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Brittany Altomare, Yuka Saso on top after first round in Oahu – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-04-15 01:40:06 –

After the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championships in Kapolei, Hawaii on Wednesday, US veteran Brittany Altomare and Filipino teenage Yuka Saso will share the lead.

Sasso and Altomare each shot a par 8 under 64 at the Kapolei Golf Club, sitting one shot ahead of a pair of South Korean Ryu So-yeon and US Nelly Corda and Allie Ewing.

Stacy Lewis in the United States dominates 6th place with 6 unders. Amateur Rose Jean is in seventh place with American companions Jessica Korda, South Korea’s Kim Sei-young and Lee Mi-hyang, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, and Taiwan’s Weilin Sue.

A 30-year-old from Massachusetts, Altomare is aiming for his first LPGA victory after finishing 12 times in the Top 10. She hasn’t finished in the Top 20 of this year’s event after being ranked in the Top 10 twice late last year.

On Wednesday, she was one under par after playing the back nine, but she produced a stunning stretch to start the front nine, carding seven consecutive birdies.

Altomare said of Birdie Streak, “I noticed towards the end, so I chipped in a 7 and started laughing. It was like’one of those days’ and it was fun. It never happened. After a while, I was excited …

“I gave myself a pretty good look. I made some lengths (pats) but they weren’t that long. All within 30 feet. Still, they are pretty It was cool. “

19-year-old Sasso became the first Filipino woman to win a personal gold medal at the Asian Games in 2018. She mainly plays on the Japan Tour LPGA, but finished 13th at the US Women’s Open last year. 50th place in the first US major in 2021, ANA inspiration.

Sasso’s bogey free round, which also started in Back Nine, ended with four consecutive birdies.

“I made some good putts and had good ups and downs, my driving was very consistent today,” Sasso said. “Yes, I think it made me lucky.”

She is playing at this event and has visited Hawaii for the first time thanks to her sponsorship exemption.

“Learning here, and learning from other golfers, is a really good opportunity for me, so … I’m really grateful,” she said.

-Field level media

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