Michigan Women's Amateur Underway

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Julie Massa and Stephanie Mory both shot par-72 Monday to share the lead after the first day of stroke play in the 92nd Michigan Women's Amateur at Walnut Hills.
Jennifer Domagalski of Okemos, Stephany Fleet of DeWitt and Shanna Page of Jackson each shot 73 to share third place. Shasta Averyhardt of Flint and Kristina Langton of Ada were next at 74.
"I started the day with a birdie on the first hole, which I thought was a good omen," said Massa, 44, of Holt. "Everything just felt good today, and when that happens it is fun. I just played very consistent today."
Mory, 21, of Haslett also started the day strong by carding a 33 on the front nine in her first tournament of the year. The University of Illinois graduate took the week off from her job at the Champaign Country Club to play in the Women's Amateur.
"I just came into this tournament with the idea that I wanted to have a good time," Mory said. "I felt really loose and I really had fun today out there. I think the fact that the tournament is so close to home that I can sleep in my own bed and be with my family and friends helped me to play well today."
Mory's brother Christopher, who advanced to the final 16 in last month's Michigan Amateur, was her caddie for the first day of the tournament.
"He helps me a little bit," Mory said. "It is just good to have someone with me that I can trust to bounce things off of."
Defending champion Laura Bavaird, 22, of Grosse Ile shot a 75 for the day and said the Walnut Hills greens were challenging on every hole. "They're fast and big as the moon," she said.
The second round of stroke play was to begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, with the field then cut to the low 32 players and a match play format for the final three days of the five-day event.

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