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LONDON, Ont. (Golf Canada) – So Yean Ryu (pictured by Getty Images) fired a bogey-free 9-under 63 to set a course record and take the opening-round Canadian Pacific Women’s Open lead at London Hunt and Country Club.

With her opening-round 63, Ryu sets the new competitive course record at London Hunt and Country Club. The previous course record 8-under 64 was tied by Na Yeon Choi earlier on Thursday during the opening round.

Ryu’s 9-under 63 ties the lowest score relative to par at the Canadian Women’s Open previously set by Song-Hee Kim in 2009 who shot 9-under 62 at Priddis Green Golf and Country Club.

“I heard it’s the low score for the first round, so I feel really great about that,” Ryu said. “When I was warming up [today] my shots were really bad, so I had zero expectation…but I played really well, so I’m really happy with what I did.”

As a 2-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Ryu, ranked No. 9 in the world, carded nine birdies Thursday. She currently holds a one-stroke lead over Choi heading into second–round action.

Ryu has come close to winning this season, posting nine top-10 finishes. Her season best finish was a second place result at the Marathon Classic in July.

“You know, if you think about like positive way, it could be. If I think about really like negative way, I’ve fail so many times, but at the same time I’ve learned so many things, so I think this kind of things bring me to more bigger things,” Ryu continued.

Anna Nordqvist sits in solo third after a 7-under 65. Azahara Munoz, Danielle Kang, Xi Yu Lin and recent major champion Inbee Park sit three back in a tie for 4th at 6-under-par.

Two-time defending champion Lydia Ko opened with a 2-under 70 and currently sits in a tie for 34th after the opening round.

Canada’s Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont. leads the way for the Canadian contingent after posting a 5-under 67. The Team Canada Young Pro Squad member carded five birdies in her bogey-free opening round playing alongside Canadian amateur sensation Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. and Toronto’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham.

Henderson, Bentham and amateur Elizabeth Tong of Thornhill, Ont. all have a share of 34th place after 2-under 70s.

THE FOLLOWING ARE OPENING-ROUND CANADIAN SCORES FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 21st, 2014:

T8 – Jennifer Kirby, 67, -5
T34 – Elizabeth Tong (a), 70, -2
T34 – Brooke Henderson (a), 70, -2
T34 – Rebecca Lee-Bentham, 70, -2
T34 – Sara-Maude Juneau, 70, -2
T59 – Sue Kim, 71, -1
T81 – Alena Sharp, 72, E
T81 – Jennifer Ha (a), 72, E
T99 – Maude-Aimee Leblanc, 73, +1
T99 – Lorie Kane, 73, +1
T99 – Erica Rivard, 73, +1
T117 – Nicole Vandermade, 74, +2
T117 – Samatha Richadale, 74, +2
T132 – Jessica Wallace, 75, +3
T132 – Natalie Gleadall, 75 +3

Source: Golf Canada

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