Jennifer Rosales birdied five of the first seven holes on the back nine and finished with a 5-under 67 on Thursday in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic for a share of the first-round lead with Katie Futcher, Lindsey Wright and Caroline Hedwall.
Rosales, the Filipino player who won the last of her two LPGA Tour titles in 2005, had a birdie and a bogey on the front nine before making her back-nine move on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex. The event was her first of the year on the tour.
''I'm doing scuba diving in the offseason,'' Rosales said. ''It's fun, I really love it. It's totally different from golf. That's it, that's what I've been doing back home.
The 33-year-old Rosales has limited tour status after finishing 124th on the money list last year.
''Actually, you know what? It's better not to expect anything,'' Rosales said. ''I just came out here and wanted to play and see this weekend. ... Actually, today was an easy day for me. ...