Rock Solid Round for Daniels


Daniel, BethFirst round leader and Hall of Fame member Beth Daniel played a rock solid round of 5-under-par 67 during the first day of the Evian Masters. Although her play was not without errors - Nos. 1 and 4, both par 4s, gave her trouble in the form of bogeys. Daniels, owner of 32 career victories on the LPGA Tour, had nothing to lose in this round.
I had a bad week in Rochester (last week). I couldnt get anything going, Daniels lamented. So I spent the weekend working on my game and started to see signs of encouragement. Id been having trouble driving the ball. Last week, I missed a bunch of fairways, and I came her and started the exact same way. But I managed to turn it around. Sometimes, you can do that, sometimes you cant.
Today was a can do day for the 22-year veteran. Daniel went on to record six birdies in her round as well as a poignant eagle on the 425-yard par 5 last where she used her 4 iron from 190 yards to launch her ball strait into the cup. It was a very nice way to finish the day.
Trailing Daniel by a stroke is Wendy Ward with a 4-under 68. Ward, who incurred a lone bogey during her round, matched with five birdies ' one of which was a stellar recovery after her third shot on the 490-yard, par 5 9th found its way into the bunker. The Texan holed her bunker shot from 20 feet to save birdie. 24 putts today, Ward exclaimed. That may be a record for me. But then I had some good saves too with my putter. I was just real solid.
Yu Ping Lin tied with Ward after recording 4-under-par 68 by way of 7 birdies and 3 bogeys.
Annika Sorenstam,Jackie Gallagher-Smith, Sophie Gustafson, Dorothy Delasin, Se Ri Pak, Maria Hjorth, Raquel Carriedo and Pat Hurst all came in at 3-under 69. Their scores are very respectable considering the difficulty of the greens and prevailing winds. Its a fun golf course, Hurst said following the first round. It can be tough at times, and some of the pins today were tucked behind bunkers and stuff like that.
Its (the course) nice, Delasin matched. The fairways are kind of tight. You have a lot of placement shots out there.
Defending champion Annika Sorenstam must have felt as if she were on a roller coaster ride Wednesday. She recorded birdie, bogey, eagle, birdie, bogey, and birdie through the 13th hole. The winner of last years event will have some ground to make up in order to catch the lions share of the $2,100,000 purse.
Sorenstam, having finished two strokes ahead of arch rival Karrie Webb who shot 35-36 to end the day tied for 16th at 1-under-par.
This event does not have a cut. 78 pros will play through the conclusion of the event on Saturday. The first group tees off at 8:00 a.m. local time.
Full-field scores for the Evian Masters