MSU's Kueny Leads Michigan PGA Women's Open After Round One

Laura KuenyCRYSTAL MOUNTAIN RESORT - Laura Kueny of Whitehall, Mich.,  shot an opening-round 66 (-6) Monday to take the lead in the 54-hole, $40,000 Michigan PGA Women’s Open. Kueny, 21, leads Emma Calderone, Elaine Crosby, Allison Fouch and Katie Kempter by 4-strokes.

“I was putting out of my mind,” said Kueny, a soon to be senior at Michigan State University. “I only missed one green and got up and down from there. I didn’t have any bogeys or three putts today. It was fun.” 

A hard rain greeted the golfers with early tee times. It softened the greens so much that LPGA Tour player Fouch of Grand Rapids predicted someone would go low. Kueny never saw the rain and took advantage of the conditions. Fouch, 28, a favorites coming into the event, said “This was a great 70 for me for the way I scraped it around.”

Others tied for second include two-time winner Elaine Crosby of Jackson.

“At home, I wouldn’t even walk outside in the rain,” said Jackson, 51, a former LPGA player. 

Also log jammed in that group are Emma Calderone a 32-year old Canadian who started playing golf at the age of 27 and Katie Kempter from Albuquerque who turned professional 2-months ago.

Kueny will be paired with Calderone and Crosby in the second round. She said she's ready to play with the more experienced players.

“I made the cut at a Futures Tour event this summer," Kueny stated. "I was impressing myself. It made me feel like I can play at this level.” 

Her Dad, Jim Kueny is a PGA Professional and caddied for his daughter today.

“I used him a lot on the greens,” Kueny said. “It’s always nice to get a second opinion. It would be as awesome for him as it would for me if I won but it’s only the first day.”

Six other players are tied for sixth at 1-under-par 71.

Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa’s Mountain Ridge course is 6,164 yards long.
One-hundred and ten professional or amateur players began play in the $40,000 Michigan Women’s Open on Crystal Mountain Resort’s Mountain Ridge course Monday. First prize is $5,700. Play will conclude at the end of Wednesday’s third round. The event is open to the public. Hole-by-hole scores and results may be viewed on or via


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