Scranton Suprises Everone


Nancy Scranton, a new member of the 40-something club shot a spectacular first round 7-under-par 64 edging out the rest of the field by at least two strokes.
Well, aren't all us old Americans winning? She quipped referring to recent wins by fellow veterans Betsy King at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and Rosie Jones win at the Kathy Ireland Championship.
Scrantons round consisted of six birdies, one bogey and an eagle on the closing hole. It was really solid today. 18 was great, Scranton beamed. I hit a very good drive there.
The Florida resident has battled with loose joints virtually her whole life and most recently has overcome physical pain in her shoulders caused by wear and tear over the years so Thursdays success was a surprise to many - but not to Scranton. I just did a lot of things the way I had planned to. And you always have a plan, but you can't always do it.
The long time veteran and winner of the 1991 du Maurier Ltd. Classic performed much as she did in 1991. After barely making the cut at du Maurier in 91, Scranton - site of her first win - she went on to record a career-low 64 in the third round and then capture the title.
Wycagyl is a tough old course with penalizing rough around the greens and narrow fairways. And Scranton likes it.
I've always really liked this course. I don't think I've ever had a great tournament, but I've always really felt good here and felt like I should play well here. I don't think I've ever had a great tournament here. I like small greens and very well defined targets.
I just haven't been making as many mistakes. I've been putting decent. The last few weeks I haven't made a lot of putts. And sometimes that's the way it goes. But I made some today and that's good for the confidence to see the ball go in the hole.
Michele Redman trails Scranton by two at 5-under-par 66 while Hee-Won Han holds third place at 4-under 67.
Redman, fresh off of a two-week break, could very well be a contender this weekend.
I've played here a lot. I think I know the course really well. And I know that there are times out here when you can go for it and when you can't. And you have to pick and choose. It's just like every course but this course particularly just because of the greens. The greens can get really quick out here and I think they're probably going to get firm.
Betsy King also had a banner day shooting 68 to tie with Jenny Park-Choi , Kris Tschetter, Wendy Ward, Mi Hyun Kim and Laura Diaz at 3-under.
Annika Sorenstam got off to a less than stellar start recording 1-over-par 72 during the first round.
Laurie Brower withdrew after 8 holes Thursday due to a hand injury. Eva Dahllof withdrew from her second event in the last two weeks plagued by a reoccuring injury. Mardi Lunn, suffering with a wrist injury, also withdrew on Thurday after completing the first round and recording 82.