Matthew Leads Cup Noodles Open


Scottish native Catriona Matthew was right at home during the first round of the Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open at Kapolei Golf Course. She was one of the lucky few to post a sub-par round on a day that seemed more like Scotland than paradise.
'It was pretty windy out there today. I'm used to it; this is the kind of wind I grew up with. But I don't play in weather like this now when I'm home. I'm too spoiled,' Catriona said after her round.
Matthew opened with a 5-under 67 taking the outright lead early in the day. Five birdies, two bogeys and a spectacular eagle on the 459-yard par 5 17th gave Matthew the edge she needed to claim the lead.
Catriona hit her 3-wood on the 17th to within five feet of the pin and sunk her putt to drop from 69 to 67.
'I was looking at level par on a day like that,' Matthews said. 'I guess I got lucky.'
Less than ten competitors posted scores of par or better. Among the luck few is Matthew's fellow countrywoman Mhairi McKay who carded 1-under-par 71.
Others tried to catch the 7-year veteran to no avail.
Hee-Won Han and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman faired better than most posting a 3-under 69 and 2-under 70 respectively.
Annika Sorenstam and Grace Park both finished at 2-over-par 74 while Karrie Webb carded three birdies as well as six bogeys and a double bogey leaving herself with, perhaps, too much ground to make up tomorrow at 5-over 77.
Defending champion Betsy King finished at 3-over 75 after carding four bogeys and one lone birdie on the par 3 5th.
Play was suspended due to darkness on Thursday. 11 players will finish their first round at 7:15 a.m. on Friday.