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08/25/2016 12:34 EDT | Updated 08/26/2017 01:12 EDT

Lee leads early as first round of Canadian Women's Open delayed by storm

PRIDDIS, Alta. — South Korea's Mirim Lee sat atop the leaderboard early in the first round of the Canadian women's golf championship.

When players were shuttled off the course at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club due to a lightning delay at 11:45 a.m. MT, Lee was sitting at 5 under through 13 holes, one shot ahead of a group of five other golfers.

That group included Lydia Ko, the Olympic silver medallist from New Zealand, who is No. 1 in the Rolex LPGA rankings. She was tied at four under with Catriona Matthew of Scotland, Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland and South Korea's Mi Jung Hur and So Yeon Ryo.

Toronto's Rebecca Lee-Bentham was at 1 under through 14 holes and was the top Canadian, one shot ahead of Calgary's Jennifer Ha who was even through eight holes.

The tournament was set to resume resume at 2:40 p.m. MT with afternoon tee times beginning at 3:15 p.m.

Brooke Henderson, the 18-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont. who is ranked number three in the Rolex standings, had to wait until the slate of morning golfers finished their rounds. She was scheduled to tee off at 4:21 p.m.

The $2.25-million Canadian Women's Open was last held in Priddis, southwest of Calgary, in 2009 and runs through Sunday with 153 golfers in the field.

Now sponsored by Canadian Pacific, the purse includes $337,500 for the winner.