Rookie Joins Scranton and Company On Top

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Nancy Scranton got off to a rocky start Friday. Scranton, who has missed only one cut this season and flirted with victory recording two top-5 finishes so far, started the day with four consecutive pars before recording a painful double-bogey on the par 4 14th. After following with birdie-bogey on the next two holes Scranton, who started the day on the 10th tee, was able to regain her composure enough to make the turn at 2-over-par. She took it to 7-under through the 14th but fell back to 6-under by the time she made it to the 16th.
 
The 16-year-veteran had company at the top of the leaderboard today.
 
Texas cutie Wendy Ward showed her prowess Thursday recording an error-free 3-under-par 68. Also, starting the day on the 10th, Ward played through 29 holes bogey-free. On the way she made four birdies to join Scranton at 6-under-par in a tie for the lead. Ward bogeyed her first hole of the tournament on the par-5 3rd to fall off the lead by one.
 
Ward holds two career victories to her name and has recorded 5 top-10 finishes this season. She has a second place finish at the Champions Classic and a tie for second at the Wegmans Rochester International. Most recently she finished in a tie for 3rd at the McDonalds LGPA Championship.
 
Ward was not the only player to match 6-under. Cristie Kerr and Mi Hyun Kim both applied pressure by moving up the leaderboard with 4-under through the 16th and 3-under through the 14th respectivly.
 
Michele Redman is still in the hunt at 6-under after making the turn today at even par and going on to record two birdies and a bogey through the 16th.
 
Hee-Won Han, the rookie from Korea, jumped up the leaderboard late in the day by recording 3-under-par through the 8th. She was tied for the lead with Scranton until making double-bogey on the par-4 9th. Han has made it through seven Monday qualifiers this year ' six of which were consecutive through the Jamie Farr. Standing 55, Han qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt. She is a non-exempt member of the LPGA Tour and after this years performance it looks as if the former JLPGA 1998 Rookie of the Year is up for 2001 LPGA rookie of the year.
 
Annika Sorenstam bettered her first round score by three today shooting 3-under-69 to remain entangled with the pack at 1-under-par. Sorenstam recorded five bogeys during the first round and four during todays performance. Her improvement in score came not through a reduction of errors but instead an increase of accuracy on fairways and greens resulting in six birdies. With an average driving distance of 239 Sorenstams accuracy is imperative on these narrow fairways.
 

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