Rookie catches lightning
Rookie Sandra Changkija birdied six of her final eight holes for a career-best 8-under-par 63 and a three-stroke lead Thursday during the suspended first round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario.
Play was suspended at 4:20 p.m. because of the threat of lightning and called for the day at 6:30 p.m. Seventy-two players were unable to finish the round.
“My ball striking’s been good, you know, for most every tournament I’ve played in,’’ said Changkija, who has made only two cuts and earned $6,708 this season.
China’s Shanshan Feng, coming off a major victory two weeks ago in the LPGA Championship, shot a 66.
Michelle Wie, trying to break out of a season-long slump, opened with a 70, breaking par for only the second time in 19 rounds this year.
European - Marcus Fraser shot an 8-under 64 to grab a share of the lead with Fabrizio Zanotti after the opening round of the BMW International Open in Pulheim, Germany.
John Daly rewarded one of the biggest galleries on the course with a 4-under 68.
Women’s Public Links - Ashlan Ramsey parred the par-5 18th hole to beat Jennifer Yang, 1 up, to advance to the quarterfinals in Neshanic Station, N.J.
The 16-year-old Ramsey, from Milledgeville, Ga., will face Grace Na on Friday morning in the quarterfinals. Na advanced with a 5-and-3 victory over Kristine Odaiyar.
Shrewsbury’s Brittany Altomare won her morning match over UCLA’s Tiffany Lua, 3 and 2, before falling in the afternoon to Annie Park, 2 and 1.
Nationwide - Casey Wittenberg had six birdies and an eagle in shooting an 8-under 63 for a two-stroke lead over Kevin Johnson and Jason Gore in the first round of the Wichita Open.