Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire are five strokes behind Australia’s Hannah Green after the opening round of the windswept LOTTE Championship in Hawaii.
Reen survived the nearly 30-mile winds that battered Oahu’s Hoakalei Country Club on Wednesday, carding eight birdies and two bogeys to take a two-shot lead.
Meadow and Maguire both shot a under 71 and tied for 26th place.
Jordanstown star Meadow bogeyed on the 11th and 12th holes but mixed five birdies with two bogeys on eight holes to end up in the red.
Co Cavan native Maguire dropped early shots in sixth and eighth, but shagged in 12th, 13th and 17th to join Meadow in under par.
Green won her first major, the KPMG Women’s PGA, in 2019 and she’s not intimidated by the challenge in Hawaii.
“I hit the ball really well and had nice numbers in the holes,” said the Australian. “It was never really like taking too many hard hits, which is pretty tough here in Hawaii.
“But I feel like the windier it gets and the harder it gets, I like that. I feel like I like the challenge. I might not say that tomorrow if I have a bad score, but it’s food for thought. Yes, those who play well will be rewarded.”
She is one shot ahead of India’s Aditi Ashok, Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh, Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim, America’s Alison Lee and England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff, with defending champion Lydia Ko in 11th after a 69.
Jennifer Kupcho, who won the Chevron Championship two weeks ago, was one under with six to play but signed for a 74 after playing the three-hole stretch from 13th to 15th in four over par.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/maguire-and-meadow-off-to-steady-starts-in-hawaii-41553448.html Maguire and Meadow are off to a steady start in Hawaii