Canadian Brittany Marchand is in the early hunt at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.
The Orangeville, Ont., local opened with an Eight-under 64 to take a seat in a tie for 3rd, two photographs again of chief Katherine Kirk of Australia on Thursday.
Marchand used to be 2 beneath at the flip, however birdied six of the seven ultimate holes to shoot up the leaderboard with a brand new private low rating at the LPGA. She carded 8 birdies and went bogey unfastened.
“(I) actually didn’t hit the ball great on the range, and I just tried to relax and not think about it. Then I kind of started out a little slow, but then the back nine I really started to hit the ball better and make a lot of putts,” stated Marchand. “So that was nice.”
Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., is true in the back of Marchand after a gap 65. Hamilton’s Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc Sherbrooke, Que., opened with 72s.
“I’m really happy with it,” Henderson stated about her spherical. “Bunch of birdies out there, no bogeys. Just kind of got off to a good start and was able to go 4 under on the back, which really helped.”
Marchand made a hole-in-one at the 17th in the outlet spherical at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship final week to win a automobile. She struggled thru the following 3 rounds to complete Eight over, however believes she’s enjoying a few of her highest golfing at the instant.
“I think right now I’ve been feeling good about my game for quite a while. Just kind of little things here and there haven’t really got me to finish where I want to,” Marchand stated earlier than including final week’s event used to be stuffed with highs and lows. “I like to see rounds like [today] happen because I feel like I have them in me. It’s good for this to come out once in a while.”
Kirk, the protecting champion, carded 10 birdies en path to taking pictures 62. South Korea’s Sei Young Kim is 2d with a 63.
American Megan Khang matched Marchand with a 64.