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Englishwoman conquers freezing conditions in Texas
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Charley Hull leads the Volunteers of America Classic at Old American Golf Club by one shot after and opening three-under-par 68. Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum and Americans Jessica Korda and Jennifer Kupcho are in a share of second place.
Hull had six birdies in her round including four in six holes from the 2nd tee on what was her back nine. The 24-year-old, like all the players, struggled in the cold conditions.
"I was so cold out there," said Hull "I struggled swinging the last two holes, I just got so cold. Along that lake, you just get like freezing,"
The cold conditions contributed to the course paying a lot longer than usual and this suited the big-hitting Hull.
"I played pretty solid. The golf course is playing so much different than it did last year. It's playing a lot longer, which I prefer." Added Hull.
Anna Nordqvist of Sweden is one of five players two shots off the lead on one under par. Open champion Sophia Popov sits at level par in a group that includes world number one Jin Young Ko.
Hull's countrywomen Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Mel Reid sit on one-over and two-over respectively with Stephanie Meadows, who was third at the Pelican Women's Championship a couple of weeks ago, at four-over.