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Blasberg leads the Corning Classic

May 22, 2008 at 7:57 PM

CORNING, N.Y., May 22 (UPI) -- Erica Blasberg shot a career-best 7-under-par 65 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after one round at the LPGA Corning Classic in Corning, N.Y.

Blasberg holed a key birdie putt at the par-4 17th and a closing par gave the four-year tour veteran a chance to become the 30th winner in the tournament's 30-year run.

"I was a little worried (Thursday) morning when it was about 38 degrees with wind and rain," Blasberg said. "But it was so nice having the practice rounds in the same conditions because I practiced with a lot more rain gear on than I had on today."

The University of Arizona product has an overnight lead over Na On Min and Karine Icher, who share second place at 5-under 67.

Sherri Turner, Na Yeon Choi, Sandra Gal and Jimin Kang are tied for fourth at 4-under 66.

Defending champion Young Kim shot 2-over 74 and is tied for 82nd place.

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