World #1 Women’s Amateur, Kiwi Lydia Ko is tied at the top of the leaderboard in her defense of her CN Canadian Women’s Open title.
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Lydia fired in a determined 1st round of -5 under par 65, which included a bogey on the 15th hole at the CN Canadian Women’s Open at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Canada. She holds a share of the first-round lead with American Angela Stanford and Cristel Boeljon of The Netherlands at -5 under par.
Lydia was paired with the 17-year European Solheim Cup team member Charley Hull who had a -1 under par 69, and 22-year old Canadian pro Jennifer Kirby, -3 under par 67. She said the solid play of the entire group helped her to concentrate on her round;
” I started off really well with a birdie, but when I have a birdie on the first hole I haven’t really played that well. I was kind of nervous that I did make a birdie on the first. But I guess birdies are good, and I think I played pretty solid today. But I think I played good because the whole group seemed to play good and make lots of birdies, so we were in a really good rhythm as a whole group.”
“It didn’t really feel like young players, I think we’re all kind of like mature.”
“And quick, that was nice.I think that it really helped that I played in the Manulife earlier this season and I had a good tournament there, so I think that kind of eased the nerves into this one. I felt very comfortable out there and ended up making a few putts, and good round.”
Co-leader Angela Stanford, was bogey free in her round, and said she had played a solid game;
” I hit it really well today, really solid, and I’ve been hitting it solid. I think finally the ball found the bottom of the hole a little bit faster. I think if you can keep it in the fairways on this golf course, you’ll have chances at birdie. My instructor has said that when you have wide open fairways, a lot of times your swing gets kind of loose because you can miss it more than normal and still hit a fairway. So I had to really kind of focus in and get lined up correctly, because they are way more narrow.”
Cristel carded birdie-eagle-birdie on 15-16-17, the eagle was an ace and helped to move her into a share of the lead;
” I only realized it by the lady that was behind the green that put her hands up, and I was like, I guess it’s in, because we couldn’t see with the sun, everyone was high fiving, so we got up to the hole, and we see it’s in. It helps your score out a lot, it’s just nice. You know, it’s nothing other than you hole a few putts, and I’m lucky that I hit that shot into the hole. But you do it more often, and for me it didn’t feel anything different, it’s just you try to just do your thing. Go through your routine again, just try to play shot by shot. My finishing hole I had a good bounce from the bunker, and yeah, just pleased with my game at the moment.”