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7 under 65 puts Lindberg in lead in Ohio
August 09, 2012

Pernilla Lindberg -7, Rolex Rankings No. 114
Meredith Duncan -5
Mika Miyazato -5, Rolex Rankings No. 18
Chella Choi -5, Rolex Rankings No. 52
Karine Icher -5, Rolex Rankings No. 57
Numa Gulyanamitta -5, Rolex Rankings No. 284

Putting was key for Pernilla Lindberg who shot a first-round 7-under par 65 to lead the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Presented by Kroger, Owens-Corning and O-I. Lindberg carded eight birdies and one bogey and only needed 27 putts to jump out to a two-stroke lead.

“I had a great day on the greens,” said Lindberg. “It was really my putting that was the key today. I obviously put myself in good positions to make those putts. But it felt like every putt I hit all day had a chance to go in. So even the pars I made out there, they were still good birdie chances.”

Lindberg’s confidence has steadily begin to rise and it continued last week after a tied for fourth finish at the Ladies Irish Open on the Ladies European Tour (LET).

I feel like I've been working pretty hard on my game for the last couple of months,” said Lindberg. “In June, I felt that my game was going in the right direction, but I didn't get the scores out. Then over Evian, especially the Irish Open last week, I felt more and more confident and the things that I've been working on are finally showing on the course. So it felt like I had some momentum coming into this week.”

In search of her first career LPGA Tour victory, Lindberg heads in to tomorrow’s second round with a two-stroke lead over Numa Gulyanamitta, Karine Icher, Chella Choi, Angela Stanford, Mika Miyazato, and Meredith Ducan.

The 2013 Solheim Cup might be a year away but Pernilla Lindberg already has her sights set on being a part of the European Team at Colorado Golf Club.

The Swede currently divides her time between the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour (LET) and has fared significantly better in Europe.

“I've been lining up Top 10 finishes over there (LET) which has given me the Solheim Cup points,” said Lindberg. “Of course, it's nice to see my name high on that list. I'm in second right now on the European Solheim Cup list, and that is absolutely a goal to stay up there.”

This year on the LPGA, Lindberg has missed six cuts out of the 10 events she has played and recorded a season best tied for 12th finish at the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf. On the LET, Lindberg has only missed one cut and finished in the top-10 three times.

Lindberg is currently second on the European Solheim Cup Team standings and beginning January 1, 2013 points will double which will force her to make a decision on where she will primarily devote her time.

“Coming down next year, of course, the points will be double compared to this year,” said Lindberg. “So we'll see what I have to do with the schedule next year. If I feel that I need to play a few more events over there, I might need to do that because the Solheim Cup is a big goal. But, hopefully, I can keep posting scores like this here and that will take care of it.”

Meredith Duncan has had a difficult season this year plagued by a nagging back injury which has caused her to lose quite a significant amount of yardage. This year, Duncan has failed to make a cut on the LPGA Tour and has not shot a round in the 60’s.

“I just had a lot of stuff going on,” said Duncan of her recent struggles. “Couple of disc problems, some nerve stuff going on, It's been bad for a few years. It just hasn't really gotten any better. I've had three epidurals this year. The first one really helped. The second two really haven't done much so I just try to take it easy and be productive.”

Duncan returned to the basics on Thursday to shoot a first-round 5-under par 66 at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Presented by Kroger, Owens-Corning and O-I and is in prime condition to make her first cut this season.

“I just tried to hit fairways and greens,” said Duncan of today’s round. “I'm hitting it pretty short right now, just because I'm hitting it shorter. I have a bad back. I just tried to literally hit it in the fairway and hit the middle of the green. These greens are pretty small. So unless I've got a wedge in the green, I have a hybrid, and just hit it to the middle one and see what happens.

Mika Miyazato did something she had never done before during her bogey free 5-under par first round of the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Presented by Kroger, Owens-Corning and O-I. Miyazato hit an impressive 18 greens and during her post round conference, she couldn’t contain her excitement.

“I had a good round today, bogey‑free round and a fine round and 5-under today,” said Miyazato. “Also, I’m very not surprised but 18 greens, I’ve never done that before so I'm very happy.”

Miyazato was anxious to continue her exciting day on Thursday and cheer on her home country of Japan as they took on the United States in the women’s soccer Olympic gold medal game.

“Yes, I like watching the tennis and everything,” said Miyazato of the Olympics. “I definitely want to see the soccer game today.”

Angela Stanford had a chance to sleep-in on Thursday and with a 12:15 p.m. starting time she went and shot a first-round 5-under par 66. While Stanford got off to a solid start this morning, tomorrow’s start at 8:50 a.m. could bring different results.

“For me, I'm not much of a morning person,” said Stanford. “I don't know if that's the right thing to say. I'm not a morning person, so sometimes it takes me a couple holes to wake up.”

During Friday’s bogey free round, Stanford playing alongside Chella Choi who also shot a 5-under par 66 and Hee-Won Han fired a 3-under par 68.

“I usually don't pay attention,” Stanford said about the way her playing partners are playing. “But as a whole, when a group is making a lot of birdies, it just seems like everybody's playing good. Usually that feels a lot better than everybody playing bad.”

While the LPGA Tour had a week prior to the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Presented by Kroger, Owens-Corning and O-I, Karine Icher had the rare opportunity to visit her home in France. Icher arrived late Monday to Sylvania, Ohio and while she is still suffering from jetlag, the trip was well worth it.

“Yeah, it was nice,” said Icher. “I spent a week home. We saw the family, the friends. It's important because it's only one time per year. We flew in on Monday. So we are a little bit on jetlag. But otherwise it was fun to see everybody and spend time in my country.”

One of 27 Mom’s on Tour, Icher travels with her daughter one-year-old daughter Lola and husband Fred Bonnargent who is also her caddie. While Icher makes her living as a player on the LPGA Tour and her husband as a caddie, their main priority is being parents.

“It's super nice,” said Icher. We have to be really well‑organized. But it's fun to be parents. First we are parents, then player and caddie.”

Getting used to life on the LPGA Tour can be a bit challenging for any rookie and during the first few tournament his year, Numa Gulyanamitta proved to be no different.

“It's been interesting,” said Gulyanamitta. “I've been trying to get used to the Tour and stuff, it's my first year. Don't really know where to go. First time I get to the tournament, I be like, Where am I supposed to go, where do I get my registration done? That's the first couple tournaments. Then after you've been doing that for a while, you get used to it. Now it's normal now. I can do anything like a normal LPGA player.”

If Friday’s 5-under par 65 is any indication, Gulyanamitta looks to be adjusting to life on tour just fine. Gulyanamitta made the turn at 1-under par but a chip-in on number nine propelled her to a 4-under par 33 back nine.

“Starting the back nine, I start rolling the ball good, start making putts,” said Gulyanamitta. “I hit the ball closer. I chip it in on nine. That's the start of things going good, like going up. It was kind of like an okay day, like just a normal day. I just happened to play good, made a couple putts that I need to.”

Be careful if you spot Meredith Duncan out as you could be in her next impromptu video. A self-proclaimed fan of “people watching” Duncan always had her flip-cam close by in anticipation of people doing something entertaining.

“I just like to people watch,” said Duncan. Who doesn't like to people watch? You can people watch anywhere in the world. So I happen to have my flip camera and catch people doing people‑watching things.”

During her time traveling on the LPGA Tour, Duncan has produced, filmed, and edited several videos on YouTube and she also made a cameo in Tiffany Joh’s Grip it and Rip it music video.

“You can see all kinds of things on the road, and I try to eat at local restaurants,” said Duncan. “You just see lots of really crazy things in this world. I always like to have my camera ready in case there is somebody doing something crazy, and there usually is.”

Rolex Rankings No.1 Yani Tseng shot a first-round 1-over par 72 and currently stands tied for 90th. The 2010 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Champion Na Yeon Choi opened up this year with a 1-under par 70.

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