Paula Reto opened the LPGA Tour’s Cognizant Founders Cup at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, New Jersey on Thursday with a level-par 71 to be in a share of 56th when play was suspended for darkness after an earlier fog delay.
The South African who has been having a very good run on the LPGA Tour recently, had a tough start with three bogeys on her front nine, but she got well into the swing of things on her homeward nine, with birdies on 12, 13 and 16 bringing her back to level-par, eight shots off the hot pace set by South Korea’s Ji Young Ko, who had a three-stroke lead over Germany’s Sandra Gal. Canada’s Brooke Henderson and world number one Nelly Korda were amongst those another shot back on four-under.
Ash;leigh Buhai was one of 30 players who were still on the course when play was suspended. She started her round on the 10th, and made three bogeys and two birdies on her opening nine. She had made one birdie and a bogey by the time she had reached the fifth, and had to complete four more holes of her first round.