Stacy and Wei-Ling set the pace

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ANN ARBOR: Stacy Lewis shot a seven-un­der 65 to take a share of the first-round lead with Tai­wan’s Hsu Wei-Ling in the Volvik Cham­pi­onship on Thurs­day in Ann Arbor, Michi­gan.

Stacy, play­ing her first com­pet­i­tive round at Travis Pointe Coun­try Club, fin­ished with a birdie for the early lead. Wei-Ling caught her in the af­ter­noon, and they both sat one stroke ahead of Nelly Korda.

Brit­tany Lin­ci­come, South Korea’s Lee Il­hee and Park Sung Hyun, Nor­way’s Suzann Pet­tersen and Aus­tralia’s Sarah Jane Smith were tied for fourth at 67.

“It’s a ball-striker’s golf course, and if you can hit the greens, they’re pretty small to be­gin with, you can make some putts,” said Stacy, who made an ea­gle at the 14th.

“That’s what I did a lot of to­day was hit a lot of good shots and then made some good putts as well.”

Stacy, a for­mer num­ber one and two-time ma­jor cham­pion, has three top-10 fin­ishes in 2017 but has not won an event since 2014.

Wei-Ling started with two ea­gles and two birdies.

“It was re­ally great start­ing. I mean, very first hole, I don’t think too much on that hole,” Wei-Ling said.

“I think I got 155 (yards out) and a lit­tle down­wind. I had my seven iron and I just hit it right at the pin. I (didn’t) see very well, I just hear my mom and gallery on the side, they all just cheer­ing.”

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