Sylvania (Ohio), 13 July, 2019: Aditi Ashok is finally beginning to find some form as she carded a four-under 67 in the first round of the Marathon Classic to lie Tied-11th after the first day.
Aditi, who finished tied-eighth in the same event in 2017, had five birdies against just one bogey. It was her seventh score in the 60s in last eight rounds and augurs well for her form on the eve of the upcoming Majors.
She started birdie-birdie on first and second and added a third on ninth to turn in three-under. She dropped her only shot on the 11th but closed with a flourish as she birdied both 17th and 18th for a day’s work of 67.
She is only three shots behind the leaders, Alena Sharp of Canada and Youngin Chun of South Korea. Aditi is Tied-11th with eight others.
The 38-year-old Sharp and 19-year-old Chun shot seven-under 64 each and were a stroke ahead of Stacy Lewis and three others at Highland Meadows Golf Club. Sharp, who is winless on the LPGA Tour, had eight birdies and a bogey.
Chun, who is also seeking her first LPGA Tour victory, had a bogey-free round.
Lewis won the last of her 12 LPGA Tour titles in 2017. Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson and Jenny Haglund matched Lewis at 65.
Lexi Thompson was at 66 with U.S. Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6, Carlota Ciganda and Clariss Guce.