Trio Leads the Way at Angus Glen


August 16, 2001 -- LPGA Tour veteran Rosie Jones recorded a scorching seven-under-par 65 during the first round of the inaugural Canadian Womens Open. The 41-year-old shot an error-free round recording 7 birdies in the process.
'I like playing up in Canada. I love Canadians and I think they are really nice, fun people.'
Jones was the sole leader of the event until Se Ri Pak, winner of the British Women's Open, moved up the leaderboard from 4-under-par late in the day to finish tied for the lead.
Kelly Robbins was the final player to match the leaders score. She did so, in part, by making birdie on three of the four par-5's on Thursday.
'I actually really didnt hit it very well today,' Robbins said. 'I know that sounds strange. I just didnt make any mistakes. I hit it very straight. When I would miss a tee shot type of thing, I would make a good recovery shot.'
Rosie Jones is just one of the 40-something crowd that have reasserted themselves in the past few seasons. So far shes finished in the top-10 eight times this season including two victories.
'I have been working really hard on my swing and it's not quite exactly right on where I want it but I'm hitting good shots when I need them and, you know, really putting well. I haven't made any mistakes with my putter and making the putts when I should.'
Jones a native of Santa Ana, CA out played Mi Hyun Kim in a sudden-death playoff at the Kathy Ireland Championship to win her first tournament of the season and take home her 11th LPGA Tour career victory. She then went on to take home her second victory of the season just four months later at the Sybase Big Apple Classic.
'The golf course is set up good for me this week. I think it's tight,' Jones said 'It's not too long'
Barb Mucha recorded 6-under-par through the 12th. Mucha teed off the backside this afternoon making back-to-back birdies right out of the gate. She went on to birdie two more times before making the turn at 4-under-par.
Another set of back-to-back birdies on the front nine left her one stroke off lead. Mucha has been a member of the LPGA Tour since 1986. She has had only one top ten finish this season.
Trailing the lead by two strokes are Diana DAlessio, and Charlotta Sorenstam. Both finished the day at 5-under-par and in second place.
Silvia Cavalleri of Milan, Italy lead the tournament early in the day and finished 3-under-par 69 tied for 15th. Cavalleri played picture perfect golf making the turn at 5-under 31. On the par-4 10th her problems began after she recorded bogey and followed with another bogey on the par-4 13th then a final bogey on the par-4 18th.