ShopRite LPGA Classic R1

Stephenson & Lee tied for lead

October 01-04
Seaview, Bay Course, Galloway, New Jersey
$1,300,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


ShopRite LPGA Classic R1 - Stephenson & Lee tied for lead
Mi-hyang Lee at The Renaissance Club. (Jane Barlow/PA Wire)


Two-time LPGA Tour champion Mi Hyang Lee and second-year LPGA member Lauren Stephenson share the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer first round lead in Galloway, N.J., after each turned in an 8-under par 63 on the Bay Course at Seaview, A Dolce Hotel. Sitting one shot back at -7 is Nasa Hataoka and Ryann O’Toole.


Stephenson held the clubhouse lead following her performance out of the morning wave. It included a hole out for eagle from 137 yards with a pitching wedge on No. 14. The University of Alabama alumna also added eight birdies to her scorecard.

“I was in the rough and assumed it was going to skip forward,” said Stephenson, who competed in the IOA Classic last week on the Symetra Tour to prep for her eighth LPGA Tour start this season. “I saw the bounce and thought it stopped, which I was happy with because I was worried it was going to skip through the green and go over. I looked away and my caddie was like, ‘I think it went in.’ I didn’t want to get excited then it was over the green, but yeah, it was exciting.”



Lee recorded a bogey-free round this afternoon to join Stephenson at the top. A major key was her play on the four par-3 holes, which she played to 3-under combined.

“It was a really good start for me, and I really look forward to the next three rounds,” Lee said after eight birdies on the Bay Course. “I didn’t have any bad shots or bad putts, everything was good. It’s a little wet and the greens are really soft, so it was easier to hit the long clubs in. I have experience tied for a lead in the first round before and need to concentrate on my golf then just keep going.”


Holding down the fort in solo fifth position is Jennifer Song thanks to a bogey-free, 6-under 65. A total of six players sit 5-under including three-time LPGA winner Katherine Kirk , 2019 Symetra Tour graduate and 2020 LPGA rookie Patty Tavatanakit, and Jenny Shin, a ROLEX First-Time Winner in 2016.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson opened her ShopRite LPGA Classic title defense at -4 thanks to five birdies. She is joined by nine other individuals in a tie for 12th, including most recent LPGA winner at the Cambia Portland Classic, Georgia Hall.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Mi Hyang Lee
-8
63
T1
Lauren Stephenson
-8
63
T3
Nasa Hataoka
-7
64
T3
Ryann O’Toole
-7
64
5
Jennifer Song
-6
65
T6
Brittany Altomare
-5
66
T6
Ashleigh Buhai
-5
66
T6
Lindy Duncan
-5
66
T6
Katherine Kirk
-5
66
T6
Jenny Shin
-5
66
T6
Patty Tavatanakit
-5
66
T12
Cydney Clanton
-4
67
T12
Kristen Gillman
-4
67
T12
Georgia Hall
-4
67
T12
Moriya Jutanugarn
-4
67
T12
Amy Olson
-4
67
T12
Hee Young Park
-4
67
T12
Pornanong Phatlum
-4
67
T12
Sarah Jane Smith
-4
67
T12
Lexi Thompson
-4
67
T12
Anne van Dam
-4
67
T22
Celine Boutier
-3
68
T22
Matilda Castren
-3
68
T22
In Gee Chun
-3
68
T22
Austin Ernst
-3
68
T22
Jeong Eun Lee
-3
68
T22
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-3
68
T22
Mina Harigae
-3
68
T22
Brooke M. Henderson
-3
68
T22
Jiwon Jeon
-3
68
T22
Haeji Kang
-3
68
T22
Nelly Korda
-3
68
T22
Jessica Korda
-3
68
T22
Brittany Lang
-3
68
T22
Esther Lee
-3
68
T22
Yu Liu
-3
68
T22
Gerina Piller
-3
68
T22
Mel Reid
-3
68
T22
Hinako Shibuno
-3
68
T22
Kelly Tan
-3
68
T41
Dana Finkelstein
-2
69
T41
Megan Khang
-2
69
T41
Christina Kim
-2
69
T41
Sei Young Kim
-2
69
T41
Jennifer Kupcho
-2
69
T41
Min Seo Kwak
-2
69
T41
Pernilla Lindberg
-2
69
T41
Ally McDonald
-2
69
T41
Liz Nagel
-2
69
T41
Yealimi Noh
-2
69
T41
Sophia Popov
-2
69
T41
Lizette Salas
-2
69
T41
Linnea Strom
-2
69
T41
Charlotte Thomas
-2
69
T55
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-1
70
T55
Nicole Broch Larsen
-1
70
T55
Maria Fassi
-1
70
T55
Muni He
-1
70
T55
Tiffany Joh
-1
70
T55
Ariya Jutanugarn
-1
70
T55
Yui Kawamoto
-1
70
T55
Sarah Kemp
-1
70
T55
Minjee Lee
-1
70
T55
Stacy Lewis
-1
70
T55
Xiyu Lin
-1
70
T55
Stephanie Meadow
-1
70
T55
Annie Park
-1
70
T55
Sarah Schmelzel
-1
70
T55
Angela Stanford
-1
70
T55
Emma Talley
-1
70
T71
Tiffany Chan
E
71
T71
Chella Choi
E
71
T71
Maria Fernanda Torres
E
71
T71
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
E
71
T71
Andrea Lee
E
71
T71
Leona Maguire
E
71
T71
Louise Ridderstrom
E
71
T71
Klara Spilkova
E
71
T71
Elizabeth Szokol
E
71
T71
Ayako Uehara
E
71
T71
Lindsey Weaver
E
71
T82
Sarah Burnham
1
72
T82
Na Yeon Choi
1
72
T82
Carlota Ciganda
1
72
T82
Cristie Kerr
1
72
T82
Gaby Lopez
1
72
T82
Anna Nordqvist
1
72
T82
Su Oh
1
72
T82
Sung Hyun Park
1
72
T82
Alena Sharp
1
72
T82
Mariah Stackhouse
1
72
T82
Jing Yan
1
72
T93
Jennifer Chang
2
73
T93
Sandra Gal
2
73
T93
Megha Ganne (a)
2
73
T93
Hannah Green
2
73
T93
Cheyenne Knight
2
73
T93
Bronte Law
2
73
T93
Mirim Lee
2
73
T93
Wichanee Meechai
2
73
T93
Haru Nomura
2
73
T93
Inbee Park
2
73
T93
Albane Valenzuela
2
73
T93
Brynn Walker (a)
2
73
T105
Julieta Granada
3
74
T105
Jaye Marie Green
3
74
T105
Charley Hull
3
74
T105
Madelene Sagstrom
3
74
T109
Jenny Coleman
4
75
T109
Laura Davies
4
75
T109
Natalie Gulbis
4
75
T109
Jillian Hollis
4
75
T109
Morgan Pressel
4
75
T109
Suzuka Yamaguchi
4
75
T115
Perrine Delacour
5
76
T115
Brittany Lincicome
5
76
T115
Giulia Molinaro
5
76
T115
Haley Moore
5
76
119
Caroline Hedwall
6
77
120
Maia Schechter
7
78
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