LPGA

Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic 2018

July 05-08

Thornberry Creek at Oneida, Wisconsin

$2,000,000

July 05-08

Thornberry Creek at Oneida, Wisconsin

$2,000,000

Round 1

Katherine Kirk seizes Thornberry Creek lead

July 05, 2018

Defending champion Katherine Kirk bounced back from the worst round of her pro career with a sparkling 62 on Thursday to seize the first-round lead at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

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"Golf is funny," the Australian veteran said shortly after matching the course with her 10-under effort.

"When you've played it as long as I have professionally you realize some days will be good and some will be bad."

Thursday was good from the get-go as Kirk opened with birdies at 10, 11 and 12 on the par-72 Thornberry Creek course in Oneida, Wisconsin, quickly putting her second-round 83 at last week's KPMG Women's PGA Championship out of her mind.

She birdied seven of her first nine holes, then birdied three more coming in, hitting 14 of 14 fairways and 17 of 18 greens in regulation.

"Obviously there are good vibes here and I have a lot of confidence on this golf course," said Kirk, who won with a 22-under par total last year for her third LPGA title and her first in seven years.

"It just suits my eye. So with that being said, you can only play one hole at a time. That's all I did today. I just stayed in the moment."

South Korea's Kim Sei-young carded a nine-under 63 that included six straight birdies on her back nine.

Canada's Brittany Marchand and American Megan Khang were tied for third on eight-under 64.

Khang enjoyed the ideal scoring conditions and the aggressive approach they allowed.

"I definitely knew that the course was gettable," she said. "Just last year I think the winning score was 22-under. Definitely with the amount of rain we got we knew that we could go after some pins.

"I personally like to play aggressive," added Khang, who has four top-10 finishes this year. "I think this will be a good week."

In ideal scoring conditions, the average for the round was 69.58.

Emma Talley reeled off nine birdies in 10 holes from the second through the 11th, a spell that included six birdies in a row.

She admitted that half a dozen birdies on the trot briefly had her thinking of a 59.

"I was already counting in my head at one point, what do I have to do to shoot 59," she said. "It kind of went downhill from there. I had never even played 13, 14 or 15 yet because it got rained out yesterday."

After her birdie binge ended at the 11th, Talley parred six straight before a closing bogey.

"Thank goodness I had a good start," she said. "The last few holes were a little rough."

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Katherine Kirk
-10
62
2
Sei Young Kim
-9
63
T3
Brittany Marchand
-8
64
T3
Megan Khang
-8
64
T5
Brooke M. Henderson
-7
65
T5
Emma Talley
-7
65
T5
Sandra Gal
-7
65
T5
Austin Ernst
-7
65
T5
Peiyun Chien
-7
65
T5
Carlota Ciganda
-7
65
T5
Ayako Uehara
-7
65
T12
Christina Kim
-6
66
T12
Georgia Hall
-6
66
T12
Dani Holmqvist
-6
66
T12
Ariya Jutanugarn
-6
66
T12
Azahara Munoz
-6
66
T12
Jimin Kang
-6
66
T12
Wichanee Meechai
-6
66
T12
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-6
66
T12
Jennifer Song
-6
66
T12
Mariah Stackhouse
-6
66
T22
Caroline Hedwall
-5
67
T22
Maria Torres
-5
67
T22
Mo Martin
-5
67
T22
Lindy Duncan
-5
67
T22
Amy Yang
-5
67
T22
Perrine Delacour
-5
67
T22
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
-5
67
T22
Jennifer Hahn
-5
67
T22
Bronte Law
-5
67
T22
Anna Nordqvist
-5
67
T22
In Gee Chun
-5
67
T22
Maddie McCrary
-5
67
T34
Gaby Lopez
-4
68
T34
Sakura Yokomine
-4
68
T34
Wei-Ling Hsu
-4
68
T34
Catriona Matthew
-4
68
T34
Annie Park
-4
68
T34
Jenny Shin
-4
68
T34
Brittany Altomare
-4
68
T34
Chella Choi
-4
68
T34
Laura Davies
-4
68
T34
Laetitia Beck
-4
68
T34
Brianna Do
-4
68
T34
Giulia Molinaro
-4
68
T34
Becky Morgan
-4
68
T34
Brittany Lang
-4
68
T34
Camilla Lennarth
-4
68
T34
Lee-Anne Pace
-4
68
T34
Nicole Broch Larsen
-4
68
T34
Eun-Hee Ji
-4
68
T34
Jin Young Ko
-4
68
T34
Minjee Lee
-4
68
T54
Jackie Stoelting
-3
69
T54
Tiffany Joh
-3
69
T54
Nasa Hataoka
-3
69
T54
Yu Liu
-3
69
T54
Celine Boutier
-3
69
T54
Kim Kaufman
-3
69
T54
Erynne Lee
-3
69
T54
Mi Jung Hur
-3
69
T54
Benyapa Niphatsophon
-3
69
T54
Sydnee Michaels
-3
69
T54
Katherine Perry
-3
69
T54
Mel Reid
-3
69
T54
Thidapa Suwannapura
-3
69
T54
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
69
T54
Lydia Ko
-3
69
T54
Aditi Ashok
-3
69
T54
Yani Tseng
-3
69
T54
Sarah Jane Smith
-3
69
T54
Mirim Lee
-3
69
T54
Amy Olson
-3
69
T54
Jane Park
-3
69
T54
Kassidy Teare
-3
69
T54
Allison Emrey
-3
69
T54
Olafia Kristinsdottir
-3
69
T54
Pornanong Phatlum
-3
69
T79
Julieta Granada
-2
70
T79
Katelyn Dambaugh
-2
70
T79
Jing Yan
-2
70
T79
Ryann O'Toole
-2
70
T79
Rebecca Artis
-2
70
T79
Holly Clyburn
-2
70
T79
Hee Young Park
-2
70
T79
Katelyn Sepmoree
-2
70
T79
Beatriz Recari
-2
70
T79
Emily Pedersen
-2
70
T79
P.K. Kongkraphan
-2
70
T79
Ashleigh Buhai
-2
70
T79
Daniela Darquea
-2
70
T79
Caroline Inglis
-2
70
T93
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-1
71
T93
Sophia Popov
-1
71
T93
Ally McDonald
-1
71
T93
Angel Yin
-1
71
T93
Gemma Dryburgh
-1
71
T93
Robynn Ree
-1
71
T93
Cydney Clanton
-1
71
T93
Min Lee
-1
71
T93
Klara Spilkova
-1
71
T93
Haeji Kang
-1
71
T93
Mariajo Uribe
-1
71
T93
Tiffany Chan
-1
71
T93
Samantha Troyanovich
-1
71
T93
Charley Hull
-1
71
T93
Brittany Benvenuto
-1
71
T93
Dori Carter
-1
71
T93
Lauren Kim
-1
71
T93
Cindy LaCrosse
-1
71
T93
Lauren Coughlin
-1
71
T112
Paula Reto
E
72
T112
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
E
72
T112
Alena Sharp
E
72
T112
Luna Sobron
E
72
T112
Cheyenne Woods
E
72
T112
Selanee Henderson
E
72
T112
Xiyu Lin
E
72
T112
AJ Newell
E
72
T112
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
E
72
T112
Celine Herbin
E
72
T112
Hyo Joo Kim
E
72
T112
Ilhee Lee
E
72
T112
Alison Lee
E
72
T112
Madeleine Sheils
E
72
T126
Maria Hernandez
1
73
T126
Katie Burnett
1
73
T126
Mina Harigae
1
73
T126
Daniela Iacobelli
1
73
T130
Haru Nomura
2
74
T130
Sung Hyun Park
2
74
T130
Dottie Ardina
2
74
T130
Danielle Kang
2
74
T130
Jessy Tang
2
74
T130
Sun Young Yoo
2
74
T136
Leticia Ras-Anderica
3
75
T136
Kelly Shon
3
75
T136
Alexa Pano (a)
3
75
T136
Lee Lopez
3
75
140
Emily Tubert
4
76
T141
Mind Muangkhumsakul
5
77
T141
Gabby Lemieux
5
77
143
Simin Feng
6
78
144
Vicky Hurst
7
79
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Katherine Kirk
-10
62
2
Sei Young Kim
-9
63
T3
Brittany Marchand
-8
64
T3
Megan Khang
-8
64
T5
Brooke M. Henderson
-7
65
T5
Emma Talley
-7
65
T5
Sandra Gal
-7
65
T5
Austin Ernst
-7
65
T5
Peiyun Chien
-7
65
T5
Carlota Ciganda
-7
65
T5
Ayako Uehara
-7
65
T12
Christina Kim
-6
66
T12
Georgia Hall
-6
66
T12
Dani Holmqvist
-6
66
T12
Ariya Jutanugarn
-6
66
T12
Azahara Munoz
-6
66
T12
Jimin Kang
-6
66
T12
Wichanee Meechai
-6
66
T12
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-6
66
T12
Jennifer Song
-6
66
T12
Mariah Stackhouse
-6
66
T22
Caroline Hedwall
-5
67
T22
Maria Torres
-5
67
T22
Mo Martin
-5
67
T22
Lindy Duncan
-5
67
T22
Amy Yang
-5
67
T22
Perrine Delacour
-5
67
T22
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
-5
67
T22
Jennifer Hahn
-5
67
T22
Bronte Law
-5
67
T22
Anna Nordqvist
-5
67
T22
In Gee Chun
-5
67
T22
Maddie McCrary
-5
67
T34
Gaby Lopez
-4
68
T34
Sakura Yokomine
-4
68
T34
Wei-Ling Hsu
-4
68
T34
Catriona Matthew
-4
68
T34
Annie Park
-4
68
T34
Jenny Shin
-4
68
T34
Brittany Altomare
-4
68
T34
Chella Choi
-4
68
T34
Laura Davies
-4
68
T34
Laetitia Beck
-4
68
T34
Brianna Do
-4
68
T34
Giulia Molinaro
-4
68
T34
Becky Morgan
-4
68
T34
Brittany Lang
-4
68
T34
Camilla Lennarth
-4
68
T34
Lee-Anne Pace
-4
68
T34
Nicole Broch Larsen
-4
68
T34
Eun-Hee Ji
-4
68
T34
Jin Young Ko
-4
68
T34
Minjee Lee
-4
68
T54
Jackie Stoelting
-3
69
T54
Tiffany Joh
-3
69
T54
Nasa Hataoka
-3
69
T54
Yu Liu
-3
69
T54
Celine Boutier
-3
69
T54
Kim Kaufman
-3
69
T54
Erynne Lee
-3
69
T54
Mi Jung Hur
-3
69
T54
Benyapa Niphatsophon
-3
69
T54
Sydnee Michaels
-3
69
T54
Katherine Perry
-3
69
T54
Mel Reid
-3
69
T54
Thidapa Suwannapura
-3
69
T54
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
69
T54
Lydia Ko
-3
69
T54
Aditi Ashok
-3
69
T54
Yani Tseng
-3
69
T54
Sarah Jane Smith
-3
69
T54
Mirim Lee
-3
69
T54
Amy Olson
-3
69
T54
Jane Park
-3
69
T54
Kassidy Teare
-3
69
T54
Allison Emrey
-3
69
T54
Olafia Kristinsdottir
-3
69
T54
Pornanong Phatlum
-3
69
T79
Julieta Granada
-2
70
T79
Katelyn Dambaugh
-2
70
T79
Jing Yan
-2
70
T79
Ryann O'Toole
-2
70
T79
Rebecca Artis
-2
70
T79
Holly Clyburn
-2
70
T79
Hee Young Park
-2
70
T79
Katelyn Sepmoree
-2
70
T79
Beatriz Recari
-2
70
T79
Emily Pedersen
-2
70
T79
P.K. Kongkraphan
-2
70
T79
Ashleigh Buhai
-2
70
T79
Daniela Darquea
-2
70
T79
Caroline Inglis
-2
70
T93
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-1
71
T93
Sophia Popov
-1
71
T93
Ally McDonald
-1
71
T93
Angel Yin
-1
71
T93
Gemma Dryburgh
-1
71
T93
Robynn Ree
-1
71
T93
Cydney Clanton
-1
71
T93
Min Lee
-1
71
T93
Klara Spilkova
-1
71
T93
Haeji Kang
-1
71
T93
Mariajo Uribe
-1
71
T93
Tiffany Chan
-1
71
T93
Samantha Troyanovich
-1
71
T93
Charley Hull
-1
71
T93
Brittany Benvenuto
-1
71
T93
Dori Carter
-1
71
T93
Lauren Kim
-1
71
T93
Cindy LaCrosse
-1
71
T93
Lauren Coughlin
-1
71
T112
Paula Reto
E
72
T112
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
E
72
T112
Alena Sharp
E
72
T112
Luna Sobron
E
72
T112
Cheyenne Woods
E
72
T112
Selanee Henderson
E
72
T112
Xiyu Lin
E
72
T112
AJ Newell
E
72
T112
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
E
72
T112
Celine Herbin
E
72
T112
Hyo Joo Kim
E
72
T112
Ilhee Lee
E
72
T112
Alison Lee
E
72
T112
Madeleine Sheils
E
72
T126
Maria Hernandez
1
73
T126
Katie Burnett
1
73
T126
Mina Harigae
1
73
T126
Daniela Iacobelli
1
73
T130
Haru Nomura
2
74
T130
Sung Hyun Park
2
74
T130
Dottie Ardina
2
74
T130
Danielle Kang
2
74
T130
Jessy Tang
2
74
T130
Sun Young Yoo
2
74
T136
Leticia Ras-Anderica
3
75
T136
Kelly Shon
3
75
T136
Alexa Pano (a)
3
75
T136
Lee Lopez
3
75
140
Emily Tubert
4
76
T141
Mind Muangkhumsakul
5
77
T141
Gabby Lemieux
5
77
143
Simin Feng
6
78
144
Vicky Hurst
7
79