooke M. Henderson
-5
65
Alena Sharp
2
Paula Creamer
-4
66
Morgan Pressel
T3
Minjee Lee
-3
67
Jin Young Ko
T3
Robyn Choi
-3
67
Jaclyn Lee
T3
Jasmine Suwannapura
-3
67
Cydney Clanton
T3
Amy Yang
-3
67
Mirim Lee
T7
Na Yeon Choi
-2
68
Jenny Shin
T7
Nelly Korda
-2
68
Jessica Korda
T7
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-2
68
Pajaree Anannarukarn
T7
Hyo Joo Kim
-2
68
Eun-Hee Ji
T7
Celine Boutier
-2
68
Karine Icher
T12
Stephanie Meadow
-1
69
Giulia Molinaro
T12
Sarah Schmelzel
-1
69
Lauren Kim
T12
Lilia Vu
-1
69
Louise Ridderstrom
T12
Angel Yin
-1
69
Yu Liu
T12
Mel Reid
-1
69
Su Oh
T12
Peiyun Chien
-1
69
Tiffany Chan
T12
Lydia Ko
-1
69
In Gee Chun
T12
Kris Tamulis
-1
69
Kim Kaufman
T20
Ruixin Liu
E
70
Simin Feng
T20
Pernilla Lindberg
E
70
Linnea Strom
T20
Sarah Kemp
E
70
Xiyu Lin
T20
Mariajo Uribe
E
70
Karrie Webb
T20
Ariya Jutanugarn
E
70
Moriya Jutanugarn
T20
Elizabeth Szokol
E
70
Brittany Altomare
T20
Marina Alex
E
70
Brittany Lang
T27
Jennifer Kupcho
1
71
Maria Fassi
T27
Clariss Guce
1
71
Maddie McCrary
T27
Danielle Kang
1
71
Lizette Salas
T27
P.K. Kongkraphan
1
71
Muni He
T27
Maria Torres
1
71
Luna Sobron Galmes
T27
Dottie Ardina
1
71
Pavarisa Yoktuan
T27
Cristie Kerr
1
71
Lexi Thompson
T27
Alana Uriell
1
71
Youngin Chun
T27
Amy Olson
1
71
Katherine Kirk
T27
Lindsey Weaver
1
71
Sarah Burnham
T27
Brianna Do
1
71
Laura Diaz
T27
Ashli Bunch
1
71
Heather Bowie Young
T27
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
1
71
Marissa Steen
T27
Lori Beth Adams
1
71
Kelly Tan
T27
Austin Ernst
1
71
Bronte Law
T42
Anna Nordqvist
2
72
Caroline Hedwall
T42
Jaye Marie Green
2
72
Dani Holmqvist
T42
Lindy Duncan
2
72
Ally McDonald
T42
Jennifer Song
2
72
Hee Young Park
T42
Gerina Piller
2
72
Stacy Lewis
T42
Aditi Ashok
2
72
Louise Stahle
T42
Megan Khang
2
72
Annie Park
T42
Lee Lopez
2
72
Rachel Rohanna
T50
Jane Park
3
73
Tiffany Joh
T50
Suzann Pettersen
3
73
Catriona Matthew
T50
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
3
73
Sophia Popov
T50
Ryann O’Toole
3
73
Jacqui Concolino
T50
Min Lee
3
73
Silvia Cavalleri
T50
Celine Herbin
3
73
Joanna Klatten
T56
Kristen Gillman
4
74
Lauren Stephenson
T56
Cindy LaCrosse
4
74
Vicky Hurst
T56
Paula Reto
4
74
Sandra Changkija
T56
Pornanong Phatlum
4
74
Wichanee Meechai
T56
Becca Huffer
4
74
Amelia Lewis
T61
Cheyenne Knight
5
75
Isi Gabsa
T61
Dana Finkelstein
5
75
Mina Harigae
T61
Brittany Marchand
5
75
Daniela Darquea
T61
Kendall Dye
5
75
Kristy McPherson
T65
Christina Kim
6
76
Karen Chung
T65
Erynne Lee
6
76
Stephanie Kono
T65
Cheyenne Woods
6
76
Olafia Kristinsdottir
T68
Dori Carter
7
77
Angela Stanford
T68
Chaithra Katamneni
7
77
Elayna Bowser
70
Natalie Gulbis
8
78
Sandra Gal
71
Nasa Hataoka
9
79
Suzuka Yamaguchi
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