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Friday, October 10, 2008

Maria Hjorth - five months pregnant
- shares LPGA Tour lead

Nearly five months pregnant, Maria Hjorth shot a six-under-par 66 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with Michele Redman at the LPGA Tour's Longs Drugs Challenge.
“It affects me a little bit,” said Hjorth, the former Stirling University student from Sweden who is ranked the 12th best female pro golfer in the world.
“Sometimes my body gets a little bit slow and my hands get quicker than my body. Today, a few shots I pulled them a little bit left. Other than that it doesn’t really affect me too much. I’ve been feeling really good throughout the whole thing so far. I’ll keep on playing until I feel I can’t anymore.”
Hjorth matched Redman with seven birdies and a bogey on a sunny day at Blackhawk Country Club, Danville in California. In-Kyung Kim and Mikaela Parmlid were tied for second at 67.