Kim, Gonzalez Escallon Co-Lead at Thornberry Creek

Sei Young Kim and LPGA Rookie Laura Gonzalez Escallon shot matching 7-under-par 65s in the opening-round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic and share the 18-hole lead.

Kim, who is coming off a top 4 finish at last week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, finished her round with eight birdies against just one bogey.

“It’s been a long time since I played well in the first round, so I’m very blessed to have shot a 7-under. We have three more days, and I’m looking forward to the other days,” said Kim, who is in 12th place in the Race to CME Globe.

Escallon, who has two top 10s in this her rookie season, started hot with birdies on three of her first four holes. The former Purdue star parred her next nine holes, but finished strong with four more birdies over her final five holes.

“I started really hot and then I kind of stumbled a little bit, so my goal was to finish strong, and I did that,” said Escallon. “It was great.”

One back, at 6-under, are two other rookies, Madeliene Sheils and Min-G Kim. In Gee Chun headlines a logjam of 15 players tied for fifth at 5-under-par 67.

Brooke Henderson, who finished runner-up at last week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, posted a 1-under 71.

Leader’s Scorecards

Top 10

T1 Laura Gonzalez Escallon -7
T1 Sei Young Kim -7
T3 Min-G Kim -6
T3 Madeleine Sheils -6
T5 Pavarisa Yoktuan -5
T5 Katie Burnett -5
T5 Alena Sharp -5
T5 In Gee Chun -5
T5 Brittany Altomare -5
T5 Alejandra Llaneza -5
T5 Samantha Troyanovich -5
T5 Brooke Pancake -5
T5 Amelia Lewis -5
T5 Daniela Holmqvist -5
T5 Ilhee Lee -5
T5 Pornanong Phatlum -5
T5 Moriya Jutanugarn -5
T5 Karine Icher -5
T5 Bronte Law -5
T5 Caroline Hedwall -5
T5 Rachel Rohanna -5


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.


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