Plasencia Jumps Out To Early Lead

LANCASTER, Pa. – Current University of Arkansas women’s golfers Regina Plasencia and Gabriela Lopez and former Razorback Stacy Lewis were solid in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open in Lancaster, Pa., Thursday.

Plasencia had the afternoon tee time and blasted out of the gates, leading the field at one point during her round.  The Guadalajara native opened with a birdie and went on to birdie four of her first seven holes moving to four-under and taking a share of the lead.

The senior-to-be ran into some trouble on the eighth hole with a double followed by a bogey to turn at one-under.  Plasencia added a bogey on the 10th hole before regrouping to par the 11th and 12th holes.  She found herself in a tie for 18th when play was suspended at Lancaster Country Club due to dangerous weather conditions.

Play is scheduled to resume at 6:45 a.m. with round two starting at 7:15 a.m.

Lopez put together a solid round that saw her tied for 32nd overall when she came off the golf course around 11:30 a.m. central Thursday.  She was tied for 62nd overall when play was suspended.

The Mexico City native opened with six consecutive par holes before a slight hiccup with back-to-back bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes.

Lopez went on to finish with 10 consecutive par holes shooting a two-over 72 in the first round.

#ProHogs Stacy Lewis had an interesting front nine.  The Woodlands, Texas, native was two-over on the front side after opening with a bogey to start her round.  She moved back to even with a birdie on the second hole and repeated going bogey-birdie on the fourth and fifth holes of the round.

Lewis bogeyed the eighth and ninth holes turning plus two.  The LPGA veteran settled in after the turn with three consecutive par holes before a great birdied putt on the par-5 13th hole.  She added birdies on the 14th and 16th holes moving to one-under at that point.

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