Nontaya leads the weather-struck opening round at IOA Invitational

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The first round of the second-edition of IOA Invitational on the Symetra Tour was suspended twice today at 5:02 p.m. ET and 8:19 p.m. ET, due to dangerous weather in the Milton, Ga. area. The remaining players will tee-off at 7.15 a.m. ET tomorrow.

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 Nontaya Srisawang (Chiang Mai, Thailand) looks down on the rest of the IOA Invitational field with the 18-hole outright lead at 4-under par. Her performance featured five birdies including one on No. 18 to close the round.

After the weather delay, she only had five holes to finish and pointed out that the last stretch requires her to dig a little deeper than others.

“I didn’t think about warming up, just wanted to finish the round,” Srisawang said. “I made three birdies on the par-5s and can put the ball in position that I can make birdie. Most players can reach the par-5 here, but No. 16 and 17 are really long for me. I really have to focus on those couple holes.”

Following Nontaya is American Lindsey McCurdy, who shot a 3-under 69 at Atlanta National Golf Club to be a shot behind the leader at solo-second.

“I’d say this is the most consistent and confident I’ve felt in my professional career,” said McCurdy, who recorded six birdies and three bogeys on day one. “Now that I have a year under my belt, I feel like I know how to put some good rounds together more consistently on the courses we play. It’s starting to feel like I’m where I want to be with my game, and it’s helping me get into good positions each week. I just have to let go and play golf because I know that I’ve worked hard to be in contention out here.”

Currently there are six-players tied for the third spot at 2-under 70 and seven players at 1-under 71 for a T-9 position on the board.

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