Jessica Korda cashes in at the Blue Bay LPGA sitting on top of the leaderboard at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in China.
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Jessica shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead of the Blue Bay LPGA in China with a one shot lead. She reported that her putter was working really well;
“It was really nice. I was hitting the ball pretty good and then I made some long putts, as well, off the green. I guess the putter was just hot on the front nine, so I took advantage of it.”
“Highlight was No. 10. Hit my drive way out right. Didn’t hit in the fairway, then didn’t have the right club. And the wind took it and I made the putt from across the whole green, from the back of the green to the front of the green, it was like from back to front, about 60 feet.”
Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Brittany Lang, Shanshan Feng, Caroline Masson, Lee-Anne Pace and Michelle Wei all share second spot. all with opening rounds of -5 under par 67.
Michelle was having some fun out there, enjoying the round;
“It was fun, because I feel like the ball kind of sits up with this type of grass and I felt like I was hitting flop shots all day.”
“It was kind of fun. I was just blasting them away. Definitely you have to hit to the right parts.”
“Missed a couple of birdie chances coming in. It always feels good when the ball kind of circles the hole 360 and ends up going in. It was a fun round today.”
Danielle Kang, at -4 under par and T8 was 22 years old on Monday and celebrated what she said was the longest birthday of her life;
“It was a great week. I had a really good birthday.”
“It was the longest birthday of my life actually. We went on the plane and it was like a charter plane, so everybody is like happy birthday on the plane. Then I went to sleep and then I woke up. And it was still my birthday. We drove in a car, got to the hotel and then I went to sleep and it was still my birthday and I woke up and I had a full day of birthday.”
Danielle gave herself a birthday present with a Hole in One, on the 155 yards 17th hole to win a brand-new Buick LaCrosse;
“It was in the middle of the round. So, yeah, I was pretty pumped.”
“My caddie had to tell me to calm down. On the 18th hole I was still trying to go for it. I’m an aggressive player, so, why not, let’s go. Missed a lot of putts but there was a lot of good things I did.”
Lucky for her that this is not a Volvo sponsored event, all they offer is an earthmover for a hole in one, like they did at the World Match-Play.
World No. 3 Lydia Ko, finished with a -2 under 69 and trails the lead by three shots at the end of the day T14.