FRENCH LICK, Ind. – Defending champion Juli Inkster shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday for a share of the first-round lead in The Legends Championship with Becky Iverson and Trish Johnson.
After losing a ball and making a bogey on the 14th, the 56-year-old Inkster made an 18-foot birdie putt on the 15th and a 4-footer on 18.
"I made a good bogey there, and that was key," the Hall of Famer said. "It kept my round together."
Teeing off on both Nos. 1 and 10, the players were able to finish before an afternoon storm hit the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.
"We got incredibly lucky," said Johnson, second last year. "I thought we were going to get annihilated when we started hearing the storm on the 12th tee. Then it stopped. We got away with murder."
Rosie Jones and Michele Redman were a stroke back, and Hall of Famers Laura Davies and Patty Sheehan were at 70 along with Wendy Doolan and Dana Dormann.
In the seven-player Honors Division for players 63 and older, defending champion Jan Stephenson shot a 74 to take a three-stroke lead over Shelley Hamlin.
"This golf course does fit me," Stephenson said. "I love the trophy. I love winning playing against the girls I grew up playing with. I've got no shot against the others, but I know I can shoot low out here."