EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — South Koreans In Gee Chun and Sung Hyun Park shot 8-under 63 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Evian Championship, the last of the LPGA Tour’s five majors.
Top-ranked Lydia Ko’s bid to defend her title — and win a third career major by the age of 19 — got off to a rocky start with a 70.
“It was tricky for me because on the back nine I was not hitting fairways,” the New Zealander said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to hit some fairways tomorrow.”
Chun, the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open champion, said she felt nervous after missing the cut here last year but hardly let it show.
“I could see the putting lines and I was good rolling the ball on those lines,” she said. “The greens are getting softer this year.”
While Ko’s play was patchy, with a bogey and only two birdies, second-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand had a triple bogey in a 73.
American Annie Park had an eagle and five birdies to match China’s Shanshan Feng at 64. American Angela Stanford had a 65, and South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Eun-Hee Ji shot 66.
ALBERTSONS BOISE OPEN
BOISE, Idaho — Sam Ryder, Adam Schenk and Keith Mitchell each shot 7-under 64 to share the first-round lead in the Web.com Tour Finals’ Albertsons Boise Open.
Ryder birdied the first four holes and five of the first six at Hillcrest Country Club. The 26-year-old former Stetson player, 31st on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list, bogeyed the ninth, birdied the 12th and eagled the par-5 16th.
Schenk had nine birdies and two bogeys. The 24-year-old former Purdue player was 40th on the Web .com Tour money list. Mitchell eagled the par-4 ninth and had six birdies and a bogey. The 24-year-old former Georgia player was 70th on the Web .com Tour money list.
Rory Sabbatini Ryan Brehm, Brett Drewitt and Hiroshi Iwata shot 65.
The tournament is the second in the four-event series features the top 75 players from the Web .com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings and some non-members with enough PGA Tour money to have placed in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup had he been eligible.
The top 25 players on the Web .com Tour regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings.
ELVERSON, Pa. — Stewart Hagestad rallied to win U.S. Mid-Amateur title, overcoming a late four-hole deficit and beating Scott Harvey with a 14-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole.
Hagestad, the 25-year-old former Southern California player from Newport Beach, California, won four of the final five holes of regulation — all with birdies — and finished off Harvey on the par-3 37th with a spot in the Masters at stake at Stonewall Links.
Five-down after 25 holes and 4-down after 30, Hagestad won the par-4 32nd and par-3 33rd, halved the par-4 34th with a bogey and won the par-3 35th and par-4 36th to tie it.
The 38-year-old Harvey, from Greensboro, North Carolina, won the 2014 title.
For the first time in USGA championship history, the stroke-play, co-host course was used in a 36-hole championship match. The first 18 holes were played on the par-70 North Course and the afternoon round was on the par-70 Old Course, the site off all of the other matches.
U.S. WOMEN’S MID-AMATEUR
ERIE, Pa. — Julia Potter won the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur for the second time in four years, beating Shannon Johnson 2 and 1 at The Kahkwa Club.
Potter, a 28-year-old reinstated amateur from Indianapolis, also won the 2013 event for players 25 and older and finished second in 2014.
The only female left-handed champion in USGA history, Potter is the fifth multiple champion, joining Sarah LeBrun Ingram (1991, 1993, 1994), Ellen Port (1995, 1996, 2000, 2011), Meghan Stasi (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012) and Carol Semple Thompson (1990, 1997).
Potter played at the University of Missouri and is the director of marketing for the Indiana Golf Office. The 33-year-old Johnson, from Norton, Massachusetts, played at New Mexico and Indiana and works as a sales representative for Ping golf equipment.
Johnson won four consecutive holes — all with pars — to square it with three holes to play. Potter won the par-4 16th with a 10-foot birdie putt, and the match ended on the par-4 17th when Johnson missed a 3-foot par putt and Potter made a 2 1/2-footer for par.
WORLD AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico — Min Ji Park shot a 4-under 68 to help South Korea take a seven-stroke lead after the second round of the World Amateur Team Championship
Hye Jin Choi added a 69 at Mayakoba El Camaleon to give South Korea a 13-under 275 total, with only the best two scores counting each day for the three-player teams. Hyun Kyung Park had a 75.
Choi topped the individual standings at 5-under 139, a stroke ahead of Denmark’s Puk Lyng Thomsen. Thomsen had a 67 on the Iberostar Playa Paraiso layout.
First-round leader Switzerland was second, with Kim Metraux shooting a 72 and sister Morgane Metraux adding a 73. The sisters are teammates at Florida State.
Ireland was third at 1 under, with Duke junior Leona Maguire leading the team with a 70.
The United States was tied for seventh at 3 over. Katelyn Dambaugh had a 72, and Mariel Galdiano and Andrea Lee each shot 73.
MONZA, Italy — Defending champion Rikard Karlberg of Sweden shot a 7-under 64 to top the leaderboard in the suspended first round of the Italian Open.
Thunderstorms delayed play and many player were unable to finish before dark at Golf Club Milano next to Monza’s Formula One circuit.
Sweden’s Robert Karlsson and Spain’s Adrian Otaegui shot 64.