Alison Walshe put herself in prime position at the Marathon Classic for her first LPGA Tour victory.
But, as the name of the tournament implies, the race has just begun.
Walshe shot a 6-under-par 65, her best score in her four years on the LPGA Tour, to take a one-stroke lead Thursday in the opening round of the tournament formerly known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic at Sylvania, Ohio.
Also daunting is the who’s who of stars on her heels. Paula Creamer, who won the tournament five years ago, and top-ranked Inbee Park, winner of the year’s first three major championships, were within two shots. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.