Hurst said she was feeling good about being back at this course and proved it Thursday. Playing partners Nancy Scranton and Nancy Lopez watched as the defending champion recorded birdies on three par-4s and the 491yard par-5 sixth on the front side.
Hurst made four more birdies on the back nine to finish on top of the leaderboard. The California native played bogey-free, tying her career-low round of 64 - which she recorded during the first round of the Oldsmobile Classic. Her opening round performance is notably amazing considering she is playing with a new caddie this week. Patrick Turley, a teaching pro from New York, is that man.
Patrick was great today, Hurst said of her new caddie. Last week I had a different caddie, and its a matter of getting comfortable with your caddie, then its a lot easier.
Earlier in the week Hurst said the reason for the change had nothing to do with former caddie Dan Wilson who has been a professional caddie for 19-years out on Tour. I just felt I needed change. I needed to change and I did not know where to start that change process.
Wilson was on Hursts bag for just over a year. It is hard and I had a good relationship with Dan and I am not sure that it was the right decision but time will only tell if I made the right decision.
Pat Hurst is not the only player with a new caddy on her bag. Sherri Turner, a member of the LGPA Tour since 1984, is playing with a new caddie this week as well. I think its funny that I shot low today because I just changed caddies this week, Turner said. Becky Iverson and I changed caddies. We switched for the week.
Turner has not won an event since 1989 at the Orix Hawaiian Ladies Open where she captured her third career victory. But Thursday Turner shot 7-under-par firmly rooting herself one shot off the lead as she begins the second round.
The veteran Tour player went on a birdie spree Thursday making consecutive birdies on Nos 5-8. She did however suffer one bogey during her round falling on the 373-yard par-4 15th. After missing the green with her wedge shot, she followed suite with a short chip shot and closed out the hole by two'putting. It was by far her most disastrous hole of the day and in retrospects the one that left her lagging behind the leader.
Catriona Matthew, Jill McGill and Mhairi McKay all finished tied for third with rounds of 6-under-par 66.