Burnham Leads After Opening Round of 2020 Michigan PGA Women’s Open
THOMPSONVILLE – LPGA Tour professional Sarah Burnham carded a 7-under 65 for a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the 2020 Michigan PGA Women’s Open at the Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Monday.
A Michigan State graduate and former two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, Burnham recorded eight birdies and one bogey and leads Alexandra White and Nishtha Madan by two and three stokes respectively.
Burnham already has three mini-tour tournament wins to her credit this year on the Eggland’s Best Golf Tour and Cactus Tour.
“I was just playing consistent,” Burnham said of Monday’s round. “I had a lot of wedges in so I was able to make the putts. The greens are so pure and I just have fun with it. I feel like I’m hitting pretty well. I feel like I’m playing pretty consistent golf. So we’ll see what happens the next couple of days hold.”
Symetra Tour professional and 2018 Michigan Women’s Open winner Elizabeth Nagel of DeWitt is tied for sixth after shooting a 2-under 70. Nagel was one of six golfers to shoot a 70 on Monday.
Reigning champion, Traverse City West graduate and current University of Michigan sophomore Anika Dy is tied for 18th at an even-par 72.
“The tournament was definitely different, preparation more mental, I had to prepare for this,” Dy said. “I try not to think of the pressure wanted to go out there and play my game. I was a little more anxious for this but I think I handled it pretty well and I’m glad to be back in that position because that means I’m up there and I’m doing something right. I enjoy the pressure though.”
Traverse City’s Hunter Kehoe and Empire’s Nichole Cox are tied for 29th at 2-over 74. Traverse City’s Emlin Munch is tied for 53rd at 7-over 79 while fellow Traverse City native Katherine Hopkins is in 77th at 20-over 92.
Second-round action tees off at 8 a.m. Tuesday.