Courtesy: Katie Ann Robinson - Symetra Tour
Symetra Tour rookie Jenni Jenq fired a 5-under 67 to take the first-round lead of the Island Resort Championship in Harris, Mich. The Saratoga, Calif. native carded six birdies and one bogey to take a one-shot lead over South Koreaâ??s Jacey Chun, Florida State Seminole Lacey Agnew and Florida Gator Hannah Yun.
The Wellesley College graduate got off to a hot start with a birdie on the first hole and carded two more before making the turn. Her only bogey came on the par-5 11th hole, but quickly turned her game back around with birdies on the par-4 15th and par-5 18th. With 26 putts on the Sweetgrass Golf Club, Jenq said her comfort on the greens helped her deliver the low-round of the day.
â??I didnâ??t hit that well today but I hit a ton of par putts from about 15 feet,â?? said Jenq. â??Making those putts really got it going for me. No three putts today either so thatâ??s great. Itâ??s just all thanks to my putter.â??
Yun teed off on No. 10 this morning and carded three birdies before making the turn and followed up with three more to take the lead through 14 holes. But the San Diego, Calif. native fell to 4-under after bogeys on Nos. 6 and 8.
Yun, who has been a Symetra Tour member since 2008, is playing in her third event of the year at the Island Resort Championship and is looking to tally her second top-10 finish. Through two events, Yun has a scoring average of 69.8 which has been her target week-in and week-out.
â??My goal every week has been to just shoot one-under on each side,â?? said Yun. â??If I get more then Iâ??ll take it but Iâ??d be happy if I shot one-under on each side.
â??Iâ??ve been working really hard on my game and itâ??s starting to come out. Iâ??m just trying to keep it going and try to enjoy it. Iâ??ve had a lot of fun out here.â??
Agnew and Chun shot similar rounds with only one blemish after five birdies. It was partly cloudy with windy conditions during Fridayâ??s first-round, but Agnewâ??s patience on course helped her adjust her sails to fire a 5-under 68.
â??Weâ??ve had pretty perfect weather all day,â?? said Agnew. â??The greens were a little softer today than we had seen earlier in the week. I got off to a slow start but I had to stay patient. I had to kind of learn how to adjust to that half way through the round and then fired at the pins a little more.â??