Stacy Prammanasudh fired a 63 to take the lead by three shots at the inaugural Navistar Classic. Lorena Ochoa is second after her round of 66, Lindsay Wright and Virada Nirapathpongporn are tied for third after rounds of 67 while Nancy Scranton and Danielle Downey are tied for fifth after opening with 68s. Two groups of players did not complete their rounds due to darkness and will finish up Friday morning.
Prammanasudh birdied nine times, including six in one eight-hole stretch. Ochoa’s round was bogey-free as well. Nirapathpongporn notched her first career ace at the 2nd hole (her 11th). Scranton posted 30 on the front nine and was -7 through 11 holes but bogeyed 12 and doubled 18. It’s still a fine start for Nancy, who comes in ranked #93 on the money list. Downey is a non-exempt second-year player out of nearby Auburn University who is making only her ninth start of 2007 and has only made the cut once all year (T26 at Corona).
Other scores of interest include:
69 Angela Stanford, Michelle McGann, Jee Young Lee, Moira Dunn
70 Karrie Webb, Maria Hjorth, Christina Kim, Meaghan Francella
71 Young Kim, Sarah Lee, Suzann Pettersen
71 Laura Diaz, Seon Hwa Lee, Jill McGill
72 Angela Park, Dina Ammaccapane, Minea Blomqvist
73 Song-Hee Kim, Brittany Lincicome, Nicole Castrale
73 Soo Young Moon, Sherri Turner, Kristy McPherson
74 Morgan Pressel, Johanna Head, Erica Blasberg
75 Sherri Steinhauer, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Liselotte Neumann, Johanna Head
76 Jane Park, In-Kyung Kim
78 Katie Futcher
79 Ai Miyazato
The players listed in bold are ones currently “on the bubble” of the Top 90 list, so I’ll be paying them more attention the next couple of weeks.
The Lovely and Talented Grace Park DNS’d. I hope her back isn’t acting up again. It’s good to see Jee Young Lee return from her shoulder woes and play well. Weird how I was just looking into Michelle McGann’s status the other day, and she comes out firing 69 today (and was the very early leader at -4 through 10 holes). That ties her low round of the year.