Cathy Gerring fired a career-best, 9-under-par 63 to take the first-round lead in the Centel Classic on the 6,269-yard Killearn Country Club and Inn course.

Patty Sheehan and Joan Pitcock were next at 67. JoAnne Carner, winless since 1985, chipped in for an eagle at the 17th hole en route to a 68.