Friday, February 16, 2007

SBS Open at Turtle Bay – 1st Round

Paula Creamer, Sherri Steinhauer and rookie Paige Mackenzie all opened with rounds of 67 to share the first round lead at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay. Julieta Granada, Natalie Gulbis, Wendy Ward and Sung Ah Yim are one shot back.

Conditions were good for scoring, although the wind picked up a bit in the afternoon. They are expecting winds to increase some more Friday, and Saturday is expected to be very windy. To recap some more of the Thursday scores:
Juli Inkster 69
Hee-Won Han 69
Stacy Prammanasudh 69
Morgan Pressel 69
Jee Young Lee 70
Seon Hwa Lee 70
Mi Hyun Kim 70
Karrie Webb 70
Cristie Kerr 71
Lorena Ochoa 71
Pat Hurst 71
Jeong Jang 73
Christina Kim 73
Song-Hee Kim 74
Brittany Lincicome 75
Se Ri Pak 75
Ai Miyazato 75
Meena Lee 76

As expected, the scenery from Oahu’s North Shore was outstanding. Unfortunately the audio left a lot to be desired, especially early in TGC’s broadcast. When I could hear them, Dottie Pepper and company seemed to be genuinely excited about the start of the new season. I pick on TGC quite a bit, but I still prefer their production of women’s golf to any other network’s.

Where was the gallery? I heard occasional scattered applause, but never noticed any sizeable groups of spectators next to the greens or along the fairways. I’ll look again tonight.

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