Karrie Webb and Marina Alex share lead at U.S. Women's Open

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 10, 2015 5:02 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Karrie Webb of Australia tees off the ninth hole during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at Lancaster Country Club.

(Lancaster) -- Heavy thunderstorms and strong winds have plagued round one of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Lancaster County.

The nasty weather rolled through around 6:00 p.m. yesterday and led to the postponement of play.

Fifty-six golfers were prevented from finishing their round.

Australian Karrie Webb and American Marina Alex were tied for first place after shooting a four-under 66, when opening day was called to a halt.

Alex, who's playing in only her second Open and first since 2009, was an unlikely first-round co-leader.

The 24-year-old from Wayne, New Jersey, birdied three of her last five holes -- also on the front side -- to top the early starters.

She says she kept her expectations in check.

"I was patient probably the first nine holes," she says. "It's hard to go into the Open with any expectations, so I was just going out there and know...putting my best game together.

Webb, who made four birdies on the back nine, says the course played well.

"I liked it the first time I saw it. Visually off the tee, it's a beautiful golf course. I think the course was set up great today," she says. "When we were waiting on the eighth tee, I worked out that I hit every club out of my bag today, except for my six-iron. So, when they set a course up like that (and) you use every club, it's a good set-up."

South Korea's Amy Yang was one stroke behind the leaders.

Play resumes this morning at 6:45 p.m. to finish up round one, with the start of round two to follow.

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