Paula Reto carded a six-under-par 65 at Blythefield Country Club on Thursday to join a five-way tie for the lead after the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.
The 26-year-old opened with a bogey at the 10th before going on the rampage from the 12th, where she picked up the first of four consecutive red numbers. Another birdie at the 17th helped the Capetonian make the turn at four-under-par after going out in 31 strokes.
‘I think I saw the leaderboard after my first nine. I’m somewhere there in the middle or top middle, I’m just going to keep playing. From there on in I just kept playing my game’ said Reto, who also led after 18 holes at the ShopRite LPGA Classic a fortnight ago.
She got going on the second nine on Thursday with a birdie at the third, which took her to five-under-par. She didn’t drop a shot coming in and got to six-under-par, courtesy of another birdie at her closing hole.
Reto was joined at the top by Laura Davies, Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, and Carlota Ciganda.
Women’s PGA Championship Brooke Henderson and world number one Lydia Ko were both four-under-par after the first round.