WILLIAMSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Jiyai Shin of South Korea is having no trouble getting accustomed to the River Course at Kingsmill Resort.
Shin propelled herself to a two stroke lead by shooting a nine under par 71 in the first round, which marks a tournament record. Shin fired nine birdies on the day and did no bogey any holes. Dewi Claire Schreefel of The Netherlands is Shin's closest competitor after round 1, as she shot -7 on the day, highlighted by an eagle on the par five seventh hole.
Paula Creamer is the top American in the field, part of a four way tie for third at six under par 65, and Christina Kim is a stroke behind Creamer. Kim nearly hit an ace on the par three fifth hole, as her tee shot landed on the green and grazed the side of the cup on the roll.
Lexi Thompson also had a good first day. The 17 year old rookie fired a -4 and finished the day tied for eleventh place, in a pack of golfers along with Natalie Gulbis.
Richmond's Brittany Lang shot a +1 on the day and is tied for 93rd entering Friday.
Second round action tees off Friday morning at 7:45am.