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Former Mississippi player Haley Italia shoots 65 to take lead in Symetra Tour opener


MESA, Arizona — Haley Italia shot a 7-under 65 on Friday at Longbow to take a two-stroke lead in the Symetra Tour's season-opening Gateway Classic.

The former University of Mississippi player birdied three of the last five holes in her bogey-free round.

Local high school star Hannah O'Sullivan and Mia Piccio of the Philippines were tied for second.

O'Sullivan, a junior at Chandler Hamilton, won the Arizona high school titles in 2012 and 2013. Piccio closed with an eagle on the par-5 18th.

Germany's Gabriella Wahl, South Korea's Jimin Kang and American Brianna Do shot 68. Canada's Jessica Wallace topped the group at 69.

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