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21 Sep 2014
22 Sep 2014
Kim sizzles with 65 at Portland Classic
A 4-under-par 68 didn't even get you in the top 10, and a 72 had you at the pending cut line after Thursday's first round of the LPGA Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
I.K. Kim of South Korea took a one-shot lead with a 65, despite parring the last five holes.
Amelia Lewis and Jennifer Song, both of the United States, shared second with 66s.
The seven-deep group at 67 included Sweden's Anna Nordqvist and Julieta Granada, part of the winning Spanish foursome in the recent, inaugural International Crown.
Veteran Juli Inkster shot 68, while defending champion Suzann Pettersen could only match the 71 shot by 20 golfers, including Beaverton amateur Gigi Stoll.
The 72-hole event continues Friday and concludes Sunday.
Song and Lewis posted their scores early, and the number held up until Kim got hot in the final group of the day.
"I hit the ball well and made some putts," Kim said. "This is a really good golf course. You have to hit good shots and also make putts. There's a couple of tricky pins, but I was able to manage."
Song, who played at USC and won the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur, birdied the par-4 9th, her final hole of the day, with a putt of close to 60 feet. The 6-under round was her best in four years on the LPGA Tour.
"I just played great today," said Song, who is 85th on the season money list.
Lewis, from the University of Florida, also had a bogey-free round.