DAlessio Leads LPGA Q-School

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 21, 2003 ' Powered by a new putter in her bag, 29-year-old Diana DAlessio carded an opening round 66 (-6) to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament at LPGA Internationals Legends Course. The Huntersville, N.C., resident carded seven birdies against a lone bogey and stands one shot ahead of Swedens Mikaela Parmlid and three-year Tour member Jenna Daniels heading into the second round.

Play was suspended due to darkness at 7:10 p.m., with one threesome out on the golf course. That group will return to finish its final hole Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. while the remainder of the field begins their second rounds. There will be no changes to the starting times for the second round, as play will begin at 7:45 a.m. ET.

It was just a fun day today, said DAlessio, who is a four-year LPGA Tour member. I hit it pretty good today and capitalized on all of my short birdie opportunities. I just made a lot of putts today. I hit 15 greens and 11 fairways today, so I feel pretty good.

DAlessio made the turn at four-under-par after birdies on holes two, six, seven and nine, then dove to seven-under-par with birdies on 12, 14 and 15 before a bogey on the par-4 17th dropped her back to six-under-par.

Parmlid, who teed off from the 10th tee, had a bogey-free round that included four-straight birdies on holes one through four, her 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th holes of the day. She began with a birdie on the 13th hole, her fourth, to card the 67. Daniels also began her day on the back-nine and also carded a bogey-free round, notching birdies on holes 17, one, two, four and eight to finish one stroke off DAlessios lead.

Canadas Isabelle Beisiegel and Denmarks Iben Tinning, a member of the victorious 2003 European Solheim Cup Team, posted four-under-par 68s and are two strokes back. Seventeen-year-old Aree Song, who is setting a precedent by attempting to secure a spot on the LPGA Tour before her 18th birthday, shot a one-under-par 71 and is five strokes back.

The 72-hole tournament continues with the second round Wednesday, and the 132-player field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties after the third round. A total of 28 exempt spots on the 2004 LPGA Tour are up for grabs this year, and a sudden-death playoff will be held to determine the 28th spot if needed. The next 35 finishers and ties will earn non-exempt status for 2004.

LPGA FINAL QUALIFYING SCHOOL 2003
Round 1
DAYTONA BEACH FL
LPGA INTERNATIONAL-LEGENDS COURSE

1 Diana D'Alessio 32-34 66 -6
2 Mikaela Parmlid 32-35 67 -5
2 Jenna Daniels 32-35 67 -5
4 Isabelle Beisiegel 33-35 68 -4
4 Iben Tinning 35-33 68 -4
6 Cherie Byrnes 36-33 69 -3
6 Maggie Will 35-34 69 -3
6 Catherine Cartwright 34-35 69 -3
6 Ashley Winn 35-34 69 -3
6 Carri Wood 33-36 69 -3
11 Chiharu Yamaguchi 34-36 70 -2
11 Michele Vinieratos 35-35 70 -2
11 Patricia Baxter-Johnson 34-36 70 -2
11 Pamela Kerrigan 34-36 70 -2
11 Lisa Hall 33-37 70 -2
11 Karen Pearce 37-33 70 -2
11 Jean-Marie Busuttil 33-37 70 -2
11 Laurie Rinker 36-34 70 -2
11 Stacy Snider 34-36 70 -2
11 Smriti Mehra 35-35 70 -2
11 Celeste Troche 34-36 70 -2
11 Jinny Lee 32-38 70 -2
11 Jen Hanna 34-36 70 -2
24 Jimin Kang 36-35 71 -1
24 Kelly Lagedrost 37-34 71 -1
24 Aree Song 32-39 71 -1
24 Juli Hilton 35-36 71 -1
24 Angie Rizzo 36-35 71 -1
24 Susie Parry 35-36 71 -1
24 Emily Bastel 35-36 71 -1
24 Laura Myerscough 35-36 71 -1
24 Joellyn Erdmann-Crooks 33-38 71 -1
24 Hong Mei Yang 35-36 71 -1
24 Jessica Reese 32-39 71 -1
35 Nadina Taylor 36-36 72 E
35 Michelle Murphy 36-36 72 E
35 Marlene Hedblom 37-35 72 E
35 Russamee Gulyanamitta 38-34 72 E
35 Katherine Hull 37-35 72 E
35 Silvia Cavalleri 34-38 72 E
35 Seol-An Jeon 37-35 72 E
35 Diane Irvin 36-36 72 E
35 Kellee Booth 36-36 72 E
35 Lisa DePaulo 36-36 72 E
35 Stephanie George 35-37 72 E
35 Karen Davies 36-36 72 E
35 Carmen Hajjar 35-37 72 E
35 Lindsey Wright 35-37 72 E
35 Siew-Ai Lim 36-36 72 E
50 Mardi Lunn 35-38 73 +1
50 Susan Ginter-Brooker 36-37 73 +1
50 Dina Ammaccapane 37-36 73 +1
50 Jeanne Cho 36-37 73 +1
50 Clarissa Childs 36-37 73 +1
50 Amy Hung 36-37 73 +1
50 Katie Bakken 37-36 73 +1
50 Brandi Jackson 35-38 73 +1
50 Sarah Johnston 34-39 73 +1
50 Sunny Lee 37-36 73 +1
50 Jennifer Huber 36-37 73 +1
50 Stefania Croce 36-37 73 +1
50 Luciana Bemvenuti 39-34 73 +1
50 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 35-38 73 +1
50 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 34-39 73 +1
50 Shiho Katano 38-35 73 +1
50 Riko Higashio 37-36 73 +1
50 Connie Ross 36-37 73 +1
50 Meredith Duncan 38-35 73 +1
69 Nicole Materne 36-38 74 +2
69 Leigh Ann Mills 37-37 74 +2
69 Angela Buzminski 37-37 74 +2
69 Marcy Hart 36-38 74 +2
69 Nicole Dalkas 36-38 74 +2
69 Liz Earley 37-37 74 +2
69 Georgina Simpson 36-38 74 +2
69 Michelle Bell 37-37 74 +2
69 Kelly Cap 36-38 74 +2
69 Il Mi Chung 37-37 74 +2
69 Collette Matthes 37-37 74 +2
69 Kristen Bloomer 36-38 74 +2
69 Annette DeLuca 38-36 74 +2
69 Heather Lee 37-37 74 +2
69 Michelle Simpson 39-35 74 +2
69 Michelle Estill 37-37 74 +2
69 Caroline Goasguen 34-40 74 +2
69 Kristy McPherson 38-36 74 +2
87 Vikki Laing 37-38 75 +3
87 Lisa Strom 36-39 75 +3
87 Krista Bartlett 36-39 75 +3
87 Karine Icher 39-36 75 +3
87 Hyun Soon Park 37-38 75 +3
87 Lori Atsedes 37-38 75 +3
87 Yvonne Cox 38-37 75 +3
87 Allie Blomquist 38-37 75 +3
87 Namika Omata 37-38 75 +3
87 Kylie Pratt 38-37 75 +3
87 Danielle Masters 38-37 75 +3
87 Dale Eggeling 38-37 75 +3
87 Lesley Henderson 37-38 75 +3
87 Charlotta Sorenstam 37-38 75 +3
87 Vicky Uwland 35-40 75 +3
102 Michele Fuller 37-39 76 +4
102 Carrie Roberts 38-38 76 +4
102 Kris Lindstrom 37-39 76 +4
102 Penny Hammel 38-38 76 +4
102 Kimberly Freeman 38-38 76 +4
102 Mayumi Nakajima 37-39 76 +4
102 Kim Augusta 37-39 76 +4
102 Alena Sharp 35-41 76 +4
102 Kathryn Cusick 41-35 76 +4
102 Leslie Spalding 38-38 76 +4
102 Nicole Jeray 41-35 76 +4
102 J.Y. Cho 39-37 76 +4
102 Danielle Amiee 38-38 76 +4
115 Nuria Clau 36-41 77 +5
115 Minny Yeo 38-39 77 +5
115 Pam Wright 38-39 77 +5
115 Kirsty Taylor 39-38 77 +5
119 Lisa P. Jensen 39-39 78 +6
119 Mary Kay Marino 41-37 78 +6
119 Tamie Durdin 41-37 78 +6
119 Mitzi Edge 39-39 78 +6
119 Ara Koh 37-41 78 +6
119 Wendy Martin 37-41 78 +6
125 Misia Lemanski 41-38 79 +7
125 Nicole Perrot 39-40 79 +7
125 Krissie Register 41-38 79 +7
128 Becky Lucidi 41-39 80 +8
128 Hye Jung Choi 39-41 80 +8
128 Laura Baugh 41-39 80 +8
DNF Marianne Morris DNF
DNF Donna Wilkins DNF