Three ladies are tied at the top of the Kia Classic leaderboard, Hee Young Park, South Korea, Jackie Stoelting, USA, and Caroline Hedwall, Sweden, share the honor at the Aviara Golf Club, in California.
Hee Young, Jackie and Caroline all carded opening Kia Classic rounds of -6 under par 66, to top the leaderboard.
Hee Young has been brushing up on her putting;
“I’ve been practicing a lot of like short putting.”
“I don’t think I missed a short putt today.”
“That makes me like a lot more comfortable, so easier to play the round today.”
Jackie just likes the Aviara Golf Club;
“Must just suit my game, I hit a lot of fairways. I don’t necessarily hit if far, but keeping it in the fairway is super key this week.”
“The greens are so big that I think I really tried to narrow my focus and worry about right around the pin.”
“They were soft, so I was able to fire at pins. Just a really good day.”
Caroline is adjusting after a long term injury;
“It’s just all about trust and having self-confidence. I feel like I’ve gained that now.”
“I had good practice sessions the last couple days, and it’s starting to pay off. That’s really nice.”
Four ladies are then sharing fourth place at -5 under after their first rounds of -5 under 67. I.K. Kim, South Korea, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, Nicole Broch Larsen, Denmark and Cristie Kerr, USA, are all just one shot back on day one.
I.K. was getting used to her new clubs, after the set she used to win last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, were stolen;
“It was really difficult at first, I really worked hard, like worked a lot, went to the factory like a dozen times.”