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Martinek leads at Harder Hall

SEBRING - Shelby Martinek was able to overcome cool temperatures and breezy conditions to shoot an impressive 1-under 71 to take the first round lead of the 59th Harder Hall Women's invitational on Wednesday.

Martinek, a junior member of the University of Arizona women's golf team, had nines of 35-36 with four birdies in the blustery conditions.

India Clyburn of the United Kingdom is in second place after carding an even par 72 in an up-and-down round that included six birdies over the tight and demanding Harder Hall course.

Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Samantha Fuller from England and Lauren Whyte of Scotland are tied for third place at 73.

Elidh Briggs of Scotland and Emmy Martin of Odessa are tied at 74. Ansley Bowman, Tara Joy-Connelly, Aurora Kan, Olivia Lavy, Hally Leadbetter, Kristina Merkle and Cecily Overbey are among a number of players at 75.

There were some players still on the course at press time.

Martinek, a native of Tempe, Az., is coming off a solid 2013 where she qualified for both the U.S. Women's Amateur and the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

The talented Martinek transferred to the University of Arizona from Mesa Community College where she was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team after an 18th-place finish at the 2013 NJCAA Championships.

Wednesday's early-morning frosty conditions did not delay the start of the four-day event which is one of the oldest and most prestigious women's amateur tournaments in the country.

Tee times begin at 7:45 today off both hole No. 1 and hole No. 10.

The Harder Hall Invitational continues through Saturday and spectators are encouraged to come out and watch some exciting golf action at no charge.