Teen Alexa cards 75 while Kirk dominates with 62
ONEIDA (Wisconsin) • American amateur Alexa Pano, 13, shot a three-over 75 on her LPGA debut at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, while defending champion Katherine Kirk seized the first-round lead with a 62.
The Australian bounced back from the worst round of her pro career - an 83 at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship - to take a one-stroke lead over South Korean Kim Sei-young on Thursday.
Career-low 61 gives Simpson one-stroke lead
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (West Virginia) • The 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson shook off a weather delay to fire a career-best 61 on Thursday, grabbing a one-shot lead over Kim Meen-whee after the first round of the US PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic.
The 32-year-old American's bogey-free round on the par-70 course included seven birdies and an eagle at the par-five 12th.
Fox off to great start at Irish Open
BALLYLIFFIN (Ireland) • New Zealand's Ryan Fox, son of All Black World Cup-winning fly-half Grant Fox, posted a five-under 67 at the Irish Open on Thursday, while pre-tournament favourite and host Rory McIlroy (70) battled to stay in touch with the first-round leader.
A seven-strong group, including Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett, shot 68.
Paddlers to speed up thaw in Korean ties
SEOUL • North Korea will play in a table tennis competition in South Korea this month, in the latest sign of warming ties between the Cold War rivals whose rapprochement owes much to sport.
North Korea, which competed in February's Winter Olympics in the South, will send a team for the Korean Open in Daejeon from July 17-22, the International Table Tennis Federation said.