WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (AFP) –
South Korea’s Jiyai Shin fired a tournament-record nine-under 62 to seize the lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship.
The 24-year-old Shin had to endure a two hour rain delay which contributed to organizers having to halt play on Thursday because of darkness.
A total of 33 players returned to the course Friday morning to finish their rounds but Shin was able to hold onto her lead.
Her bogey-free round was a career best and it matched the lowest on tour this season. She rolled in nine birdies.
Dewi Claire Schreefel, of the Netherlands, was one of those that had to complete their rounds in the morning. She closed out the first round Friday by parring her two remaining holes.
Shin is chasing her first victory since the 2010 season, when she captured two events.
Shin had her putter going early by making birdie on the 10th and 11th to get her round going. After three straight pars, Shin rolled in another birdie on the 15th.
The 2008 Women’s British Open champion followed with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 to get to five-under.
Shin made the turn, then missed the green at the fourth. That is when the horns blew Thursday forcing the players off the course.
She returned to a tough pitch shot, which she nailed for another birdie.