Keeping Score

England’s Charley Hull sets pace on LPGA

With 1st-round 3-under 68, Hull holds 1-stroke lead at Volunteers of America Classic in Texas

68: Score for England’s Charley Hull, whose 3-under round led Thursday at the LPGA’s Volunteers of America Classic in The Colony, Texas. Starting on the back nine at at Old American Golf Club, Hull made four birdies in five holes near the turn – at Nos. 17-18 and 2-3, en route to a six-birdie, three-bogey performance. Hull, 24, is seeking her second LPGA victory and first since the 2016 Tour Championship. Americans Jessica Korda and Jennifer Kupcho shared second place with Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum at 2-under 69. With temperatures reaching only the mid-upper 40s and winds of 12-22 mph, only nine of the 97 starters were under par before darkness suspended play with 16 players yet to finish. “I was so cold out there,” Hull said while wearing a beanie and red parka. “I played pretty solid. The golf course is playing so much different than it did last year. It's playing a lot longer, which I prefer. I struggled swinging the last two holes; I just got so cold. Along that lake [Lewisville], you just get, like, freezing.” The $1.75 million event is the third-to-last event on the LPGA’s 2020 schedule and precedes next week’s U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston (scores).

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