Very impressive 67 shot by Danielle Kang today. It was 13 strokes better than the course average of 80.4. That number is quite shocking, but even more startling is the fact that several high-profile golfers struggled on Monday. Victoria Tanco of Argentina, considered by some to be a pre-championship favorite shot an 80. Tanco has qualified for the last three U.S. Women's Opens and is a past American Junior Golf Association Player of the Year.
Alison Lee, a two-time Women's Open qualifier, shot 79. Doris Chen, a semifinalist in 2009, shot 79. Alejandra Congrejo, another semifinalist from last year, carded a 77. Daniela Lendl had an 82. Tiffany Lim, one of two 2010 U.S. Girls' Junior participants to make the cut at the Women's Open two weeks ago, shot a 78. Erynne Lee, a 2008 Women's Amateur semifinalist, also shot 78.
Of course, it's only one round and you can bet some of those girls to rebound on Tuesday. But it adds plenty of pressure because there's not much wiggle room for error.
We also had some surprising rounds in the positive direction, especially the career-best 70 from 12-year-old Megan Khang from Massachusetts, who shot 86-91 in the 2009 Girls' Junior. Khang had the only eagle of the day when she holed out from 45 yards at the par-5 18th hole. A little luck never hurts.
But the best thing that happened on Monday was we never heard the horns blow. That meant golf took place all day without a single delay for weather.
Let's hope we can dodge thunderstorms again on Tuesday.