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GOLF: Jiyai Shin starts strong at suspended Kingsmill event

AFP, WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia

Jiyai Shin reacts after making her birdie on the eighth hole during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia, on Thursady.

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South Korea’s Jiyai Shin shot a sizzling nine-under 62 on Thursday to take the lead in the first round of the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship before it was suspended at dark.

The 24-year-old Shin had to contend with a two-hour weather delay and was two shots ahead of the field when organizers called play because of darkness with 33 players still on the course.

“When I started this morning, it was a little windy. I just kept focused on safe play, but when I made a birdie on the first couple holes, I said, ‘Okay, I feel good today, so let’s play a little bit aggressive,’” Shin said.

Dewi Claire Schreefel of the Netherlands posted an eagle on the par-five seventh hole to reach seven-under after 16 holes before play was halted.

Four players were at six-under 65, and four more were at 66.

Paula Creamer was among those who shot a 65 and was joined in third place by Maria Hjorth, Azahara Munoz and Beatriz Recari.

Shin is chasing her first victory since the 2010 season, when she captured two events.

Taiwan’s Candie Kung carded a three-under 68, while her compatriot Lin Tzu-chi trailed far behind at five-over-par.

Their countrywoman Amy Hung was at two-over on the 14th hole when play was suspended.

Additional reporting by Staff writer

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