June 5, 2008 / 8:09 PM / 9 years ago

Kane uses ice hockey inspiration to lead at LPGA

GRACE DE HAVRE, Maryland (Reuters) - Canadian Lorie Kane fired a six-under-par 66 on Thursday to share the early first-round lead at the LPGA Championship, inspired after watching the Stanley Cup ice hockey finals.

“I am a hockey fan,” Kane said about her country’s national game and the NHL title series that ended on Wednesday with the Detroit Red Wings beating the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Kane struggled with her game last year but feels she has more to accomplish in a long LPGA career. The 43-year-old Canadian has four career wins but has never finished better than fourth in a major.

“There’s one thing about hockey players that I take to my golf game, and that’s there is no give-up,” Kane told reporters after joining American Emily Bastel at the top of the leaderboard in the year’s second major championship.

“If you’re cut, losing teeth, broken nose, they will come out and play and give you lots of heart. There’s not give-up in me.”

What was in disrepair was Kane’s confidence.

“I was just trying too hard,” she said.

”At the beginning of the season, I was swinging it well and I was uncomfortable with my putting. Then I was feeling great with my putting, and I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn door with any shot I wanted to hit.

”Then I just decided, this is ridiculous. I have been out here way too long to be beating myself up.

“I guess today I just went out and played. Am I surprised by a low round? I knew it was in me, and I know I have a lot more of those and I know it’s a long way to Sunday, but I am encouraged.”

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