The director of instruction at Errol Estate Country Club near Orlando, Salmon made five birdies and a bogey on the course playing 5,646 yards. She takes a four-stroke lead into the second round Tuesday.
'I broke my driver here Sunday,' Salmon said, 'and that's always been my best club. So I went through a barrel of clubs in the garage of one of my friends where I'm staying here and found one I sort of liked. I may check there again tonight.'
Rebecca Hayes, a seasonal assistant at the Everglades Club in Palm Beach and at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., was second at 72. She had three birdies and as many bogies. 'I made all the 5 and 6 footers you're supposed to make,' Hayes said.
Defending champion Cathy Edelen of North Port , Fla., posted 76. The head professional at Sabal Trace Country Club, Edelen had a birdie, three bogies and a double bogey.
Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Conn., the first woman to qualify for a PGA Tour event, had 77 on a birdie, four bogeys and a double bogey. 'I played awful,' Whaley said. 'I hit a lot of rotten irons shots right of where I intended.'
After hitting the wrong club on her second shot at the par-5 first hole, Salmon birdied Nos. 2, 4, 8, 9 and 13. Two were tap-ins and her longest birdie putt was a 15-footer at the 13th. 'And I haven't been putting well, but today I did,' she added.
The 54-hole championship continues through Wednesday with the winner earning $1,900 from the $15,000 purse. There were 28 starters with 13 breaking 80. The leaders:
68 - Bobbi Salmon, Mount Dora, Fla.
72 - Rebecca Hayes, Brookline, Mass.
74 - Shannon Hanley, Potomac, Md.
75 - Debby Murphy, Webster, N.Y.
76 - Carolyn Barnett-Howe, Appleton, Wis. Cathy Edelen, North Port.
77 - Suzy Whaley, Farmington, Conn.
78 - Marjorie Jones, Orlando. Patricia Frohna, West Palm Beach. Holly Anderson, Chevy Chase, Md. Susan Kelley, Nokomis.
79 - Melissa Yeazell, West Chester, Ohio. Kelly Sheehan, Orlando.