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Winless Walshe leads LPGA's Marathon Classic

Alison Walshe, the Marathon Classic’s first-round leader, has never finished higher than eighth in her four LPGA Tour years.

Associated Press

Alison Walshe, the Marathon Classic’s first-round leader, has never finished higher than eighth in her four LPGA Tour years.

SYLVANIA, Ohio — Alison Walshe, chasing her first victory in her four years on the LPGA Tour, shot 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead Thursday after the opening round of the steamy Marathon Classic.

Walshe, in the top 20 on tour in putting statistics, needed only 22 putts to negotiate hot, humid Highland Meadows. "I've been hitting it probably the best I've hit it in a long time this year," said Walshe, 28.

Paula Creamer, the 2008 winner of what used to be known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, shot 66 that left her tied with teenager Lexi Thompson and Jessica Shepley. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse was at par 71. Tampa resident Kristy McPherson was 2 over and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome 4 over.

PGA: Daniel Summerhays shot 9-under 63 to sit atop the leaderboard when storms forced first-round play to be halted for the day before the afternoon session of the Sanderson Farms Championship at Madison, Miss. The round was scheduled to resume this morning.

Winless Walshe leads LPGA's Marathon Classic 07/18/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 9:35pm]
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