Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golf: Johnson, Flanagan Lead Vic Open in LPGA-European Tour Event

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golf: Johnson, Flanagan Lead Vic Open in LPGA-European Tour Event

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Felicity Johnson made a late move up the leaderboard Thursday at the LPGA's Vic Open to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round in Barwon Heads, Australia.

The Englishwoman shot an 8-under 65 on the Creek course at the 13th Beach Golf Links, where men and women played in alternate groups in the unique format also sanctioned by the men's European Tour.

Su Oh of Australia had a hole-in-one and had held the lead for most of the day with Anne-Catherine Tanguay, both at 6 under. Kim Kaufman joined them in a tie for second with a 66.

Oh aced the 138-meter par-3 15th hole with a 6-iron. Tanguay played the par-72 Beach course and shot 66.

Minjee Lee began her title defense with a 1-under 72, while seven-time major winner Karrie Webb shot 73, both on the Creek course. Morgan Pressel was 3-under after a 70 on the Creek layout, as was Georgia Hall. …

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