After three practice days, it’s easy to ensnare oneself in the notion that it’s all for practice. When the actual tournament commences, the cold water to the morning face is sensible. With a nice balance of estrogen and testosterone among all on property, the US Women’s Open began comfortably this morning. The marshals were understanding and helpful, unlike men’s major events, when they adopt the guise of corroborators, complicit in the defense of utter silence and complete stillness. 14-year old Nelly Korda struck her first shot in a US Open around 7:09 and birdie putts for competitors began to drop soon after. Here is a gallery from the pre-10 am golfers at Sebonack.