Los Angeles - American Lizette Salas fired a course
record-equalling 10-under par 62 on Thursday to take a two-shot first-round
lead over Japan's Nasa Hataoka and Angel Yin in the LPGA Indy Championship.
Salas birdied the last three holes at the Brickyard Crossing
Golf Club course in Indianapolis, Indiana, two of them after waiting through a
With an eagle and eight birdies total, her career best round
put her two ahead of two 19-year-olds - American Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa
Sweden's Caroline Hedwall, South Korean Ko Jin-young and
Americans Danielle Kang and Jane Park shared fourth, a further stroke back on
65 and New Zealand star Lydia Ko headed a group of six players on 66.
Salas got going early with an eagle at the par-five second
hole. She birdied three in a row from the fourth through the sixth and bagged
two more birdies at 12 and 14.
After a birdie at 16, she was on the green and looking at a
birdie putt when play was halted for more than an hour.
"I had about a four-foot putt on 17," Salas said.
"I didn't even think about it the entire time during the delay. I was
hanging out with Danielle (Kang) and she was giving me her silly dad jokes, so
it definitely kept my mind off of it.
"I was really excited to be back. And to finish off
with birdie on 18 from off the green, which is icing on the cake, so I've just
got to keep it going the next three days."
Yin exploded out of the gate with eight birdies in her first
nine holes, her eight-under 28 on the front nine one short of the LPGA's
Yin needed just nine putts on her front nine and came home
in even par with one more birdie and a bogey in her eight-under 64.
Hataoka had eight birdies without a bogey for her share of
Leading first-round scores on Thursday in the US LPGA tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA unless noted, par-72):
62 - Lizette Salas
64 - Nasa Hataoka (JPN), Angel Yin
65 - Danielle Kang, Caroline Hedwall (SWE), Ko Jin-young (KOR), Jane Park
66 - Lin Xiyu (CHN), Lydia Ko (NZL), Carlota Ciganda (ESP), Lee Mi-hyang (KOR), Ashleigh Buhai (RSA), Mariah Stackhouse
67 - Hsu Wei-Ling (TPE), Thidapa Suwannapura (THA), Nicole Broch Larsen (DEN), Alena Sharp (CAN), Madeleine Sheils, Mariajo Uribe (COL)