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October 6, 2023
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Hyo Joo Kim narrowly missed out on tying the tournament 18-hole scoring record at Old American Golf Club when she missed a long birdie putt on 18 that skimmed just right of the hole to close with a 7-under 64 for the lead at The Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America.

“Including last week, my putting hasn’t been good so I hadn’t been able to hit low scores. But my putting worked really well for the first time in a while so I was able to hit low scores and it was a satisfying day,” said the South Korean. “I’ve been getting some stress over the last couple tournaments because of putting. I just made sure I wasn’t becoming too sensitive and tried to get the distance right. I think playing it safe allowed me to not miss any birdie chances.”

Kim hasn’t had a win yet in 2023 but the five-time LPGA Tour winner has recorded eight top-10 finishes including two runner-up results at the FREED GROUP Women's Scottish Open and the ShopRite LPGA Classic. In her 16 starts this season, she has also earned three additional top-20 finishes and has not missed a cut. Her last win came in 2022 at the LOTTE Championship presented by Hoakalei.

“It’s good that I’m on top of the leaderboard often but it’s disappointing that I’m not at the top at the end of the week. I really want to stay at the top of the leaderboard after this week’s done,” said Kim.

Thirteen-year LPGA Tour veteran Azahara Munoz took an early lead during round one, shooting a 5-under 66 while playing in the first group of the day. The Spaniard had seven birdies on the card, which were highlighted by back-to-back chip ins on Nos. 6 and 7, and two bogeys. At the end of the day, she sits in T2 with Taiwan's Yu-Sang Hou, who shot a bogey-free round and her lowest 18-hole score of the season, and rookie Sofia Garcia from Paraguay, who was also bogey-free on Thursday.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
1Hyo Joo Kim-764
T2Sofia Garcia-566
T2Yu-Sang Hou-566
T2Azahara Munoz-566
T5Sarah Kemp-467
T5Marina Alex-467
T7Minami Katsu-368
T7Jenny Shin-368
T7Lindsey Weaver-Wright-368
T10Maria Torres-269
T10Louise Ridderstrom-269
T10Nicole Broch Estrup-269
T10Jennifer Chang-269
T10Chanettee Wannasaen-269
T10Yuna Nishimura-269
T10Pauline Roussin-269
T10Gabriella Then-269
T10Weiwei Zhang-269
T10Yealimi Noh-269
T10Hannah Green-269
T10Celine Boutier-269
T10Pornanong Phatlum-269
T10Mariajo Uribe-269
T24Sarah Schmelzel-170
T24Bianca Pagdanganan-170
T24Bronte Law-170
T24Amelia Lewis-170
T24Cheyenne Knight-170
T24Emily Kristine Pedersen-170
T24Leona Maguire-170
T24Atthaya Thitikul-170
T32Sarah Jane SmithPar71
T32Xiaowen YinPar71
T32Wichanee MeechaiPar71
T32Jeongeun Lee6Par71
T32Alexa PanoPar71
T32Jodi Ewart ShadoffPar71
T32Brianna DoPar71
T32Maddie SzerykPar71
T32Aline KrauterPar71
T32Dori CarterPar71
T32Kim KaufmanPar71
T32Ruixin LiuPar71
T32Polly MackPar71
T32Ally EwingPar71
T32Gemma DryburghPar71
T32Lexi ThompsonPar71
T32Frida KinhultPar71
T32Lauren StephensonPar71
T32Dana FallPar71
T51Kiira Riihijarvi+172
T51Wei-Ling Hsu+172
T51Jeongeun Lee5+172
T51Jennifer Song+172
T51Angela Stanford+172
T51A Lim Kim+172
T51Maria Fassi+172
T51Paula Reto+172
T51Dottie Ardina+172
T51Mina Harigae+172
T51Caroline Inglis+172
T51Marissa Steen+172
T51Dewi Weber+172
T51Ilhee Lee+172
T51Lauren Miller+172
T51June Song (a)+172
T51Lauren Hartlage+172
T51Cydney Clanton+172
T51So Yeon Ryu+172
T51Charley Hull+172
T51Jaravee Boonchant+172
T51Paula Creamer+172
T51Jasmine Suwannapura+172
T51Brittany Lincicome+172
T51Ana Belac+172
T51Hyo Joon Jang+172
T77Brittany Lang+273
T77Karis Davidson+273
T77Su Oh+273
T77Pavarisa Yoktuan+273
T77Eun-Hee Ji+273
T77Yan Liu+273
T77Ines Laklalech+273
T77Annie Park+273
T77Kristy McPherson+273
T77Katherine Muzi+273
T77Luna Sobron Galmes+273
T77Riley Rennell+273
T77Narin An+273
T77Hinako Shibuno+273
T77Gerina Mendoza+273
T77Pernilla Lindberg+273
T77Emma Talley+273
T77Samantha Wagner+273
T95Maelynn Kim (a)+374
T95Gina Kim+374
T95Stacy Lewis+374
T95Arpichaya Yubol+374
T95Elizabeth Szokol+374
T95Albane Valenzuela+374
T95Sophia Schubert+374
T95Allison Emrey+374
T95Mariah Stackhouse+374
T95Manon De Roey+374
T95Jing Yan+374
T95In Gee Chun+374
T95Amanda Doherty+374
T108Lucy Li+475
T108In Kyung Kim+475
T108Mel Reid+475
T108Emilee Hoffman+475
T108Christina Kim+475
T108Lindy Duncan+475
T114Sadena Parks+576
T114Kum-Kang Park+576
T114Linnea Johansson+576
T114Valery Plata+576
T114Ellie Szeryk (a)+576
T114Jill McGill+576
T114Brittany Altomare+576
T114Celine Herbin+576
T114Gaby Lopez+576
T114Soo Bin Joo+576
T114Min Lee+576
125Nanna Koerstz Madsen+677
T126Sydnee Michaels+778
T126Ellinor Sudow+778
T126Natalie Gulbis+778
129Natalie Yen (a)+980
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The Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America 2023

Date: October 5th - 8th 2023

Location: Old American Golf Club, The Colony, Texas

Purse: $1,800,000

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