Katherine Kirk of Australia hits from the sand onto the eighth green during the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic golf tournament at Blythefield Country Club, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Belmont, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Carlos Osorio
July 23, 2015

BELMONT, Mich. (AP) Lizette Salas, Katherine Kirk and Dori Carter shared the first-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic at 7-under 64 on Thursday at Blythefield Country Club.

Jaye Marie Green and rookie Wei-Ling Hsu were a shot back in the second-year tournament.

Michigan-born Kris Tamulis was at 66 along with Q Baek, Ilhee Lee and Jane Rah.

Top-ranked Inbee Park, who lost to Miram Lee in a playoff last year, had three front-nine bogeys in a 70. Chella Choi, the Marathon Classic winner Sunday in Sylvania, Ohio, opened with a 71.

Salas, Kirk, Carter and Green played in the morning in little wind and perfect scoring conditions. Hsu had the best round in the afternoon after the wind kicked up. Park and Choi also played in the afternoon.

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