McPherson Shoots 2-Over in Meijer LPGA Classic First Round
 
 
 
Lindsey McPherson putts on Thursday during the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club (photo by Rey Del Rio).
 
Lindsey McPherson putts on Thursday during the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club (photo by Rey Del Rio).
 
 
Aug. 7, 2014

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Michigan State rising senior women's golfer Lindsey McPherson shot a 2-over-par 73 (36-37) in the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic Thursday at Blythefield Country Club. McPherson received a sponsor exemption from Meijer to play in the professional tournament.

The Flushing, Michigan, native is tied for 75th on the leaderboard - but is just one shot back of the projected cut (top 70). The field features 143 players.

Starting on the back nine, McPherson recorded two early birdies to stand at 2-under through her first three holes. She closed the back nine with a 1-over 36.

Making the turn and finishing on the front nine, McPherson started strong with a birdie on the par-5 No. 1 hole. She bogeyed holes No. 2 and No. 7, but recorded par on holes 3-6 and 8-9 to close at 2-over 73 on the par-71 course.

"I thought I played pretty solid today," said McPherson. "I thought I played better than what my score showed, but I thought I played really solid for being as nervous as I was today.

"I think the nerves stayed pretty much all day long, but I think what really helped is having my dad (Greg) there with me, so I tried to stick with him. A lot of players like to walk up in front of their caddie, but I like to walk with my dad. He reminds me of not golf, he reminds me of my dog that we brought with us, he's a hoot.

"So just kind of taking my mind off of golf for a while while we were out there, it really helped me focus. Just figuring out the numbers with him instead of using a range finder like you do in a regular tournament, figuring out the numbers, doing the math with him really just kind of helped me get away until I had to focus on my shot."

 

 

The second round of the Meijer LPGA Classic is set for Friday; follow live at LPGAScoring.com. McPherson will tee off at 1:38 p.m.