Liz Nagel entered the U.S. Women’s Open hoping to play well enough to make it through the whole weekend.
The DeWitt native and former Michigan State golfer has put herself in a position to do just that.
Playing in her second career LPGA event, Nagel finds herself near the top of the leaderboard after the opening day of the rain-halted U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania.
Nagel shot a 2-under 68 and ended Thursday tied for sixth with Morgan Pressel and seven others. The first-year professional was two shots behind leaders Marina Alex and Karrie Webb when play was halted Thursday.
“I felt good about my game going into today, but I’m very happy with how I played and made a few key putts that helped me keep my momentum,” Nagel said is a text message to the Lansing State Journal. “This course is tough, so you have to stay patient and I think I did a good job of that.
“I’m happy about my position, but there’s a lot of golf left so I just have to stay in my bubble and keep focusing on myself.”
Nagel, who has played primarily Symetra Tour events during her debut professional season, birdied four holes Thursday.
“I felt very comfortable and gave myself a lot of opportunities,” Nagel said. “I was so glad to have my dad on the bag. We made a great team.”
Michigan State golfer Sarah Burnham also competed Thursday and was among the 55 golfers who didn’t complete the first round. Burnham, who is heading into her sophomore year at MSU, was 8-over par when play was called. The remainder of the opening round is scheduled to resume at 6:45 a.m. Friday.
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