Stormo goes 6 under for opening-round LNGA Amateur lead
Karoline Stormo (Kent State Athletics)
Karoline Stormo (Kent State Athletics)

Editor's note: Second-round play was suspended mid-day. This story will be updated upon completion of Wednesday's play.

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.

Results: LNGA Amateur
1NorwayKaroline StormoNorway70065-69-71-65=270
2KYLauren HartlageElizabethtown, KY50068-69-73-67=277
3GAAmanda DohertyAtlanta, GA40073-69-67-70=279
4CAAmari AveryRiverside, CA40072-71-70-67=280
5PABrynn WalkerRadnor, PA40069-75-71-68=283

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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 courses, including Persimmon Ridge in Kentucky, Stonewall Links in Pennsylvania, and Eugene Country Club in Oregon.

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