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Chella Choi surges ahead of Morgan Pressel for first-round lead at Wegmans LPGA

By Jay Skurski


UPDATE (5:49 p.m.): Chlla Choi continues to maintain a one-shot lead at 5-under, playing the par-5 17th hole. The mist/rain continues, but with no thunder or lightning, it looks like the round should be able to be completed. South Korean Jiyai Shin has a bogey-free round going. She's currently in a tie for third place at 3-under through 15 holes.

UPDATE (4:59): Leader Chella Choi has made her first bogey of the day on the par-4 13th hole, dropping back to 5-under, still in solo possession of the ead. The rain continues to fall on the course.

UPDATE (4:23 p.m.): Chella Choi has made another birdie on the par-4 10th hole to move to 6-under par and two strokes clear of the field. Choi has no bogeys on the card thus far. The rain has started falling harder here at Locust. Fingers crossed for no delays.

UPDATE (3:40 p.m.): South Korean Chella Choi has surged ahead, shooting a 31 on the front nine to go 5-under par and one stroke up on Morgan Pressel. Choi has birdies on the second, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth holes. The 22-year-old is looking for her first career win on the LPGA Tour. She did, however, show signs of breaking through last season with seven top-10 finishes.

UPDATE (2:45 p.m.): Yani Tseng just recorded a hole-in-one on the 150-yard, par-3 15th hole using an 8-iron. It's the sixth hole-in-one recorded at the 15th in LPGA tournament history at Locust Hill, and second in as many years following Jodi Ewart's ace last year.


Good afternoon from Locust Hill Country Club, where the afternoon wave is off in the first round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship. Those players out on the course are currently chasing leader Morgan Pressel, who closed her first round with a marvelous run of four straight birdies to shoot a 4-under 68.

Pressel made six birdies and two bogeys on the day. She's currently one shot up on Brittany Lincicome, who shot a 69, and Chella Chois, who's through five holes.

American Jessica Korda and South Korean Se Ri Pak are two shots back after opening rounds of 70.

Players are allowed to lift, clean and place their balls today after the course took 2.5 inches of rain on Thursday, and more than five inches in the past nine days.

"We are extremely impressed with the work of Rick Slattery and his crew at Locust Hill. Given the amount of rain we received yesterday, we thought we might be hard pressed to start at 7:15 a.m. today. We were able to start on time because of the hard work of the folks at Locust Hill," said Sue Witters, the LPGA's vice president of rules and competitions.

We'll have updates from the course throughout the afternoon.



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