Israel's Beck takes LPGA lead in Alabama

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) Laetitia Beck took the first-round lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, dodging some of the wind Thursday morning in a bogey-free 7-under 65.

The 24-year-old Beck, the first Israeli player to qualify for the LPGA Tour, was in the first group of the day off 10th tee. She birdied four of the final five holes on her opening nine in calmer conditions, and had three more - two on par 5s - on the windier second nine.

"I think the winds picked up for us only like the last five, six holes, so we played the front nine without much wind," Beck said. "That front nine was 4 under, so it really helped."

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