Walshe starts strong in search of first LPGA win in four years

SYLVANIA, Ohio — Alison Walshe, chasing her first victory in four years on the LPGA Tour, shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the steamy Marathon Classic on Thursday.

Walshe, in the top 20 on tour in putting statistics, needed only 22 putts to negotiate hot and humid Highland Meadows. Paula Creamer, the 2008 winner of what used to be known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, played later in the day and shot a 66 that left her tied with Lexi Thompson and Canadian Jessica Shepley.

Top-ranked Inbee Park birdied her final two holes for a 67. Defending champ So Yeon Ryu had a 68, and Se Ri Pak, a five-time winner of the tournament, opened with a 69.

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At Overland Park, Kan., Ashland native Jason Allred turned in an even-par 71 after the opening round of the Midwest Classic Presented by Cadillac at Nicklaus GC at LionsGate.

Allred had three of his four birdies over a four-hole stretch on the back nine. He suffered a double bogey on hole No. 7 and added bogeys on Nos. 2 and 17.

Ben Martin, Chris Smith and Tyrone Van Aswegen are tied for the lead with 65s.

Sanderson Farms Championship

At Madison, Miss., Daniel Summerhays rebounded from a disappointing finish last week in Illinois to take the lead in the rain-delayed first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Four days after squandering the final-round lead in the John Deere Classic, Summerhays shot a 9-under 63 to open a three-stroke lead. He had an eagle and seven birdies in a bogey-free round in steamy conditions at Annandale Golf Club.

Will Claxton, Michael Bradley and Jonathan Randolph shot 66.

The entire afternoon group was unable to finish because of storms that hit the course in suburban Jackson. Kevin Kisner was the top player in the afternoon session, playing the first six holes in 4 under.

U.S. Amateur Public Links

At Lorton, Va., China's Dou Zecheng beat fellow 16-year-old Sam Horsfield of England 1 up in the U.S. Amateur Public Links to advance to the quarterfinals.

Dou took the lead with a par on the par-3 16th at Laurel Hill and matched Horsfield with a par on the par-4 and a birdie on the par-5 18th to close out the match.

Dou will face Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, Wis. Niebrugge beat Canada's Justin Shin 5 and 3 in the third round.

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