Anna Nordqvist, of Sweden, waves before hitting from the first tee of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the first round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic golf tournament Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Daly City, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Eric Risberg
June 03, 2016

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Anna Nordqvist and Stacy Lewis know their way around the Donald Ross-designed Bay Course at Stockton Seaview.

Nordqvist opened her ShopRite LPGA Classic title defense with a 7-under 64 on Friday for a share of the lead with Ai Miyazato and Paula Reto. Lewis, the tournament winner in 2012 and 2014, had a 66.

Nordqvist bogeyed Nos. 11 and 12, the second and third holes of her round, then birdied nine of the last 12 holes. The Swede twice made four straight birdies - on Nos. 16-1 and 6-9.

Japan's Haru Nomura, a two-time winner this year, was a stroke back along with Casey Grice and Catriona Matthew.

Lewis had five birdies in a bogey-free round to join Beatriz Recari, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Christel Boeljon, Katherine Kirk, Stephanie Meadow and Amelia Lewis at 66.

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