Carin Koch and Teresa Lu share the lead after Round One at the Ginn Open. Seven players are tied for second, one shot back at -4 – Lorena Ochoa, Suzann Pettersen, Karrie Webb, Yani Tseng, Charlotte Mayorkas, Mhairi McKay and Allison Fouch.
Great scoring – not much breeze and not much rough. 21 players shot in the 60s, 45 are under par. Koch double-bogeyed 15 but rammed home birdie putts at 17 and 18 to post her 67. Lu birdied three of her last seven to reach -5. Pettersen’s 68 included 28 with her new putter – evidently the “borrowed” one from the LPGA Championship has lost its usefulness. Ochoa bogeyed her next-to-last hole (#8) or she would have joined the leaders. Fouch, the top money-winner on the Futures Tour last year, birdied three times on the back nine. Other scores:
69 Juli Inkster, Lindsey Wright, Young Kim, Minea Blomqvist
69 Kyeong Bae, Sun Young Yoo, Kristy McPherson, Jill McGill
70 Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr, Laura Davies
70 Angela Stanford, Karen Stupples, Pat Hurst
71 Jeong Jang, Stacy Prammanasudh, Momoko Ueda
72 Hee-Won Han, Morgan Pressel, Seon Hwa Lee
72 Paula Creamer, Christina Kim, Grace Park
73 Natalie Gulbis, Sarah Lee, Moira Dunn
74 Mi Hyun Kim, Angela Park, Laura Diaz, Nicole Castrale
74 Jee Young Lee, Brittany Lincicome, Shi Hyun Ahn
76 Se Ri Pak, Catriona Matthew
77 Maria Hjorth, Louise Friberg
Beth Daniel agrees with me (and why wouldn’t she?) - the LPGA Hall of Fame is still a bear to qualify for. Annika, Se Ri, Karrie and Lorena are among the greatest players in LPGA history, and the fact that they got in so quickly is a testament to their greatness and is by no means evidence that the criteria is too lenient. Another point that Brian Hammons brought up – no other sport inducts players who are still in their prime, and nearly all have a post-retirement waiting period (usually five years). I guess there are quite a few sportswriters who can’t resolve that image of the gray-haired veteran accepting his ultimate reward on Induction Day with a 26-year-old girl.