Tschetter Leads After First Round


The first round of the Standard Register PING finished with Kris Tschetter leading the way. Tschetter opened with a 9-under-par 63.
Undaunted by the changes made to Moon Valley Country Club, Tschetter recorded an error free round Thursday. You Know, I really love the changes, she said. I didnt want them to (make changes) because I always liked this course. I just think the changes are really, really good.
Tschetter has made an incredible comeback after missing eight months of golf due to hip injuries. Well, my hip feels really good, she said. Im still lacking in a little stamina and Im not quite a hundred percent and that stresses my back just a little bit. So Im, Im being very careful.
Once again Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak rise like cream. The two shot 7-under-par 65 to finish just two strokes off the lead. One has to wonder if well see the same duel as last week where Sorenstam won her first event of the 2001 season at the Welchs/Circle K Championship after outplaying Se Ri Pak on the final day.
I feel so good about my game, Sorenstam said. I mean, I feel like Im playing where I am hitting it well. I looked at the leader board before I teed-off, and I saw so many red numbers, but I still didnt feel the pressure because I knew I had a round in me and I just went out and hit some good shots and in the end they just paid off really well.
Pak recorded no bogeys and, along with five birdies, made eagle on the 476-yard par 5 8th. She used her driver then 5-iron to leave a three-foot putt, which she had no problem sending to the bottom of the cup. I felt really great when I started the golf course, excited, and just fun, Pak said.
Pak is having a very good 2001 season so far. Se Ri, winner of the YourLife Vitamins LGPA Classic, took five weeks off after competing in The Office Depot, where she finished tied for 31st place. Her first event back (Welchs/Circle K) she finished tied for second and now, just one week later, she staking out her territory on the leader board once again.
Defending champion Charlotta Sorenstam has got some ground to make up after shooting 39-35 to finish two-over-par 73. Charlotta recorded her first and only win at Moon Valley in 2000. The extensive changes made to Moon Valley make it play like a different course than the one she won on. In addition, the younger Sorenstam has missed two cuts this season and her best finish so far has been a tie for 21st at the LGPA Takefuji Classic.
Tschetter tees off the front side today at 1:30 PM. She is pared with Susan Ginter who is 2-over-par and Jody Anschutz who is 4-over-par.