The Associated PressINCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Nasa Hataoka fired a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea.
Danielle Kang and Charley Hull were two shots back on Thursday on a chilly, windy day at the Sky 72 Ocean Course.
Sung Hyun Park, the LPGA’s top-ranked player, was among a handful of players at three shots back.
Park could have been closer but took a double-bogey 5 on the par-3 17th.
Kang said she tried to make the most of the challenging conditions.
“I actually really like tough conditions,” Kang said. “I’m ready to play, and whatever happens, happens. I actually like the wind.”
Hataoka also enjoyed the blustery weather.
She had eight birdies through 16 holes to reach 8-under, but then dropped a shot at 17.
Goosen tops list set to join Hall
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and three-time major champion Jan Stephenson are among five people selected for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
A 16-member panel of mostly golf administrators also selected retired Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, LPGA charter member and renowned teacher Peggy Kirk Bell and Dennis Walters, who has been inspiring golfers through clinics despite being paralyzed from the chest down since he was 24.
Goosen recovered from a lightning strike to win 33 times worldwide, including U.S. Opens at Southern Hills and Shinnecock Hills. Stephenson won the LPGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open and du Maurier Classic among her 16 titles on the LPGA Tour.