Rookie Sandra Changkija leads women at Waterloo

Rookie Sandra Changkija remained on top of the leaderboard after

the completion of the first round at the Manulife Financial Classic

on Friday.

Changkija opened with an 8-under 63 and had a three-stroke lead

on China’s Shanshan Feng when play was suspended on Thursday

because of thunderstorms and heavy rain.

Early Friday, Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist shot up the leaderboard at

Grey Silo Golf Course with a 7-under 64 to shave Changkija’s lead

to one stroke.

South Korea’s Hee Kyung Seo and Americans Karlin Beck and Lexi

Thompson were tied with Feng at 5 under.

The high heat and humidity on the opening day were replaced by

sunny, comfortable conditions for Friday’s play.