Lewis tied with Miyazato for LPGA lead

Posted June 01, 2012, at 8:28 p.m.

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Stacy Lewis and Mika Miyazato are tied for the lead after the opening round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Lewis and Miyazato each shot a 6-under 65 on Friday at the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

Paula Creamer and Mariajo Uribe are tied for third at 4 under. Maude-Aimee Leblanc is at 3 under, while seven players are another shot back, including Lexi Thompson and Christina Kim.

Yani Tseng shot an even-par 71 while defending champion Brittany Lincicome finished with a 72.

The morning half of the field had the better of the weather, as skies darkened and the winds picked up around midday.

Uribe was the only one of the leaders with an afternoon tee time.

Miyazato, who is seeking her first LPGA title, played in the first group of the morning and got off to a fast start. She birdied Nos. 3 and 5 before draining a 20-foot eagle putt at the short par-5 ninth to make the turn at 4 under.

She birdied two par 3s on the back, Nos. 11 and 17.

Lewis, who won her second LPGA title in Mobile in April, was in the middle of her round when the conditions started to change. Playing the back nine first, she made the turn in 2 under before starting her second nine with a birdie, a double bogey and an eagle.

She reached the green at the par-5 ninth in two but missed a seven-foot eagle putt that would have given her the outright lead.

Creamer, who tied for second in this tournament as an amateur in 2004, reached No. 18 in two and drained her eagle putt.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Mike Goodes opened the Principal Charity Classic by sticking all of his approaches next to the cup and tapping in for easy birdies.

Knowing such good fortune was unlikely to last, Goodes put it out of his mind and finished Friday’s opening round of the Principal Charity Classic in West Des Moines, Iowa, nearly as well as he started it.

Goodes shot a 7-under 64 to take a two-shot lead at Glen Oaks Country Club. Jay Haas, who won in Iowa in 2007 and 2008, leads a group at 5-under 66 that includes South African David Frost and former Masters champion Larry Mize.

Goodes opened his round with four straight birdies. He nearly had two more on Nos. 5 and 6 and he closed with back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th holes. Goodes shot a 30 on the front nine and matched his lowest overall score on the Champions Tour.

“Just tried to play after that because you know you don’t want to start thinking about how good you are after four (holes),” Goodes said. “You’re not going to finish too good then.”

Goodes, whose only Champions Tour win came at the Allianz Championship in 2009, stumbled to a bogey on No. 7 before racking up back-to-back birdies.

Goodes and Larry Nelson, who were playing in the same group, went to No. 18 tied at 6 under. But Goodes watched Nelson hit a strong putt that shot past the hole en route to a bogey, which helped him judge his try well enough to sink it from above the hole at just under 20 feet.

Haas struggled in his previous two tournaments, tying for 29th at last week’s Senior PGA Championship. But he had a 69 in his last round at Harbor Shores in Michigan and he carried it over into Friday.

Haas needed just 23 putts in the opening round, a welcome change of pace after struggling recently on the greens.

Graham Marsh, 68, scored the tournament’s first hole-in-one since 2006 when he aced the 203-yard second hole. Marsh, who also had a hole-in-one on a different hole during a pro-am earlier in the week, blew his good fortune with three bogeys and a double-bogey on the final seven holes and finished at 2 over.

Fuzzy Zoeller and John Harris both aced the 16th hole back in 2006.

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