KAPOLEI, Oahu (AP) - Baldwin High School graduate Shayna Miyajima shot a 6-over-par 78 on Wednesday in her LPGA Tour debut, leaving her 10 shots behind the leader, Beth Bader, after the first round of the inaugural Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club.
"I parred my first three holes, and I thought it was going to be a great day. I just somehow fell apart," Miyajima said.
Bader had a one-shot lead over top-ranked Yani Tseng, Angela Stanford, Jiyai Shin and Brittany Lang.
Miyajima had six bogeys in a seven-hole span from Nos. 4 to 10, and also bogeyed the 13th. She birdied No. 16.
"For me, it was definitely frustrating, but I don't perform well if I start feeling sorry for myself, so I tried to have fun," the 29-year-old said.
Miyajima is scheduled to tee off at 7:35 a.m. today.
LPGA Lotte Championship
Wednesday's First Round
At Ko Olina Golf Club
|Sun Young Yoo||35-35—70||-2|
|a-Hyo Joo Kim||36-35—71||-1|
|So Yeon Ryu||34-37—71||-1|
|Dewi Claire Schreefel||35-37—72||E|
"What happened today, there's nothing I can do about it," she said after hitting just four greens in regulation. "I've got to go into tomorrow with the same mindset."
Miyajima played on the Futures Tour from 2006 to 2009 and has reached the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School four times, including last year. She earned a spot at Ko Olina via a weekend qualifier.
The 38-year-old Bader, winless on the LPGA Tour and ranked 401st, birdied Nos. 5,
6 and 7 to reach 5 under, but dropped a stroke on the par-4 ninth - her final hole - with her lone bogey of the round played in gusts of 30 mph.
"It feels good," said Bader, who was making her first start of the year. "Been awhile since I've been here. Been awhile since I actually teed it up in an event. But it's good.
"I practiced hard. I played some Grasshopper Tour events in Phoenix to get ready and keep going. So it was nice to be able to transition back into target golf, because I haven't done that for a while. So, I'm very pleased."
Ayaka Kaneko posted the best score among the Hawaii golfers in the field, a 74. Michelle Wie, who has missed the cuts in her last two starts, carded two early double bogeys on the way to a 78. Stephanie Kono had a 79.