Michigan, US, June 17: Aditi Ashok had a disappointing start to her campaign at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give as she shot 3-over 75 and found herself in T-127th spot.
Aditi, who has twice finished in 30s at the event in her four starts, began on the back nine but ran into a rough stretch from 14th to the 17th as she bogeyed three of the four holes. She had her sole birdie of the day on first but another bogey on third meant a 75. She now needs a good second round to have a shot at the weekend rounds.
It has been a modest season for Aditi, whose two Top-15 finishes on the LPGA came in the first two events of 2022 season.
The 25-year-old Jennifer Kupcho blazed the Blythefield Country Club with a bogey-free, 9-under 63 and a new career-best. She went out in 30 on the front nine and had a 33 on the back nine.
This is Kupcho’s third appearance in the Meijer LPGA Classic – her best finish in the event was a tie for 10th in 2021 – and the fourth time she’s held the 18-hole lead in her career.
Gerina Mendoza sits in solo second after firing an 8-under 64, highlighted by 7 birdies and an eagle. A trio of players sit in a tie for third at -7, including major champions Anna Nordqvist and Lexi Thompson and LPGA Tour winner Madelene Sagstrom.