Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic R1

American 17 Year-Old Qualifier Shoots 63 in Third Career LPGA Start

July 04-07
Thornberry Creek at Oneida, Oneida, Wisconsin
$2,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

China’s Yu Liu heads a packed leaderboard by one-stroke after a bogey-free course record tying round of ten under par (62) at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

Liu, who is making her second appearance in the tournament, having finished in T18 last year, shot the lowest score of her LPGA Tour career as she looks to claim her first LPGA Tour title.

Thornberry Creek Classic R1 - Yu Liu Fires 62 to take lead
Photo credit: Chema Saiz

The 23-year-old from Beijing put on a ball striking masterclass including hitting 11/14 fairways and 15/18 greens but conceded that it was her short game that made the difference.

“I just made a lot of putts, mid-range inside 15 feet. The greens are really pure and the grass is similar to what I grew up with in China so I feel comfortable.”

South Korea’s Jeong Eun Lee, who led for most of the morning, started on the back nine and hit the turn in 29 shots (-7) before making an eagle on the 12th to raise early 59 alarms. The 30-year-old, who is one of the most consistent performers on the Tour, went on to finish her round with six straight pars to sign for a career-best LPGA round of 63.


Lee, who had her best result of the season last week in Arkansas has good reason for her change in form.

“I switched to a new coach and he’s given me a lot of great advice and we’ve changed a couple of things. My short game on the greens came together really well and I was able to make long birdie putts.”

“That’s the reason why I had luck today.”

Joining her in second place, and perhaps the surprise package on the leaderboard, including major winners Shanshan Feng (-8), Anna Nordqvist (-8), Ariya Jutanugarn (-7) and Sung Hyun Park (-7) is Monday qualifier, Yealimi Noh.

Noh, who shot 67 on Monday to make the tournament field, turns 18 in two weeks having only turned professional in February 2019 following victories at the 2018 Girl’s Junior PGA Championship, U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and 2018 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship.

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Seeking to become only the third Monday qualifier to win an LPGA Tour event (Brooke Henderson, 2015 Cambia Portland LPGA Classic and Laurel Kean, 2000 State Farm LPGA Classic), Noh is not getting carried away.

“I don’t really want to think about winning right now, I’m just really grateful to be playing.

“I was actually pretty nervous on the 1st hole and I told myself that I wasn’t. Throughout the round I got a little more comfortable.”

Defending champion Sei Young Kim, who captured the famous Sky Woman trophy last year in record-breaking style, threatened to continue where she left off with three birdies in her first four holes but eventually signed for a 3-under-par round of 69.

Native American sponsor invite Gabby Lemieux started her second appearance at Oneida with a first round 75 (+3).


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Yu Liu
-10
62
T2
Yealimi Noh
-9
63
T2
Jeong Eun Lee
-9
63
T4
Tiffany Joh
-8
64
T4
Nasa Hataoka
-8
64
T4
Jasmine Suwannapura
-8
64
T4
Tiffany Chan
-8
64
T4
Shanshan Feng
-8
64
T4
Amy Yang
-8
64
T4
Anna Nordqvist
-8
64
T11
Cydney Clanton
-7
65
T11
Carlota Ciganda
-7
65
T11
Ally McDonald
-7
65
T11
Alison Lee
-7
65
T11
Sung Hyun Park
-7
65
T11
Moriya Jutanugarn
-7
65
T11
Ariya Jutanugarn
-7
65
T18
Gaby Lopez
-6
66
T18
Jennifer Song
-6
66
T18
Lauren Stephenson
-6
66
T18
Jane Park
-6
66
T18
Megan Khang
-6
66
T18
Celine Boutier
-6
66
T18
Caroline Masson
-6
66
T25
Rachel Rohanna
-5
67
T25
Austin Ernst
-5
67
T25
Mina Harigae
-5
67
T25
Lee-Anne Pace
-5
67
T25
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-5
67
T25
Pornanong Phatlum
-5
67
T25
Lee Lopez
-5
67
T32
Patty Tavatanakit
-4
68
T32
Jing Yan
-4
68
T32
Brianna Do
-4
68
T32
Alana Uriell
-4
68
T32
Julieta Granada
-4
68
T32
Lauren Kim
-4
68
T32
Eun-Hee Ji
-4
68
T32
Katherine Kirk
-4
68
T32
Sakura Yokomine
-4
68
T32
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-4
68
T32
Katherine Perry
-4
68
T32
Dottie Ardina
-4
68
T32
Robyn Choi
-4
68
T32
Sandra Gal
-4
68
T32
Pavarisa Yoktuan
-4
68
T47
Maddie McCrary
-3
69
T47
Mind Muangkhumsakul
-3
69
T47
Emily Kristine Pedersen
-3
69
T47
Wichanee Meechai
-3
69
T47
Jenny Haglund
-3
69
T47
Emma Talley
-3
69
T47
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-3
69
T47
Kristen Gillman
-3
69
T47
Wei-Ling Hsu
-3
69
T47
Mi Hyang Lee
-3
69
T47
Marina Alex
-3
69
T47
Giulia Molinaro
-3
69
T47
Ayako Uehara
-3
69
T47
Lindsey Weaver
-3
69
T47
Clariss Guce
-3
69
T47
Elizabeth Szokol
-3
69
T47
Mariajo Uribe
-3
69
T47
Anne van Dam
-3
69
T47
Georgia Hall
-3
69
T47
Sei Young Kim
-3
69
T47
Laetitia Beck
-3
69
T47
Muni He
-3
69
T69
Kelly Tan
-2
70
T69
Jennifer Kupcho
-2
70
T69
Brittany Lang
-2
70
T69
Amy Olson
-2
70
T69
Sophia Popov
-2
70
T69
Stephanie Meadow
-2
70
T69
Cindy LaCrosse
-2
70
T69
Becca Huffer
-2
70
T69
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
-2
70
T69
Na Yeon Choi
-2
70
T69
Madelene Sagstrom
-2
70
T69
Chella Choi
-2
70
T69
Mi Jung Hur
-2
70
T69
Jimin Kang
-2
70
T69
Aditi Ashok
-2
70
T69
Louise Stahle
-2
70
T85
Brooke Pancake
-1
71
T85
Natalie Gulbis
-1
71
T85
Lindy Duncan
-1
71
T85
Hyo Joo Kim
-1
71
T85
Maria Torres
-1
71
T85
Nicole Broch Larsen
-1
71
T85
Charlotte Thomas
-1
71
T85
Karine Icher
-1
71
T85
Cheyenne Knight
-1
71
T85
Cheyenne Woods
-1
71
T85
P.K. Kongkraphan
-1
71
T85
Sophia Schubert
-1
71
T85
Youngin Chun
-1
71
T85
Celine Herbin
-1
71
T85
Daniela Darquea
-1
71
T85
Jeongeun Lee6
-1
71
T85
Louise Ridderstrom
-1
71
T85
Min Lee
-1
71
T85
Gemma Dryburgh
-1
71
T104
Alexa Pano (a)
E
72
T104
Kim Kaufman
E
72
T104
Isi Gabsa
E
72
T104
Kendall Dye
E
72
T104
Simin Feng
E
72
T104
Suzuka Yamaguchi
E
72
T104
Dori Carter
E
72
T111
Daniela Iacobelli
1
73
T111
Maia Schechter
1
73
T111
Dani Holmqvist
1
73
T111
Ryann O’Toole
1
73
T111
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
1
73
T111
Christina Kim
1
73
T111
Ruixin Liu
1
73
T111
Ashli Bunch
1
73
T111
Erynne Lee
1
73
T111
Kim Williams
1
73
T111
Dana Finkelstein
1
73
T111
Karen Chung
1
73
T111
Kristy McPherson
1
73
T111
Brittany Marchand
1
73
T111
Luna Sobron Galmes
1
73
T126
Mariah Stackhouse
2
74
T126
Ashleigh Buhai
2
74
T126
Alena Sharp
2
74
T126
Hee Young Park
2
74
T126
Olafia Kristinsdottir
2
74
T131
Gabby Lemieux
3
75
T131
Peiyun Chien
3
75
T131
Paula Reto
3
75
T131
Jaclyn Lee
3
75
T135
Stephanie Kono
4
76
T135
Sarah Burnham
4
76
T137
Amelia Lewis
6
78
T137
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
6
78
139
Lilia Vu
7
79
140
Presley Cornelius (a)
24
96
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