Women’s Golf – LPGA Classic

The LPGA Classic in New Jersey is hotting up with the first round now in the books. American Jennifer Johnson stunned the gallery at the Stockton Seaview Golf Club when she matched the course record with a nine-under, 62, to snatch the lead from Japan’s Haru Nomura, 63 and Christina Kim, on 64.

Jennifer JohnsonAustralian golfer Sarah Kemp shot a respectable four-under 67 to sit five shots off the lead. While Lindsay Wright posted a 68 and Karrie Webb (last year’s champion) finished with 69.

Koreans Inbee Park (the current world number one) and Na Yeon Choi sit four shots off the pace on 66.

Johnson credits who great first round to being able to deal with the nerves she felt at the 17th. “… that’s when I was eight-under and I was trying to beat my 63,” she told reporters. “So then, I started getting a little nervous because my goal was to get to 10-under, but I only got to nine. But when you shoot something you’ve never shot before, nerves are going to happen.”

Second placed Nomura was pleased with her performance, “All in all, my putting was on, my shot was really good … everything was perfect today.”

The current leader, Jennifer Johnson finished the day with 10 birdies – five in a row between the 9th and 13th holes, and one bogey.

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