Volunteers of America Classic R1

Charley Hull takes opening lead in Texas

December 03-06
Old American Golf Club, The Colony, Texas
$1,750,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




England’s Charley Hull shot a 3-under 68 on Thursday and takes a one-stroke lead into the second round of the Volunteers of America Classic. Hull recorded her career-best VOA Classic 18-hole score with six birdies.


“I was so cold out there. I played pretty solid. The golf course is playing so much different than it did last year. It’s playing a lot longer, which I prefer. I struggled swinging the last two holes, I just got so cold. Along that lake you just get like freezing.”

The colder condition benefitted long hitters but Hull struggled with her accuracy. She hasn’t held the opening lead since the 2016 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, where she finished in a tie for eighth.



“I felt like I was hitting it really well up until [the eighth hole]. Actually, I didn’t hit a green, but I was always just like a club short or something or half a club short and I was still putting just off the green, but I felt like I was hitting it pretty well and then just made some birdies coming in.”

Americans Jennifer Kupcho and Jessica Korda and Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum are tied for second at 2-under. All three agreed the cold was the story of the day and looked forward to milder temperatures predicted for Friday.


“I’m feeling very cold today, yeah. So I just focus on like every shot that I play and just keep myself warm and bring a lot of clothes, jacket and like hand warmer and then so I don’t like cold weather,” said Phatlum.

“I was just trying to stay warm. It was just really tough trying to figure out the wind, cold, wind and the cold. But yeah, no, happy with 2-under,” said Korda. “Made a bogey on my last hole, which, you know, oh, well, happens, but all in all it was a good day.”



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Five players are tied for fifth at 1-under, including major champions Brittany Lang and Anna Nordqvist . Defending champion Cheyenne Knight is tied for 10th after a first-round 71 along with seven other players. 

First round play was suspended for darkness at 5:10 p.m. CT and will resume at 7:20 a.m. on Friday. 




Pos.
Player
Thru
To Par
R1
1
Charley Hull
F
-3
68
T2
Jessica Korda
F
-2
69
T2
Pornanong Phatlum
F
-2
69
T2
Jennifer Kupcho
F
-2
69
T5
Megan Khang
F
-1
70
T5
Gerina Piller
F
-1
70
T5
Brittany Lang
F
-1
70
T5
Ally Ewing
F
-1
70
T5
Anna Nordqvist
F
-1
70
T10
Angela Stanford
F
E
71
T10
Lindsey Weaver
F
E
71
T10
Madelene Sagstrom
F
E
71
T10
Cheyenne Knight
F
E
71
T10
Sophia Popov
F
E
71
T10
Jin Young Ko
F
E
71
T10
Mi Jung Hur
F
E
71
T10
Linnea Strom
16
E
T18
Chella Choi
16
1
T18
Cristie Kerr
F
1
72
T18
So Yeon Ryu
F
1
72
T18
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
F
1
72
T18
Nasa Hataoka
F
1
72
T18
Annie Park
F
1
72
T18
Tiffany Chan
F
1
72
T18
Ariya Jutanugarn
F
1
72
T18
Sung Hyun Park
F
1
72
T18
Nicole Broch Larsen
F
1
72
T18
Inbee Park
F
1
72
T18
Austin Ernst
F
1
72
T18
Yealimi Noh
F
1
72
T31
Moriya Jutanugarn
F
2
73
T31
Jasmine Suwannapura
F
2
73
T31
Mel Reid
F
2
73
T31
Yu Liu
F
2
73
T31
Haley Moore
F
2
73
T31
Lauren Stephenson
F
2
73
T31
Kristen Gillman
F
2
73
T31
Kelly Tan
F
2
73
T31
Su Oh
F
2
73
T31
Jeongeun Lee6
F
2
73
T31
Pajaree Anannarukarn
F
2
73
T31
Andrea Lee
F
2
73
T31
In Gee Chun
F
2
73
T31
Brittany Altomare
F
2
73
T31
Leona Maguire
16
2
T31
Emma Talley
14
2
T47
Alana Uriell
16
3
T47
Katherine Kirk
F
3
74
T47
Morgan Pressel
16
3
T47
Sarah Burnham
15
3
T47
Elizabeth Szokol
F
3
74
T47
Jeong Eun Lee
F
3
74
T47
Ryann O’Toole
F
3
74
T47
Cydney Clanton
F
3
74
T47
Amy Olson
F
3
74
T47
Perrine Delacour
F
3
74
T47
Hee Young Park
F
3
74
T58
Sarah Kemp
F
4
75
T58
Hannah Green
F
4
75
T58
Minjee Lee
F
4
75
T58
Stephanie Meadow
F
4
75
T58
Stacy Lewis
F
4
75
T58
Jing Yan
F
4
75
T58
Jillian Hollis
F
4
75
T58
Pernilla Lindberg
F
4
75
T58
Amy Yang
16
4
T58
Robynn Ree
16
4
T58
Jaye Marie Green
15
4
T69
Ayako Uehara
15
5
T69
Bronte Law
F
5
76
T69
Gaby Lopez
F
5
76
T69
Lindy Duncan
F
5
76
T69
Sarah Schmelzel
F
5
76
T69
Patty Tavatanakit
F
5
76
T75
Jackie Stoelting
F
6
77
T75
Eun-Hee Ji
F
6
77
T75
Mind Muangkhumsakul
F
6
77
T75
Caroline Masson
16
6
T79
Giulia Molinaro
16
7
T79
Jenny Coleman
16
7
T79
Bianca Pagdanganan
F
7
78
T79
Ashleigh Buhai
F
7
78
T79
Julieta Granada
F
7
78
T79
Sarah Jane Smith
F
7
78
T79
Tiffany Joh
F
7
78
T79
Esther Lee
F
7
78
T79
Xiyu Lin
F
7
78
88
Celine Boutier
F
8
79
T89
Maria Fassi
F
9
80
T89
Maria Torres
F
9
80
T89
Angel Yin
F
9
80
T92
Alexa Pano (a)
F
10
81
T92
Mi Hyang Lee
F
10
81
T92
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
14
10
95
Tillie Claggett
F
12
83
96
Brooke Morales
F
14
85
WD
Mirim Lee
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