Charleston, SC (Sports Network) - Allisen Corpuz carded a 2-under 69 on Monday to grab the lead after the first round of stroke play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
Corpuz, a 15-year-old from Honolulu, leads by two at the Country Club of Charleston.
Four-time U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champ Meghan Stasi posted an even-par 71 and is tied for second place with Yumi Matsubara, Emma Talley, Kendall Prince, Brooke MacKenzie Henderson, Carolin Pinegger and 2010 U.S. Women's Public Links winner Emily Tubert.
Alison Lee, the 2012 U.S. Girls Junior runner-up, headlines a group of 11 players tied at plus-1. Gabriella Then, who won the U.S. Girls Junior two weeks ago, posted a 2-over 73, and is tied for 20th.
Corpuz opened with a birdie at the first. She parred the next eight holes before stumbling to a bogey on the 10th. Corpuz birdied the 14th and 16th to move to minus-2. She parred the last two to end there.
"I still have to play a solid round tomorrow, but it's a lot better than shooting a couple over and having to worry about putting in another good round," Corpuz admitted.
Last year's champion, Lydia Ko, and runner-up, Jaye Marie Green, both are not competing this week.
The second round of stroke play is slated for Tuesday. The match-play portion of the championship runs from Wednesday through Sunday's 36-hole final.