Ci­ganda, Smith tied

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

Car­lota Ci­ganda birdied three of the last six holes for a 5-un­der 67 and a share of the lead with Sarah Jane Smith in the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa In­vi­ta­tional.

Ci­ganda had a bo­gey-free open­ing round at Club de Golf Mex­ico. The Spa­niard won last month in South Korea for her first LPGA Tour ti­tle.

Smith played the back nine in 5-un­der 31 after bo­gey­ing Nos. 8 and 9 to make the turn at even par. The Aus­tralian is win­less on the LPGA Tour.

Mex­i­can am­a­teur Maria Fassi, a fresh­man at the Univer­sity of Arkansas play­ing on a spon­sor in­vite, was two strokes back at 69 along with South Korea’s Chella Choi and France’s Karine Icher.

Michelle Wie opened with a 70.

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