Tight at the top in Alabama

Four players share the first-round lead at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic and seven more trail by only one shot.

Jennifer Rosales birdied five of the first seven holes on the back nine and finished with a five-under 67 on Thursday for a share of the lead with Katie Futcher, Lindsey Wright and Caroline Hedwall.

Kraft Nabisco winner Sun Young Yoo was a stroke back on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex along with Stacy Lewis, Morgan Pressel, Mariajo Uribe, Sydnee Michaels, Cindy LaCrosse, Haeji Kang and Mi Jung Hur .

Rosales, from the Philippines, is playing in her first event on the LPGA Tour this year, having won the last of her two tour titles in 2005.

"I'm doing scuba diving in the offseason," Rosales said. "It's fun. I really love it. It's totally different from golf. That's what I've been doing back home.

She has limited tour status after finishing 124th on the money list last year.

"Actually, you know what? It's better not to expect anything," Rosales said. "I just came out here and wanted to play and see this weekend. ... Actually, today was an easy day for me. I hit most of the fairways and greens. I only missed I think a green today. My putting was very good today."

Futcher led on her own at six under after 17 holes but dropped into a tie with a bogey on the ninth, while Wright and Hedwall had bogey-free rounds.

"It feels like it's kind of target golf and I like that," Hedwall said. "I enjoy just hitting it; where it stops where you hit it, too. I like that and I think I did that well today. Just everything feels good, and hopefully I can play as well for the rest of the week."

Wright won the New Zealand Women's Open in February and is looking good again.

"I just played a nice round of golf," said the Australian. "I wish it was like that every day."