Karine Icher has the first round lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco. A two-hour delay due to fog in the Bay Area, means there are still seven groups still to complete their opening rounds.
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Karine had a bogey free first round -6 under par 66, at Lake Merced Golf Club giving her a two shot lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. She said it was just a good day, and stuck to her strategy, including staying warm;
” It was just a good day, I’m happy about that. I stayed confident all through the round. I think the strategy on this golf course is to stay short of the hole. It’s a tough golf course, especially with the wind and temperature. Gets so cold. You try to get to stay warm and try to catch the right wind and you go with it and make some putts.”
Lake Merced Golf Club.
There are five ladies in the following pack, all at -4 under par for the opening round. Lydia Ko is one of that group, making a great start here, although she carded a couple of bogey’s.
With Lydia are, Ilhee Lee, Jenny Shin, Maria McBride and Dewi Clair Schreefel, with good first round scores of 68.
Earlier in the day on Thursday Lydia Ko was named as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, along with the likes of Pope Francis and Barack Obama. She mentioned what an honor is was to be singled out;
” You know, I just do what I love to do, play good golf. That’s where my confidence builds up. Kind of be named in that top 100 of the most influential people in the world is huge. Top 100 in the country is big, but in the whole world, you know, it’s a huge honor, especially amongst the big names there.”
“ I played good today, so hopefully good memories and positive thinking for tomorrow.”
It was also Lydia’s 17th birthday and she was presented with a birthday cake following the end of her round, accompanied by everyone singing Happy Birthday;
” Kind of embarrassing, but then so happy that a lot of people knew about my birthday. I was happy and thanked all the people there who were singing.”
Dewi Clair was still in bed when the delay was announced, so she decided to stay there. Her round was good, due mainly to a hot putter;
” Well, I was luckily in bed when one of the other players text me there was a delay. So I just had a pleasant morning where I’m staying. I relaxed and kept to my routine and didn’t come out here earlier.”
“Putter was really, really nice day. I mean, when you make birdies you’re rolling the putter well. All in all I played really well from tee to green.”