LPGA. Marathon Classic. Diaz shoots 62 in 1st Round. July 18 2014

dragon logo darkmarathon-classic-logo Laura Diaz shoots her lowest ever score in the opening round of Marathon Classic in Ohio. A marvelous -9 under par 62 effort which gives her a four shot lead at the top of the leaderboard. 68-2DQjr.AuSt.55 Laura Diaz / AP Photo Laura has toughened up mentally recently; “I think that I’ve done a lot of work on my mental game and I know better than anyone that just because you make one birdie doesn’t mean you’re going to make eighteen. It was great to get out and get five in a row. I had a six, seven footer for six in a row. I just kept trying to hit good shots and make good putts.”  "I’m very happy to shoot 62, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t. It’s nice to get a good feeling after round one. To see the ball going in the hole, I think that’s always a boost. To see it rolling and rolling in and then getting close on the ones that don’t go in.” ’"I've been playing better this year than I’ve played in the last four years, but still not where I would like to be. But it’s going in the right direction.” Austin Ernst and Lee Ann Pace are tied in second spot at -5 under par following their first rounds of -5 under par 66 on this par 71 lay-out. Austin is hoping to put together four good rounds this week, she also spoke of her Eagle on the 18th; “I don’t think it’s been a great year for me, been a lot of good rounds in tournaments, but not really having good weeks. Really just been inconsistent with the putter. It’s kind of been there couple days and then kind of gone. But goals are still the same. I still want to win this year.” "I hit it absolutely perfect, landed it right where I wanted to. You could tell, I think it landed about three yards short and then the crowd just erupted. Kind of knew it went in, but, yeah, it was awesome.” Lee Ann is happy with her game right now; "Really happy, I played very consistently. Actually been playing quite well for the last several weeks, so, yeah, been good." Tied in fourth place at -4 under par are last weeks winner Mo Martin, Lydia Ko,Katie Burnett, Mariajo Uribe and Marissa Steen. Mo Martin, British Women's Open winner is still on a high; “I’m pretty tired and still kind of feels like a dream. I was joking around with the trainers saying, ‘Can you massage here because my face hurts a little bit from smiling.’ So still kind of surreal, but I was able to focus on my round today. Proud of that. Had a good time today.”