Stormo goes 6 under for opening-round LNGA Amateur lead
Editor's note: Second-round play was suspended mid-day. This story will be updated upon completion of Wednesday's play.
Karoline Stormo (Kent State Athletics)
The Golf Club of Tennessee is barely a year removed from hosting the U.S. Women’s Amateur. This week, they’re hosting a tune-up for the same event.
The Women’s Trans National Amateur is under a new name this week: the LNGA (Ladies National Amateur Golf Association) Amateur. Regardless, it’s an opportunity for the best players to tune up before the national championship rolls around at Old Waverly in West Point, Miss., next week.
After the opening round in Kingston Springs, Tenn., Kent State player Karoline Stormo had a two-shot lead at 6-under 65. Stormo made four consecutive birdies mid-round, from Nos. 4-7, then closed with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 17 and 18.
South Carolina’s Anita Uwadia is close behind at 4-under 67, a round that included an eagle at the par-5 17th.
Bentley Cotton, an Austin native and Texas commit, and Lauren Hartlage, a member of the Louisville team who was invited to play the Augusta National Women’s Amateur this spring, both posted 3-under 68 in the opening round.
All told, 14 players were under par in the opening round. Other notable performances include a 1-over 72 from recent California Women’s Amateur champion Amari Avery. Fellow Netflix “Short Game” star Alexa Pano also is on that number.
Lauren Greenlief, a quarterfinalist from last year’s Amateur at GC of Tennessee, also is in the group at 1 over.
ABOUT THE LNGA Amateur
The inaugural event, held in 1927 at Blue Hills
Country Club in Kansas City, Mo. set off decades
of successful tournament across the United
States, conducted by an organization then
named the Missouri Valley Women's Golf
Association. A year later, the name became the
Women's Trans-Mississippi Golf Association,
evolving into the Women's Trans National Golf
Association by 1953 to include all states before
changing to the Ladies National
Golf Association in 2019. This
72-hole stroke play event spans the nation and
has been hosted at some of the country finest
including Persimmon Ridge in Kentucky,
Stonewall Links in Pennsylvania, and Eugene
Country Club in Oregon.
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