Prange Struggles but Remains Optimistic


2005 Safeway ClassicEditor's Note: Reid Hutchins is following Big Break V winner Ashley Prange all week at the Safeway Classic. Reid is Director of Public Relations for the Safeway Classic and Safeway International and is the owner of Hutchins Advertising in Portland Ore.
Ashley Prange
Ashley Prange will have her work cut out for her on Saturday after falling well back of the leader in the first round.
After completing her round Friday at the Safeway Classic, Ashley Prange was disappointed but graceful. As she signed autographs for her fans around the 18th hole, a 10-year old girl asked her what was tougher, this or the Big Break? Prange replied, this was pretty tough!
Pranges 77 Friday left her well back of the leaders, tied for 118th, but excited about her round tomorrow. I learned a lot out there, said Prange. I definitely had first tournament nerves, no question. But I feel good about tomorrow.
It really hit me on the first tee, but I feed off the crowds, so that was a big boost. It was very nice to have so many folks out there rooting for me.
Prange played with Angela Jerman and Celeste Troche. The crowds around the first tee for their start overflowed the grandstands and stretched out down the first fairway. Shouts of go Ashley could be heard throughout the round from the enthusiastic fans.
Jerman said it was great to see all the folks out cheering for Ashley. I played college golf with Ashley. Sure she was nervous, but she was fun, fun, fun out there. She is a great competitor and the exposure she is getting is good for womens golf.
Prange opened her round with a bogey after missing the first fairway left. She drained a 20-footer on two for her only birdie of the day. The rest of her round was up and down and a three-putt bogey 5 on 18 was not the way she wanted to finish up. The greens here are much faster than what we play on the Futures Tour so there is definitely some adjustment for me there.
Prange plays at 7:30 AM tomorrow morning. The nerves will still be there, sure, but the learning goes on. After all, this is tough.
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