Solid start for Meadow but Maguire ten shots back in LA

Ronan MacNamara

Stephanie Meadow (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Stephanie Meadow carded ten successive pars as she opened up her JM Eagle LA Championship presented by Plastpro with a one-under 70.

However, there is more cut trouble for Leona Maguire who finds herself on three-over and ten shots off the lead after a 74.

Meadow who narrowly missed the cut at the Chevron Championship last week carded birdies on the second and eighth holes with her only blemish coming on the par-3 4th.


The Jordanstown native is six shots off the lead and one shot above the cut mark in 33rd.

Maguire is three shots outside the cut after a pair of double bogeys derailed her opening round.

A five at the par-3 7th and a seven at the par-5 15th has left the Cavan native with plenty to do to stick around for the weekend.

The world number 15 didn’t card a par in her last four holes, replying to her seven with a brace of birdies and a closing bogey.

Sweden’s Linnea Johansson leads by one from Minjee Lee and Gemma Dryburgh on seven-under after a sublime 64.

Johansson was one of just five players to card a bogey free round.

Johansson had a bogey-free round, one of just five in the first round.

“Obviously a great day, great round,” said Johansson, who had a morning tee time. “Played fearless golf today and really went after a lot of pins and managed to hit them very close and roll in the putts. I actually managed to roll in the longer ones more than the shorter ones. It was just a great day.”

Lee, the sister of Minwoo is feeling the home comforts despite being from Australia.

“I think it kind of reminds me a little bit of home, just the look of the bunkers and just how they’re situated on each hole,” Lee said. “Yeah, it just kind of gives me good vibes. I started pretty, just with pars, and then made three birdies in a row. That was nice to finish off my front nine. Then a couple more on the back nine. It was a nice, solid day.”

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