For a second straight week, Nuria Iturrios (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) is off to a strong start. She looks down on the rest of the 144-player field in Opelika, Ala. after a bogey-free, 8-under par 64 in the opening round of the Zimmer Biomet Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez.
After 18 holes at River Run Country Club last Wednesday in the Symetra Classic, the 23-year-old Spaniard also held a one-stroke advantage going into the second round only at 6-under par.
“The thing is I’m playing good, hitting good shots and the putter was so good,” said Iturrios, who recorded 24 putts today. “I made almost everything and am happy to be here. I like the course and I’m in a good time. I’m playing hole-by-hole, shot-by-shot and my caddy is doing a really good job. Let’s keep going on that because I just want to play well and go to the LPGA.”
Following the leader by a shot is Bailey Tardy at -7, recorded a career-best round.
“I’ve been struggling a little bit on the golf course and to be able to not only play well but do so at a big tournament, it means a lot,” Tardy said. “Now that I’m done with school I can focus on golf, go home and relax instead of trying to catch up on schoolwork or take quizzes online. It’s nice to clear my head.”