There are two ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard at the end of day 1 at the Kia Classic, at Aviara Golf Club in California.
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Paula Creamer and Mariajo Uribe both carded first round scores of -5 under par 67, on the Aviara Golf Club course, to lead the Kia Classic by just one shot.
Paula said teeing off early is an advantage;
” That’s what this golf course is about is starting early and taking those advantages, and the closer you hit it, too, the easier it is, but they’re pretty soft still. You know, they released a little bit today, but hopefully they won’t put too much water on it this afternoon and going into tomorrow and especially into Sunday.”
“I played pretty solid, I had one bogey, but I gave myself a bunch of opportunities, and you know, putted really well, made some good 2‑putts. And I think it’s an advantage playing early in the morning, and I wanted to take that advantage and try and get as many birdies, but eliminate the bogeys.”
“I missed a couple of fairways out there, which is not really normal for me. I normally hit a lot of fairways and greens, and I missed a couple in the rough. And you know, I’m going to definitely go hit some balls to fix that.”
Mariajo was playing in the second to last group of the day and finished just before sun set at 7:30 p.m. She spoke about slow play and the rush to finish, and not having to return the next day to complete the round;
” It was just a rush at the end. You don’t want to come at 5 AM to warm up and play one hole. But we were trying to do it as fast as we could and we were always waiting, but I just tried to stay calm and it had affected me in the past and I am glad it didn’t today.”
“I took advantage of the first couple of holes where the greens weren’t that bad. I made four birdies on the first five holes and just took it from there. Stayed pretty calm, we were playing pretty slow out there so, just a lot of time down, didn’t really think about it that much.”
In a close contest today there are four players tied in second spot, all on -4 under par, after opening rounds of 68. Cristi Kerr, Shanshan Feng, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, and Mi Hyang Lee are all comfortably sitting just one shot back on the day.
Inbee Park, the Rolex #1 opened with a -3 under par 69 today, tied in seventh place with four other players. Inbee is playing well but her putting leaves a lot to be desired;
“Today was like the day I could have gone ten under, but still in the 60’s, that’s all right. Three more days, keep the ball striking like this this week and next week and I think I will be good. I missed a lot within ten feet today. Missed probably seven, right of them and I just haven’ t been putting that well the last few weeks.”