Mobile, AL. - Perfect golfing weather was the setting for the opening round of the 2012 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. Held at on the Crossings Course, at Magnolia Grove on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Perfect golfing weather usually means low scoring, and the LPGA Tour's best did not disappoint.
Four players are tied for the lead after round one. Caroline Hedwall, Lindsey Wright, Jennifer Rosales and Katie Futcher all carded opening round scores of 5-under, 67 to share the 18 hole lead.
Hedwall, from Sweden kept a clean card in her opening 18 around the Crossings Course on Thursday. She carded two birdies on the front nine [No. 3 and No. 9]. Then added three more on her inward nine on No.'s 13, 16 and 17 to close out her, 67.
The 22-year old former Oklahoma State player, has five Ladies European Tour victories to her credit. With her last at the Hero Women's Indian Open in 2011.
Wright, a 32-year old Australian golfer who turned pro in 2004, also carded an opening round of 67.
The current McKinney, Texas resident has four professional wins since turning pro. Three on the LPGA Futures Tour and in 2009 at the Jamie Farr Classic on the LPGA Tour, in 2009.
Wright, was also able to keep a clean card today at Magnolia Grove's Crossings Course.
The Aussie had three circles on her opening nine, with birdies on No.'s 4, 7 and 9. Also carding two more on the back nine on No.'s 11 and 16 en route to her, 67.
Rosales, an always colourful player from the Philippines who had a very outstanding amateur career in her home country.
The 33-year old won the Philippine Ladies Amateur Golf Championship five times in a row, from the years 1994 through 1998. Also winning a National Championship her freshman year  at the University of Southern California.
Rosales was the early clubhouse leader in round one Thursday in Mobile, before being caught by Hedwall and Wright.
Unlike her co-leaders. She was unable to keep her opening round card clean of bogeys. Though she had only one.
Rosales had a pretty pedestrian front nine, making the turn at even par. The back nine is where she really caught fire.
Back-to-back birdies on No. 10 and No. 11 got her to 2-under quickly. She then went on to birdie three out of her next five holes, to get to five-under, par. And at the time, the outright lead.
Two pars coming in on No. 17 and No. 18 saw Rosales close with a five-under, 67. And end with a three way tie for the lead after 18 holes.
Futcher, opened her first round on the back-nine, carding three birdies. Like some other players, she did her most damage on the front nine on Thursday.
Three straight pars to open the front nine; her back nine, the American went on to birdie four of her last six holes. Briefly taking the outright lead at six-under. Only to give it right back with a bogey on No. 9.
Futcher would however card an opening round of five-under, 67. Good enough to end in a four-way tie for the lead.
If the weather stays as it did on Thursday. We could see more low scores today, here in Mobile.