Sisters Nelly and Jessica Korda made it late to move up the leaderboard to top the list at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, a team event on the LPGA Tour, on Wednesday at the Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan.
The Kordas hit the 16th and 18th holes with a birdie and finished the hole with 5 under 65. Jillian Hollis and Lauren Stephenson, Cydney Clanton and the Thai woman Jasmine Suwannapura as well as the Indian woman Aditi Ashok and the Thai woman Pajaree Anannarukarn also finished fifth on Wednesday under.
Nelly Korda is the number one player in the world and has just taken her first big win at the Women’s PGA Championship in June. The older sister Jessica is number 13 in the world rankings.
Clanton and Suwannapura are the defending champions from 2019, the first year the LPGA hosted a team event; the tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They recorded six birdies and one bogey for their inaugural 65.
“I think we trust each other’s games a lot,” said Suwannapura. “If we play well, for example, we go on (go) properly, good golf game, but when we miss a shot we feel like we’re touching – she has that, I have that and then we go up and down for par. I think that’s a big key for us. “
Hollis and Stephenson have pounded three of their last four holes and finished with no bogey on their card.
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“We started the first hole well,” said Stephenson. “(Hollis) had a good up and down so it kind of relieved us, but I feel like we were just trying to have fun and we did zero bogeys in alternate settings which I feel for you alone impressive, but doing it in an alternate setting is pretty awesome. “
The field played alternate stroke on Wednesday and will switch to best ball for round two on Thursday. After the cut, the formats alternate with an alternative third round and a final round of the best ball.
Two teams shared fifth place with a 4-under 66: Wichanee Meechai and Pavarisa Yoktuan, both from Thailand, as well as the Spaniard Carlota Ciganda and the English Mel Reid.
The South Korean stars Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu, the Thai sisters Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn and the South Koreans Mi Jung Hur and Jeongeun Lee6 are tied at 3 Under.