The latest from Friday’s first round at the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Sara Bay Classic at Sara Bay Country Club:
Paola Moreno produces an exquisite pitch to give herself a great chance at birdie to take the lead heading into the clubhouse. But the 10-footer lips out. Moreno settles for a 2-under-par 70 to tie Finland's Emily Pentillä as first round co-leaders.
Paola Moreno's tee shot on the par-3 eighth hole led to a bogey. She short-sided herself to the right of the green and could only pitch to about 15-feet away from the cup. The par putt came up short. She’s tied for the lead at 2-under par.
Colombia's Paola Moreno thought about her tee shot on the par-3 eighth — her 17th hole — and missed the green to the left. She's 3-under par and leading the tournament for now.
It’s a three-way tie for first place. Princess Superal just made the turn at 2-under par, and Celine Boutier is 2-under through seven holes. The two are tied with Emily Penttilä, who is in the clubhouse with a 70. Also of note, Lakewood Ranch High School graduate Ericka Schneider had a famous follower during her round. Former Major League Baseball player Bobby Bonilla followed Schneider’s group. Schneider posted a 78.
Princess Superal just joined Penttilä at 2-under par. She’s through six holes, and among five players in the afternoon wave that are below par so far. The last groups teed off at 2:36 p.m.
We have a new leader. Finland’s Emily Penttilä birdied her 18th hole to break from the pack. She leads with a 2-under-par 70. Penttilä’s birdie came after a poor tee shot on the par-5 ninth hole, which served as her finishing hole on Friday. A tee shot to the right forced Pentillä to carve a big cut shot to the front of the green, from where she pitched on and drained the birdie putt.
There’s a four-way tie atop the leaderboard in Friday’s first round at Sara Bay Country Club. Nicole Sakamoto and Hannah Green are in the clubhouse with 1-under par 71s. Emily Penttilä and Erica Popson are still on the course. Penttilä is through 17, while Popson is through 15 holes.