Beth Bader leads Safeway Classic Michelle Wie four back

By Associated PressAugust 28, 2009, 4:00 pm
LPGA Tour _newNORTH PLAINS, Ore. ' Beth Bader shot an 8-under 64 at the Safeway Classic Friday to take a one-stroke lead into the second round at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
Baders low score came early in the day before the winds picked up and rain moved in over the course west of Portland. Anna Nordqvist and Seon Hwa Lee each had 65s, a stroke in front of a group that were two shots back.
Baders round was her best since 2007. It was her best start to a tournament since the season-opening event in 2003.
Beth Bader
Beth Bader is seeking her first win on the LPGA. (Getty Images)
Its nice to get off to a good start, Bader said. Ive had a tendency of not getting off to a very good start and I havent been able to come back from that.
Defending champion Cristie Kerr had a 69, playing in a star-studded group with Michelle Wie and Lorena Ochoa.
Kerr misplayed a chip shot from the rough on the 18th green to bogey her last hole of the day.
Just before Kerrs chip, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds roared overhead. The aerial squadron was performing at the Oregon Air Show in Hillsboro, Ore., nearby.
It was an interesting day, Kerr said. I hit it pretty bad, pretty poorly.
Ochoa finished with a 70, while Wie birdied the final hole to end with a 68.
Wie, playing a full schedule on the tour for the first time this year, holed a shot of some 30 feet for her birdie. She raised her arms and hopped when it dropped.
It was pretty cool, she said. And I called it, too. I told my caddie, I might chip this in.
Wie and Kerr were on the U.S. Solheim Cup team which defeated Europe last weekend at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Ten of the teams 12 players were at the Safeway Classic. Paula Creamer withdrew before Fridays first round because of illness.
Fellow teammate Juli Inkster withdrew earlier in the week.
It was fun out there today, Wie said. I thought after last week it was going to be anticlimactic, but there were a lot of fans out there and they were really riled up to see us play.
The large galleries from early in the day shrank quickly after Wies group finished their round. A light rain fell for about an hour, although play was never suspended.
The Safeway Classic was played for the previous 19 years at Columbia Edgewater Country Club near Portland International Airport.
Pumpkin Ridge is made up of the private Witch Hollow course and the public Ghost Greek Course, about a 20-minute drive west of Portland. The club has hosted numerous events, including the 1996 U.S. Amateur, won by Tiger Woods, and the 2003 U.S. Womens Open.
The Safeway Classic was being played on Ghost Creek, a par-72, 6,457-yard course with three straight par-5 holes.
Karrie Webb had a hole-in-one with a 4-iron on the 184-yard No. 5 hole Friday.
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