Despite a couple of bogeys on her last four holes, Hamilton’s Alena Sharp finished the first round of the inaugural Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic with a five-under 67 that left her tied for fifth in Oneida, Wisc.
Sharp ran up five consecutive birdies from the fourth hole through the eighth and added a couple of more on the 10th and 12th.
“It was a great day,” said Sharp, who goes into the second round just two shots off the lead.
“I started off solid, just hitting fairways and greens and last week (at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship), I kind of struggled with that, so I was happy to get off to a solid start and then I made five birdies in a row starting on number for, so it was nice to get those under my belt,” said Sharp.
“Then, I hit it really close on 10 to like a couple inches. I don’t know, just very relaxed, and I really like the way the golf course suits my eye,” she added.
“I’m really happy with how I played today. Last week it was really a struggle. I scored okay last week. I putted and chipped well, but I did not hit the ball well, so I worked hard the last few days and it’s nice to see the hard work already showing,” added Sharp.
“I hit shots way closer to the pin today than I did all last week. I think it’s nice to get that kind of confidence going for next week and just go out tomorrow and do what I did today, and same thing Saturday and Sunday and then have that great momentum going into the U.S. (Women’s) Open next week,” she said.
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