Tschetter Leads Entering Final Round


On a day when only half the field was on the golf course Kris Tschetter went out and captured the lead after completing the second round of the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship in Augusta, S.C.
Tschetter shot a 5-under-par 67 Saturday and now leads the event by one stroke at 9-under. She recorded seven birdies and two bogeys in the process.
It feels good, she said of her position.
Tschetter was one of 24 morning groups lucky enough to finish her first round on Thursday before inclement weather forced tournament officials to shorten the event to 54-holes. The other 24 groups completed their first rounds Friday morning and their second rounds Friday afternoon.
Tschetter and more than 70 other competitors had Friday off after fog further delayed play on Friday morning.
I think the people that are in my situation that got this flip, it was a definite advantage. We got better greens (today),' Tschetter said.
Due to injuries in her left hip of the labrum and cartilage, the 14-year-veteran has struggled with her game.
Thats always kind of the goal, she said. To try to get yourself in position and have a chance going into the last day, and I havent done a very good job with that. Ive struggled a little bit just with my back and my hip this year, and its been week-to-week, kind of depending on how I feel.
Tschetter has worked hard to strengthen her muscles as well as her game this year and can be seen sitting between shots on a little chair that her caddie carries around for her.
This season shes finished in the top-10 five times earning more than $248,000 (40th place on the money list). This is a vast improvement from 2000 when she made only seven of 15 cuts and earned less than $60,000, finishing 117th in earnings.
Im surprised that I havent won more than I have, but, you know, I dont really have an answer for it. Im not the most consistent player in the world.
Tschetters last victory - the 1992 Northgate Computer Classic ' was also her first. A win this week would add another $180,000 to her earnings this season.
Tracy Hanson and Laura Diaz are one stroke off the lead at 8-under-par. Hanson recorded a 6-under-par 66 while Diaz shot 3-under-par 69.
Annika Sorenstam, the No. 1 player in the world, also shot 69 during the second round Saturday. Sorenstams group was the only afternoon group to finish all 18 holes prior to the lightning delays.
Seventy-five players made the cut, which fell at 2-over-par. Karrie Webb just squeaked by at even par after shooting a second-day score of 1-over 73.
Kellee Booth (76), Gloria Park (76), Chris Johnson (80) and Kathy Grant (88) all withdrew after completing the first round.
This is the last LPGA Tour event that counts toward ranking on the money list for consideration for 2002 exempt status. It also marks the final event for rookies to earn points toward the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award.
Full-field scores from the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship