Modest start for Aditi Ashok in Michigan LPGA event

Aditi, who was T-45th at Shoprite LPGA Classic, had three bogeys against two birdies.

Aditi Ashok of India hits her approach shot on the first hole during the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.   -  AFP

Indian golfer Aditi Ashok had a modest start with one-over 73 at the Meijer LPGA Classic here on Friday. Aditi, who was T-45th at Shoprite LPGA Classic after two Top-10s, had three bogeys against two birdies.

Aditi was placed T-43 but as much as nine shots behind the leader, So Yeon Ryu and Kelly Shon, who were 64 each.

So Yeon Ryu, the No. 6 ranked player in the world, provided the early fireworks with an eight-under, 64 to grab the early lead on Thursday.

Towards the end of the first wave, Kelly Shon closed with an eagle on eight and a birdie on nine to match Ryu with a 64. Shon played her inward nine in 29 with five birdies and an eagle. She made seven birdies on the day.

Lizette Salas shot a 6-under, 66, while South African Lee-Anne Pace carded a 5-under, 67, as did Caroline Masson. Morgan Pressel turned in a 4-under, 68. Defending champion Brooke Henderson opened with a 3-under, 69.