Carter closes strong to finish first round in Bahamas


PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Dori Carter navigated heavy winds brilliantly Friday morning, finishing up the suspended first round of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic to get into early contention at the Ocean Club Golf Course.

Carter chipped in for eagle with her first shot upon resuming play at the 11th hole. She played her final eight holes of the suspended round in 4 under to close out a 5-under-par 68, leaving her one shot behind Brooke Pancake in a tie for second with Inbee Park, Brittany Lincicome, Natalie Gulbis and Mirim Lee. Winds gusted up to 35 mph on the most exposed ocean holes.

“It’s tough out there, but if you hit the ball solid you can keep it in play,” Carter said.

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Carter, a fifth-year LPGA member, is coming off her best year with two top-10 finishes in 2014, helping her to 70th on the season-ending money list. She’s a University of Mississippi graduate from Georgia.

“I’m going to play the best I can and see if I can take advantage of being in the hunt, getting experience feeling and controlling nerves.

“This is fun. This is what you play for.”

Kelly Shon, an LPGA rookie making her first start, came back Friday morning and closed out a 69, leaving her just two shots off the lead.

The second round’s start was pushed back to 10:45 a.m. The final tee times aren’t scheduled to go off until 4:35 p.m. The second round will be completed Saturday morning. The third round will begin Saturday after the second round concludes, the cut is made to the low 70 scores and ties.