Korean I.K. Kim leads the Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
I.K. shot an opening round of -7 under par 65, to lead the Portland Classic by one shot
“Today I hit the ball well and made some putts coming down. This is really good golf course. You have to hit the good shots and also make putts. There’s a couple of tricky pins, but I was able to manage.”
“So I’m very pleased with how I finished. Solid round, yeah, my game’s feeling good. Just need to keep playing.”
“Seems like every week it’s like 66, 65, so I didn’t really thought about scoring that much. With this golf course you just gotta play your game, and then you get rewarded.”
Sharing second place at -5 under par are two Americans, Amelia Lewis and Jennifer Song,.
Jennifer, who played the course backwards left herself a 50 ft putt on her last hole of the day, the 9th. She drained it for birdie;
“Well, I wasn’t expecting to make it. I knew it was going to be a fast putt, so I just told myself to get the pace right and just get it near the proximity of the hole, and it just went in. I just lucked out.”
“I had a wonderful day today. I was making a lot of putts out there, and then my short game was sharp, so I didn’t have a lot of long birdie putts. Most of them were tap-ins. I just played great today.”
“It’s pretty important, but when I came out here, I try not to think about it, because if I think about like trying to get in the Asia events, it’s thinking about the future. So just trying to play my own game out there and just be in my zone and take it one day at a time.”
Amelia confessed to be working on a new swing, just tweaking things around, it seemed to be working OK;
“I’ve been working on my swing a little bit and tweaking a few things, and now it’s coming back and working out. So it’s going to be a good end of the year.”
There are seven Ladies tied in fourth place at -5 under par, one of them Alison Walshe has also been working on her game with her old University of Arizona, coach, Michael Haywood;
“To be honest, and we kind of had a little epiphany about something I’ve changed, and we kind of went back to what was working then, which I don’t know why I ever kind of went away from it.”
“We kind of grinded the first two days, and I just had to trust it, and I did. And actually hit some really good shots, so it was kind of refreshing.”
“We really looked at pictures. I’m not one to hugely look at video, but we noticed my grip was really strong in college, and I almost have a borderline really weak grip now, which trying to get to a spot, it’s pretty hard for that position.”
This is another of those tight tournaments and any silly mistake could be very costly.