Leona Maguire moves into contention at Shoprite Classic

Irish woman is four under par after her opening round in New Jersey

Leona Maguire is two off the lead in a tie for 11th after the first round of the Shoprite LPGA Classic in Galloway, New Jersey after recording five birdies on her way to a four under par round of 67.

Maguire is competing for the first time since her Solheim Cup heroics and she looks to be continuing in the same vein, sitting just two shots off the lead after the first of the three-round tournament.

Starting on the 10th she was level par through her first 10 holes but then put together birdies at the third, fourth, eighth and ninth to move her way up the leaderboard.

Stephanie Meadow also made a decent start with a two under round of 69. The county Antrim native recovered well from a double bogey on her first hole, and finished strongly with four birdies in her final seven holes.

South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu and England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff share the lead at six under par after first rounds of 65.

Maguire made her professional debut at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in 2018, finishing eight under and in a tie for 15th.

First round scores from the LPGA ShopRite LPGA Classic, Seaview, Bay Course, New Jersey (USA unless stated, Par 71)

65 Som-Yeon Ryu (Kor), Jodi Ewart (Eng)

66 Jin-Young Ko (Kor), Brooke Henderson (Can), Ind-Bee Park (Kor), Celine Boutier (Fra), Nanna Koerstz Madsen (Den), Amy Olson, Matilda Castren (Fin), Paula Reto (Rsa)

67 Brittany Lincicome, Caroline Masson (Ger), Ashleigh Buhai (Rsa), Cheyenne Knight, Yuka Saso (Phi), Leona Maguire (Irl), Lauren Stephenson, Perrine Delacour (Fra), Muni He (Chn), Elizabeth Nagel

68 Alexis Thompson, Moriya Jutanugarn (Tha), Jaye Marie Green, Paphangkorn Tavatanakit (Tha), Esther Lee, Marissa Steen, Celine Palomar-Herbin (Fra), Andrea Lee

69 Hyo-Joo Kim (Kor), Ariya Jutanugarn (Tha), Hannah Green (Aus), Nasa Hataoka (Jpn), Marina Alex, Chella Choi (Kor), Anna Nordqvist (Swe), Katherine Kirk (Aus), Xiyu Lin (Chn), Pajaree Anannarukarn (Tha), Maria Torres (Pur), Harukyo Nomura (Jpn), Pernilla Lindberg (Swe), Min Lee (Tai), Hae-Ji Kang (Kor), Ana Belac (Slo), Jennifer Song, Tiffany Chan (Hkg), Nam-Yeon Choi (Kor), Stephanie Meadow (NIrl), Dana Finkelstein, Bianca Pagdanganan (Phi)

70 Megha Ganne, Charley Hull (Eng), Yu Liu (Chn), Eun-Hee Ji (Kor), Bronte Law (Eng), Su-Hyun Oh (Aus), Ally Ewing, Mo Martin, Jennifer Kupcho, Gaby Lopez (Mex), Alena Sharp (Can), Stacy Lewis, Pornanong Phatlum (Tha), Sakura Yokomine (Jpn), Sophia Popov (Ger), Daniela Darquea (Ecu), Maria Fassi (Mex), Lauren Coughlin, Luna Sobron (Spa)

71 Danielle Kang, Mi-Hyang Lee (Kor), Mi-Rim Lee (Kor), Jenny Shin (Kor), Annie Park, Gerina Piller, Melissa Reid (Eng), Ind-Gee Chun (Kor), Madelene Sagstroem (Swe), Ryann O’Toole, Esther Henseleit (Ger), Sarah Kemp (Aus), Wichanee Meechai (Tha), Pavarisa Yoktuan (Tha), Lindy Duncan, Dottie Ardina (Phi), Jennifer Chang, Klara Spilkova (Cze), Katherine Perry, Louise Ridderstroem (Swe)

72 Sei-Young Kim (Kor), Sung-Hyun Park (Kor), Amy Yang (Kor), Azahara Munoz (Spa), Georgia Hall (Eng), A-Lim Kim (Kor), Mina Harigae, Elizabeth Szokol, Jeong-Eun Lee (Kor), Benyapa Niphatsophon (Tha), Sydnee Michaels, Daniela Holmqvist (Swe), Alana Uriell, Jackie Barenborg Stoelting

73 Giulia Molinaro (Ita), Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul (Tha), Anne van Dam (Ned), Aditi Ashok (Ind), Mariah Stackhouse, Sarah Burnham, Gemma Dryburgh (Sco)

74 Laura Davies (Eng), Kristen Gillman, Wei Ling Hsu (Tai), Sarah Schmelzel, Jennifer Coleman

75 Rachel Drummond (Eng), Brittany Altomare, Sarah Jane Smith (Aus), Brittany Lang, Ssu-Chia Cheng (Tai), Lindsey Weaver, Min-Seo Kwak (Kor), Kristy McPherson

76 Nicole Broch Estrup (Den), Caroline Inglis, Albane Valenzuela (Swi)

77 Linnea Stroem (Swe), Christina Kim

78 Brynn Walker, Cydney Clanton

79 Jing Yan (Chn)

80 Angel Yin