Beatriz Recari is making a statement early in the 1st round of the ShopRite Classic. She's -5 through her 1st 8 holes and has birdied her last 4 in a row. As she plays the par-5 9th, she has a chance to better Amy Hung's 33 on the par-37 front side of the Bay Course. Hung, by the way, has birdied her last 3 holes in a row. Check back here for updates off and on through the morning, after I drop the Full Metal Archivist off at work and do some shopping with imoto.
[Update 1 (2:27 pm): Man, those errands took a long time and I have to pick onechan up from kindergarten now, so only enough time for a quick update. The Mostly Harmless jinx must be quite powerful since I've done so little not-quite-live-blogging this season--while Amy Hung, uh, hung on for a 67, Beatriz Recari played her last 10 birdie-free holes in +5 to settle for a 71. Instead, it wass another Spaniard who took a serious run at being leader in the clubhouse: Tania Elosegui, who's tied with none other than Natalie Gulbis and Jeong Jang at -6. But Sherri Steinhauer eagled the 9th to get her round going, then followed it up with a bogey-free 30 on the par-34 back 9 to post a 64 and take leader in the clubhouse away from them. My pick to get her 4th LPGA win of the season this week, Ai Miyazato, is only 2 off Steinhauer's pace, thanks to a bogey-free 32 on the front (her back). Whereas Ai-sama hit 16 greens, Inbee Park only hit 9, but scrambled around in 25 putts for the same score and Kris Tamulis matched it by making 8 birdies. Meanwhile, a lot of solid rounds were turned in by other notables: 68s by Grace Park, Ya Ni Tseng, Song-Hee Kim, Angela Stanford, and Amanda Blumenherst; 69s by Hee Young Park and Rachel Hetherington; 70s by Na Yeon Choi, Anna Nordqvist, Karen Stupples, Brittany Lang, Candie Kung, and Mika Miyazato. Don't know what's up with Vicky Hurst--she shot another terrible opening score, a 77. More soon.]
[Update 2 (2:52 pm): Correction, make that a 67 by Ya Ni Tseng!]
[Update 3 (3:04 pm): Ah, they fixed Seon Hwa Lee's scorecard--a bogey-free 69 for the defending champ!]
[Update 4 (5:22 pm): Oops, Na Yeon Choi also had a 69!]