Veronica Felibert posted a 7-birdie 65 in the 1st round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship today, taking a 2-shot lead on Mi Jung Hur. Inbee Park, who opened with a 31 on the front, has slipped back to -4, also 2 shots behind Felibert, with 2 holes left to play in her round. Like Sandra Changkija last week in Waterloo, Felibert, a Venezuela native and 2008 USC graduate, is holding up the flag for the 2012 LPGA rookie class. Even more surprisingly, this was the 1st round on the LPGA in her professional career. Felibert's previous low round as a professional was a 67 at the 2011 Teva Championship. Although she made the top 25 on the Futures Tour money list last year, she hasn't made the cut in 2 starts on the Symetra Tour thus far in 2012, which makes today's round even more impressive. Congratulations, Veronica!
[Update 1 (6/30/12, 5:35 pm): Correction, Golf Channel has Felibert playing in 4 previous LPGA events this year, with 1 made cut. In my defense, her page at LPGA.com didn't have any results for her yesterday.]