Morgan Pressel leads the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Morgan shot a first round -5 under par 66 to sit on top of the ShopRite LPGA Classic leaderboard at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in New Jersey.
Morgan carded five birdies, two bogey and an Eagle on the day and finished strongly, birdie-Eagle to get to -5 under par. Morgan reported that she had some unforced errors but was encouraged by her strong finish, and the confidence in her new swing;
“I really didn’t put myself in a whole lot of trouble.”
“I wouldn’t say that I certainly had the best game out there. I felt like I made a few mistakes. And I didn’t play all that well, but then I came down birdieing 8 and eagleing the last hole.”
” That definitely helps, and I only made two bogeys today, I mean they weren’t great bogeys by any means.”
” I shouldn’t have really made them, but hopefully tomorrow I can eliminate those kinds of mistakes and can keep giving myself opportunities for birdie.”
“I think it’s just a confidence thing, I think it’s not standing up to the tee afraid of where the golf ball might go, but knowing on the next one I certainly can give myself a good opportunity to make birdie.”
“So it’s really just a confidence thing and it’s nice to stand up to the tee with more confidence.”
Four ladies are tied second at -4 under par; Anna Nordqvist, Alena Sharp, Min Lee and Ryann O’Toole are in hot pursuit of the leader.
Min Lee has adjusted her attitude after struggling recently, and it is working for her;
“I’ve been struggling for a while, like a couple weeks, and then so last week is an off-week, and I was looking for like what’s different when I’m playing good at Symetra and then here, and I kind of lost myself a little bit for the past few weeks.”
“And then after Williamsburg, we played U.S. Open qualifier, and I just changed my mind and I really enjoyed it, and I played really good, and I just bring the attitude here to today.”
“I really like the golf course. The greens are very tiny and little, and it gets very windy. But it’s windy in Taiwan, too, so, I really like.”
The defending champion Stacy Lewis Eagled her final hole, the ninth, to score a +1 over par 72 for her opening round to finish in a tie for 56th .
World number two Inbee Park started the competition with an even par round of 71, in her pursuit of Lydia Ko at the top of the rankings. Lydia is not competing here this week so the gap could close between them.