Greggain Has First Round Lead


Futures TourMORGANTOWN, W. Va ' Futures Tour veteran Jennifer Greggain of Calgary, Alberta, fired a 5-under-par 67 to put herself in the lead spot for the first time this season at the $70,000 Betty Puskar Futures Golf Classic held at The Pines Country Club in Morgantown, W. Va. Greggain holds a one-stroke lead over Kelly Cap of Boardman, Ohio, and 2002 Futures Tour champion Jimin Kang of Seoul, Korea, who shot rounds of 68 (-4) on the 6,539-yard par 72 layout.
Greggains round got going with a four-foot birdie putt on one. She followed up with two 10-foot putts for birdie on holes five and seven and made the turn at 32 (-3). Greggains back nine consisted of birdies on 10, 13, and she two-putted from 30 feet off the fringe on 18. Her only blemish of the day was a bogey on 11.
'I was just playing one shot at a time,' said Greggain, who hit eight fairways, 11 greens and made 24 putts. 'My putter was hot today. Im making the birdie putts that I was missing before. Everything was just falling into place.'
Greggain, a native of Panorama City, Calif., had a rough start this season, missing four cuts in her first five starts. However, over the past three tournaments, the 25-year-old has finished among the top 30, including a tie for fifth at last weeks tournament in Manalapan, N.J.
Greggain, a mother of two, has been traveling with her 10-month-old baby Elizabeth since the beginning of the season. Her youngest son Darren, who is accompanying her this week, usually remains at home while Greggain is on the road. Unfortunately, due to the climatic conditions in Alberta, Greggains golf season is much shorter than what she is accustomed to in California.
'The courses in Alberta are not open until May and I get a late start compared to a lot of the other golfers out here,' stated Greggain, who is ranked 75th on the Futures Tour Money List with $4,725. 'Im juggling being a mom and professional golfer and my practice time is limited, but Im finally getting into a routine. For me, this is the prime time of my season and Im starting to feel a lot more confident for LPGA Q-school.'
Caps bogey-free round consisted of birdies on one, 11, 16, and 18. Kangs round started with a 12-foot birdie putt on one, and a double-bogey on two, the par-4 418-yard hole. She recovered by holing her chip shot from 17 yards for birdie on seven and she registered more birdies on nine, 15, 16, and bogeyed 17. Kang ended strong with an eagle on the final hole.
'To be honest with you, I thought 18 was a par-4 and thats how I was playing it,' laughed Kang, who won two weeks ago at the M&T Bank Loretto Futures Golf Classic in Syracuse, N.Y. 'After I bogeyed 17, my goal was to finish strong with a birdie. I had no idea I eagled the hole until I was in the scoring tent adding up my scorecard. Anyone out here can go low if they take advantage of birdie opportunities.'