Michelle McGann and Katie PetersonParker each had a 7-under-par 65 Friday and shared the lead after the first round of the $550,000 YoungstownWarren LPGA Classic at Warren, Ohio.
Rosie Jones shot a 66 and was second, while 11 golfers were at 69 to tie for third place. The coleaders tied the tournament record for one round on the 6,308-yard Avalon Lakes Golf Course.
Peterson-Parker, 28, made five straight birdies and had one bogey. She shot a 5-under 31 on the back nine, needing just 12 putts.
Robin Walton of Clarkston shot an even-par 72. Defending champion Tammie Green of Somerset, Ohio also shot a 72.
At Memphis, Tenn., a thunderstorm dumped 2 inches of rain in the afternoon and suspended the second round of the FedEx-St. Jude Classic with less than half the field finished.
Jim Gallagher, playing in the sixth group off the 10th tee, came within a putt of walking off the TPC at Southwind course with the early lead. He stood at 14 under through 35 holes with an 8-underpar 63 and faced a 20-footer for birdie when play was stopped at 12:13 p.m. CDT.
Pullman’s Kirk Triplett finished the second day of play and carded a two-day score of 68-68 for 6-under par.
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