CANTON, Mass. -- Deb Richard missed a one-foot putt early in the first round but birdied the last two holes to shoot a 5-under-par 67 and lead Pat Bradley by one stroke.
Loretta Alderete eagled the final hole to join Nancy Scranton and Mitzi Edge in a tie for third at 69 on the 6,137-yard Blue Hill Country Club course.
Richard started her round with birdie putts of 20 and 6 feet on the first two holes.
Among the 15 players tied at 70, three strokes behind Richard, were Betsy King, winner of the Big Apple Classic last week, Hall of Famer JoAnne Carner and Baltimorean Tina Barrett.