GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Lee Bo-mee of South Korea fired seven birdies for a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after Thursday’s first round of the Australian Ladies Masters.
U.S. Open champion So Yeon Ryu, the early leader, was a stroke back on 68 at Royal Pines with fellow-South Korean Hee Kyung Seo and Christel Boeljon of the Netherlands.
American teenager Lexi Thompson had five birdies in an error-free round to sit two strokes off the pace with England’s Felicity Johnson, and Australians Nikki Campbell and Stephanie Na.
The 16-year-old Thompson became the youngest winner in Ladies European Tour history in December when she won the Dubai Ladies Masters. In September she became the youngest LPGA Tour champion with a victory in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama.