August 05, 2022

Three Take the Lead at Florida Women’s Open

What Happened

Three players sit at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the Florida Women’s Open & Senior Open Championship. Elle Johnson and Elizbeth Moon took a share of the lead in the Open Division with a 3-under 68, while Tammie Green holds the lead in the Senior Division at 1-under 71. 

In total, 156 players teed it up on Friday at Heritage Oak Golf & Country Club and Sarasota National Golf Club.

Johnson got the day started with a bogey-free front side, carding back-to-back birdies on the eighth and ninth. The 2022 Women’s Amateur Stroke Play championship rattled off three more birdies on Nos. 14-16 to post a 3-under 68.

Jean Rynolds and Mariel Galdiano sit in a tie for third at 2-under 69.

Green got the day started at Sarasota National with an even-par front side, carding two birdies. She added a birdie on her bogey-free back nine to finish the day at the top of leaderboard at 1-under 71. Jackie Gallagher-Smith sits in second at even-par 72, while four players are tied for third at 2-over 74, including the 2017 Senior Open champion, Barb Bunkowsky. 

What’s Next

The second round of the Florida Women’s Open and Senior Open Championship will begin Saturday with a cut to low 48 and ties in the Open Division and low 15 and tied in the Senior Division following the second round.

Notable

  • Seventy-eight players teed it up at Heritage Oaks in the first round, while 78 players teed it up at Sarasota National.
  • Eight players finished the day under par in the Open Division, while Green was the lone player in the Senior Division.
  • Brianna Castaldi, the 2022 Girls’ Junior champion, posted a 1-under 70 in the first round to sit in a tie for fifth.
  • Casey Sommer had an ace on the seventh hole during the first round at Heritage Oaks.

Quotable

“It was a slow start, I was just parring every hole. I birdied eight and nine, which helped get it going. After two bogeys on the back nine, I birdied three-straight which was a great way to end the day.” – Johnson on her first-round 68

“On my second nine, my ball striking got better and I started dropping some putts. I was able to create more opportunities and execute on them.” – Moon on her first-round 68

“I’m looking to do the same thing tomorrow at Sarasota National – make a lot, go as low as possible and just have a lot of fun.” – Galdiano on her mindset heading into the second round

Round 1 Results | Round 2 Pairings | Hole-By-Hole Scoring


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