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Moodie leads after 1st Round of Navistar LPGA Classic

Moodie fires career-low for 18-hole lead.  The third edition of the Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV has 18 holes in the books.  For most of the day, 14-year-old amateur Alexis Thompson (34-31) led the field after her career-low 7-under-par 65.  However, with Thompson in the clubhouse, Scotland's 36-year-old Janice Moodie started her day and, also, made it a career-low round with her 8-under-par 64 (34-30).

            Thompson's only bogey occurred shortly before she made the turn on hole 18, when she missed a seven-foot putt, but she found five birdies on holes two through eight, making par on holes three and six.  Moodie capitalized on a strong driver and memories of a longer, wetter course earlier in the week to go bogey-free during Thursday's first round, including six birdies in her closing seven holes and a streak of four consecutive birdies on her four closing holes.  Moodie, a member of the 2009 European Solheim Cup Team, is a two-time LPGA Tour winner.  Thompson's best finish as an amateur on the LPGA this year was a tie for 21st at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

            A total of 143 players teed up on Thursday in the hunt for the $195,000 winner's check - part of the $1.3 million purse.

Low amateur rounds in LPGA events, 1990-2009

64 -     Erica Blasberg, second round, 2003 Welch's/Fry's Championship (T49)

            Paula Creamer, second round, 2004 ShopRite LPGA Classic (T2)

65 -     Stacy Lewis, 2007 NW Arkansas LPGA Championship (rain-shortened to 18 holes)

            Louise Stahle, second round, 2005 Weetabix Women's British Open (T8)

            Alexis Thompson, first round, 2009 Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV

  

Pressel cards hole-in-one.  Two-time LPGA Tour winner Morgan Pressel carded her third LPGA career hole-in-one in four seasons on Tour.  During the opening round of the 2009 Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV, Pressel (34-35) aced her second hole of the day from 154 yards with a 6-iron. It was the 21st hole-in-one during the LPGA Tour's 2009 campaign, fourth in tournament history and the third time in as many years that someone has made a hole-in-one on the second hole of The Senator Course at Capitol Hill on the RTJ Golf Trail.  In 2007, Virada Nirapathpongporn used a 5-iron from 176 yards and, in 2008, it was breast cancer survivor Wendy Doolan with a 9-iron from 153 yards. 

            Pressel finished the day tied for 26th at 3-under-par 69.

Trio tied for third.  Defending champion and Rolex Rankings' number one Lorena Ochoa is among a three-some tied for third at 6-under-par 66 at the Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV in Prattville, Ala.  Ochoa, fresh off a runner-up finish a week ago and playing on a course where she's never finished lower than third, was bogey-free during the opening round where she had matching nine-hole 33s. 

            Bogey-free until her final hole was rookie Michelle Wie (32-34), who carded her fifth eagle of the year on The Senator Course's fifth hole - her back nine - after four birdies on the front nine.  Wie found another birdie on the eighth hole, but missed a 15-foot putt on the closing hole to drop to 6-under-par.

            Another strong performance was carded later in the afternoon by France's Karine Icher (33-33), whose only bogey came on the par-4, third hole - also her back nine.  She was steady to open her round, then found birdies on holes 14, 15 and 18 to make the turn.  Holes two through four were birdie-bogey-birdie until closing birdies on holes six and eight.  Besides her tournament-opening 64 at the LPGA Corning Classic this year - where she tied for ninth - today's 66 was a season-low. 

Passionately Pink Friday.  The LPGA is teaming up with the Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV on Friday to celebrate October as Breast Cancer Awareness month with many players and staff members wearing pink.  The tournament will also be offering specials to benefit the Susan G. Komen For The Cure, which is the official national charity of the LPGA.  Stay tuned to tournament coverage on the Golf Channel, as well as LPGA.com for more information and features.  LPGA Tour member Wendy Doolan is competing in her second tournament back this season after undergoing treatment for breast cancer this summer.

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