Edina, Minn.-----Former San Jose State University women’s golf star Pat Hurst posted her best score in a women’s professional major championship, a six-under par 67, for a share of the first-round lead at the 63rd U.S. Women’s Open.
Hurst, who won the 1989 NCAA Championship title as a sophomore and simultaneously keyed the Spartans’ second NCAA team championship that same year, had six birdies, an eagle and two bogeys on the par 73, Interlachen Country Club course in suburban Minneapolis. Playing the back nine holes first, she survived her two bogeys on #13 and #14 by playing her next seven holes six under par. Her eagle on #2 and birdie on #3 capped her sterling run to the top of the leaderboard.
Her previous best 18-hole score in a women’s professional major championship was a 69 according to the Associated Press.
Hurst, now in her 13th year on the LPGA Tour, is tied with Ji Young Oh of South Korea, who turns 20-years-old on July 3. Thirty-two of the 156 players were under par in round one of the 72-hole championship.
Three Spartans are competing for the championship. Janice Moodie, a four-time All-American in the 1990’s is tied for 110th with a 78. Two-time U.S. Open champion and LPGA Hall of Fame member Juli Inkster, playing in the same threesome with Hurst, is tied for 48th place after posting a 74.
After the June 27 second round, the field will be trimmed to the top-60 players or those within 10 strokes of the leader, whichever is greater.
Live scoring is available at www.uswomensopen.com.