Judy Dickinson, a two-time LPGA Tour winner, shot a 3-under par 69 Thur
SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) _ Judy Dickinson, a two-time LPGA Tour winner, shot a 3-under par 69 Thursday to take the early first round lead in the $300,000 Mazda Hall of Fame Championships at Sweetwater Country Club.
Temperatures in the low 90s and humidity of 58 percent hampered play over the par 72, 6,472-yard LPGA headquarters course.
Bonnie Lauer withdrew after playing eight holes suffering from dehydration, tournament officials said.
Pat Bradley, the leading money winner on the Tour this year, made the turn at one-over par 37.
Dickinson, who won the Rochester International tournament this year, made the turn at one over par with a bogie on No. 4 but she ran in four birdies starting with a 30-foot birdie putt at No. 10.
She birdied the par 5 No. 11 hole with a three-foot putt and added birdies on Nos. 13 and 18 with a pair of 20-foot putts.
Amy Alcott, who challenged for last year’s title before losing to Nancy Lopez, shot a 2-under par 70, overcoming back-to-back bogies on Nos. 16 and 17.
Alcott three putted each hole but rallied on the front nine with three birdies.
Lopez is on maternity leave after giving birth to her second daughter on May 26.
The tournament is being played for the second year over the LPGA’s headquarters course. First prize is worth $45,000.