Denver, CO: University of Oklahoma graduate Kendall Dye of Phoenix took advantage of ideal morning conditions firing a 6-under par 66 and holds the clubhouse lead in the $73,000 HealthONE Colorado Women’s Open at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club.
Dye posted a flawless card which included six birdies, 3 on each side, and holds a one-stroke lead over Natalie Sheary of West Hartford, CT. Sheary and nearly the entire afternoon wave of players were still on the course when play was suspended due to darkness following a rain delay from a storm which hovered over the Denver International Airport for 2 ½ hours.
In third place just two strokes behind the leader are Anya Alvarez of Tulsa, OK and Madeleine Shiels of Boise, ID. Tied for fifth place another stroke back at 3-under 69 are five players including three Colorado collegiate alumni–Stefanie Ferguson of Colorado State, Emily Talley of University of Colorado and Dawn Shockley of University of Denver. This year’s field has proven to be the best in tournament history, as 32 players are currently at even par 72 or better.
In the pro-am competition, Dye and her partner Tim D’Angelo of Denver are at 10-under 62 and hold a one stroke lead over two teams–Ashli Bunch of Morristown, TN and Dick Myers of Greenwood Village, CO and Jessi Gebhardt of Bellingham, WA and David Green of Englewood, CO.
First round play will resume Thursday morning at 8am and the second round will start two hours later than scheduled. A cut to the low 40% and ties for both the championship and pro-am will made after round two with the final round being held on Friday.
Complete first round standings follow and can be found, along with live scoring, online by visiting www.ColoradoOpen.com. Admission and parking are free to the public wishing to attend the event, or you can also follow live scoring by downloading the Colorado Open app on your smartphone. Be sure to friend us on Facebook for tournament updates and photos.