LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The first day of the first-ever major on the Senior LPGA Tour produced difficult scoring conditions and just two players under par. It also produced a familiar name atop the leader board.
England's Trish Johnson fired a five-under 67 in windy conditions on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort to grab a four-shot advantage over Carolyn Hill after the first round of the 54-hole event. Johnson had seven birdies offset by one double-bogey as she and Hill were the only players to beat par.
“I’m feeling very happy,” said Johnson. “The score reflected how I played. It was a tough day, but I struck the ball really nicely and the wind didn’t affect me too much.”
Hill of St. Petersburg, Florida is alone in second. Marilyn Lovander of Punta Gorda, Florida is in third place at even-par 72. World Golf Hall-of-Famer Betsy King is in a three-way tie for fourth after a one-over 73.
Johnson, who still plays on the Ladies European Tour, beat Juli Inkster in a six-hole playoff a year ago to claim the Legends Tour Championship on this same Pete Dye Course. But she knows this week is really special.
“This week is massively cool,” said Johnson. “It’s a big event, we’ve got the U.S. Senior Open next year so it’s one of two major events (for us coming up). Everyone wants to win and just because people get older, they don’t less competitive.”
The tournament continues with round two Tuesday and the third and final round Wednesday.
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