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Published: 7/17/2014 - Updated: 2 months ago


Marathon Classic Day 1

Laura Diaz has jumped out to a lead on the first day of the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club. Diaz finished her round 9-under par. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND START SLIDESHOW

Laura Diaz, left, and her caddie studies her path to cup on Hole 9 during the Marathon Classic. Enlarge Laura Diaz, left, and her caddie studies her path to cup on Hole 9 during the Marathon Classic.
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Laura Diaz tees off on #1 during the first round of Marathon Classic. Enlarge Laura Diaz tees off on #1 during the first round of Marathon Classic.
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Laura Diaz putts  on #2 hole during the first round of Marathon Classic. Enlarge Laura Diaz putts on #2 hole during the first round of Marathon Classic.
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Laura Diaz tees off on #2 during the first round of Marathon Classic. Enlarge Laura Diaz tees off on #2 during the first round of Marathon Classic.
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Laura Diaz reacts to her putt  on #2 hole during the first round of Marathon Classic. Enlarge Laura Diaz reacts to her putt on #2 hole during the first round of Marathon Classic.
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Fans applaud Laura Diaz as she finishes at Hole 9. Enlarge Fans applaud Laura Diaz as she finishes at Hole 9.
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Emma Jandel misses a birdie on Hole 10 to stay in the lead at 4 under. Enlarge Emma Jandel misses a birdie on Hole 10 to stay in the lead at 4 under.
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Maude-Aimee Leblanc walks past Kelly Tan as Tan reacts to missing a birdie on Hole 8. Enlarge Maude-Aimee Leblanc walks past Kelly Tan as Tan reacts to missing a birdie on Hole 8.
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Maude-Aimee Leblanc walks past Kelly Tan as Tan reacts to missing a birdie on Hole 8. Enlarge Maude-Aimee Leblanc walks past Kelly Tan as Tan reacts to missing a birdie on Hole 8.
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Jackie Gallagher-Smith hits out of a sand trap during the Marathon Classic. Enlarge Jackie Gallagher-Smith hits out of a sand trap during the Marathon Classic.
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Emma Jandel, of Dayton, who took an early lead, reacts to a missed birdie on Hole 9. Enlarge Emma Jandel, of Dayton, who took an early lead, reacts to a missed birdie on Hole 9.
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Becky Morgan watches her missed putt on Hole 9. Enlarge Becky Morgan watches her missed putt on Hole 9.
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Laura Diaz reacts to applause as she goes to 6 under on Hole 17. Enlarge Laura Diaz reacts to applause as she goes to 6 under on Hole 17.
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Laura Diaz tries to coax her ball into the cup on Hole 9. Enlarge Laura Diaz tries to coax her ball into the cup on Hole 9.
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Laura Diaz tries to coax her ball into the cup on Hole 9. Enlarge Laura Diaz tries to coax her ball into the cup on Hole 9.
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Laura Diaz passes by her 8 under score after going 9 under on Hole 8. Enlarge Laura Diaz passes by her 8 under score after going 9 under on Hole 8.
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Laura Diaz goes 9 under on Hole 8 during the Marathon Classic. Enlarge Laura Diaz goes 9 under on Hole 8 during the Marathon Classic.
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Fans follow Laura Diaz onto the Hole 8 green during the Marathon Classic. Enlarge Fans follow Laura Diaz onto the Hole 8 green during the Marathon Classic.
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Leader Laura Diaz takes a good look at the hole. Enlarge Leader Laura Diaz takes a good look at the hole.
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Kelly Tan misses a birdie on Hole 9 to stay at 3 under. Enlarge Kelly Tan misses a birdie on Hole 9 to stay at 3 under.
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Marissa Steen talks about her round during the Marathon Classic. Enlarge Marissa Steen talks about her round during the Marathon Classic.
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Mo Martin hits the ball on the #18 fairway. Enlarge Mo Martin hits the ball on the #18 fairway.
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Chella Choi practices her shot on #18 under a bright blue sky. Enlarge Chella Choi practices her shot on #18 under a bright blue sky.
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Katie Burnett signs an autograph for Sierra Bengi , 12, of Plainfield, Indiana, during the first round of Marathon Classic. Enlarge Katie Burnett signs an autograph for Sierra Bengi , 12, of Plainfield, Indiana, during the first round of Marathon Classic.
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Cristie Kerr hits out of the rough as her caddy watches the ball fly by on #18. Enlarge Cristie Kerr hits out of the rough as her caddy watches the ball fly by on #18.
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Austin Ernst ends the day at 5 under to tie for 2nd place. Enlarge Austin Ernst ends the day at 5 under to tie for 2nd place.
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So Yeon Ryu lines up her shot on the #18 hole. Enlarge So Yeon Ryu lines up her shot on the #18 hole.
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Mo Martin lines up her shot on the #18 hole. Enlarge Mo Martin lines up her shot on the #18 hole.
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From left: Fans Tommy Hurley, Brad Smith and Ryan Hacker watch the tee shots from Austin Ernst's group. Enlarge From left: Fans Tommy Hurley, Brad Smith and Ryan Hacker watch the tee shots from Austin Ernst's group.
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Austin Ernst, left, high-fives Jacqui Concolino after Ernst  birdied the18th Hole. Enlarge Austin Ernst, left, high-fives Jacqui Concolino after Ernst birdied the18th Hole.
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Ai Miyazato, at 4 under, hits on hole 3. Enlarge Ai Miyazato, at 4 under, hits on hole 3.
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 Austin Ernst reacts to birdying the 18th Hole. Enlarge Austin Ernst reacts to birdying the 18th Hole.
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Sue Kim measures up her putt on Hole 18. Enlarge Sue Kim measures up her putt on Hole 18.
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Jacqui Concolino hits out of the Hole 5 sand trap. Enlarge Jacqui Concolino hits out of the Hole 5 sand trap.
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Austin Ernst retrieves her ball from the 18th Hole cup after birdying. Enlarge Austin Ernst retrieves her ball from the 18th Hole cup after birdying.
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Mo Martin birdies the #18 hole during the Marathon Classic. Enlarge Mo Martin birdies the #18 hole during the Marathon Classic.
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Austin Ernst signs an autograph for her standard bearer Alex Prymas, 10, of Sylvania, after completing her first round. Enlarge Austin Ernst signs an autograph for her standard bearer Alex Prymas, 10, of Sylvania, after completing her first round.
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