THOMPSONVILLE — Midland’s Kimberly Dinh shot a course and tournament record 10-under-par 62 Monday in the first round of the Michigan PGA Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain Resort.
Dinh, a 21-year-old junior at the University of Wisconsin playing as an amateur, made 10 birdies in the bogey-free round.
It was also her best round by seven shots.
At the 54-hole, three-day $36,000 open championship, she had a five-shot lead on 19-year-old rookie pro and recent Curtis Cup player Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga., who shot 67, and was six ahead of Ashely Tait, a Symetra Tour player from Littleton, Colo., who shot 68.
Hannah Collier of Birmingham, Ala., was next with a 69, five players shot 70, including former Michigan State golfer Allyssa Ferrell, current Spartan Gabby Yurik of Oakland and MSU assistant coach Aimee Neff of Carmel, Ind.
Dinh is playing in her first tournament of the summer. A 4.0 student at Wisconsin and regular on all-academic honor teams, she is currently working an internship at Dow Corning and is taking her only two days of vacation and one day unpaid to play in the tournament.
“I still have a year to go at Wisconsin, and I’ve never really had any plans for professional golf,” she said after her round. “If I keep playing like this I might have to think it over.”
Ramsey just finished her first year of college at Clemson, then played in the Curtis Cup and decided to turn professional.
Tait, 27, is squeezing this tournament in between Symetra Tour stops in South Bend, Ind., and Harris, Mich., in large part because she finished third here last year and second the year before.
Tait lost on the first hole of a playoff to Madison Pressel eight days earlier in the Symetra Tour’s Decatur, Ill., tournament.
Playing as an amateur, Glen Lake sophomore Nichole Cox is the only area player in the tournament. She shot an opening-round 81 and is tied for 56th.
Play continues today on the Mountain Ridge course at Crystal Mountain.