Shin weathers storm to lead Kingsmill

South Korean Jiyai Shin held the lead of the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship as the first round was hit by inclement weather in Virginia.

Shin weathers storm to lead Kingsmill

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Jiyai Shin of South Korea hits her tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Kingsmill Championship (AFP)

After a two-hour delay to play in Williamsburg, Shin completed her opening round with a nine-under 62 to lead the way.

Thirty-three players were still on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort & Spa when darkness forced organisers to suspend play for the day.

Shin had done enough to open up a two-shot lead over Dewi Claire Schreefel of the Netherlands, who was at seven-under 64 when play was halted.

"My plan was no bogey. The rain helped make the greens softer, so I hit more aggressive on the back nine, too," Shin said.

Paula Creamer, Maria Hjorth, Azahara Munoz and Beatriz Recar were at six-under 65 and tied for third place.

Four more players were at 66.

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