GALLOWAY, N.J., June 28 (UPI) -- Kate Golden fired a 7-under-par 64 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Winless since recording the lone victory of her 10-year career at the State Farm Classic last September, Golden collected eight birdies and a bogey at the Marriott Seaview Resort.
The second-best round of her career came three days after she worked on her swing.
"I felt stuck," the 35-year-old Texan said. "I was taking the club outside, so I put some clubs down while hitting balls and got lined up right. It was uncomfortable for the first 20 swings.
"But eventually I got comfortable. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't."
It worked Friday as Golden made three 20-foot putts for birdie and five more inside 10 feet.
"I feel really good," she said. "Actually, I haven't been really hitting it that great, but I figured out a couple things Wednesday and it all came together today. I'm quite happy."
Two-time former champion Juli Inkster shot a 6-under 65 just four days after her 42nd birthday. She was tied for second with Canada's Lorie Kane, who was runner-up here last year.
Defending champion Betsy King had a solid start as she seeks her fourth victory in this event outside Atlantic City. The 46-year-old Hall of Famer shot a 3-under 68 as she tries to become the oldest winner in LPGA Tour history.
Also opening with a 68 was Swedish superstar Annika Sorenstam, the LPGA money-leader who is bidding for her sixth win of the season.