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Hull takes early lead at Volunteers of America Classic

Field Level Media
04 Dec 2020, 11:40 GMT+10

England's Charley Hull shot a 3-under-par 68 to take a one-shot lead through play Thursday in the opening round of the LPGA's Volunteers of America Classic at The Colony, Texas.

A three-way tie for second place at 2-under 69 features Jennifer Kupcho, Jessica Korda and Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum.

The opening round was suspended by darkness on a cold and blustery day with 16 competitors still on the par-71 Old American Golf Club course.

Hull got off to a slow start while starting on the back nine, notching six pars and a bogey through her first seven holes. She birdied four of the next six holes, then sandwiched two more birdies between two bogeys in the four-hole stretch from No. 5-8.

"I was so cold out there," Hull said. "I played pretty solid. The golf course is playing so much different than it did last year. It's playing a lot longer, which I prefer. I struggled swinging the last two holes, I just got so cold. Along that lake you just get like freezing."

Korda, who also closed on the front nine, birdied Nos. 7 and 8 before finishing with a bogey.

"I was just trying to stay warm," she said. "It was just really tough trying to figure out the wind, cold, wind and the cold. But yeah, ... happy with 2 under. Made a bogey on my last hole, which, you know, oh, well, happens, but all in all it was a good day."

Phatlum added, "I'm feeling very cold today, yeah. So I just focus on like every shot that I play and just keep myself warm and bring a lot of clothes, jacket and like hand warmer. ... I don't like cold weather."

Gerina Piller, Megan Khang, Ally Ewing, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist and Brittany Lang of McKinney, Texas are tied for fifth place at 1 under. Among the eight players another shot back at even par is defending champion Cheyenne Knight.

The event is the final one before next week's U.S. Women's Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston.

--Field Level Media

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