Vicki Fergon, a 20-year LPGA Tour veteran who has missed the cut in five of her last 10 starts, shot a tournament-record 9-under 63 on Friday to take a six-stroke lead in the Heartland Classic.
"I got my tempo down on my tee shots really well," said Fergon, who totaled 10-under 134 on the Forest Hills course. "I was seeing the target, and I hit everything straight at it. Other than that, I can't explain it."
Fergon, 40, who won the 1984 S&H Classic for the last of two tour titles, had seven birdies and an eagle to break the tournament mark of 65 set by Joan Pitcock in 1994. Fergon also was one off the LPGA record of 62, which she shares with three players.
"It's one of those things where I saw the hole and my stroke went right to the hole," said Fergon, who holed an 8-iron shot from 137 yards for eagle on the 560-yard, par-5 16th hole. "It was very strange. It's just a feeling that's there. Whether it's there the next day is another story."
Melissa McNamara followed her opening-round 71 with 69 to move into second place at 4 under. First-round leader Danielle Ammaccapane shot 74 to drop into a three-way tie for third.