Albers Aces Her Way to LPGA Lead


2004 WendyDUBLIN, Ohio -- Kristi Albers aced the 17th hole, then posted a 5-under-par 67 on Thursday to take the lead during the suspended first round of the Wendy's Championship for Children.
The first round was suspended after a second weather delay on Thursday. The first stoppage was due to thunder and lightning in the area, but the second came when heavy rain hit Tartan Fields Golf Club.
Players will return to Tartan Fields to complete the first round Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. ET. The second round is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. as tee times are pushed back one hour and 45 minutes.
Defending champion Hee-Won Han is 5 under par through 16 holes while Ji Yeon Lee is 5 under through 13. Suzann Pettersen is 4 under par with one to play.
Michelle Wie, the 14-year-old who lost in the second round of match play at last week's U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, is 3 over par through 11 holes.
She made a mess of the first hole, her 10th of the round. Wie air-mailed the green with her approach then hit a terrible chip that ran through the green. She finally chipped on and two-putted from 15 feet for a double bogey.
Albers had much better luck in the first round.
Albers began on the 10th tee Thursday and things did not look good at the start. She pulled her approach on the 10th then hit a poor chip that stayed on the fringe. Albers had to make a 5-footer for bogey and she did, but the round would get better.
She rebounded at the 13th when she hit a pitching-wedge to 2 feet. Albers parred three in a row before the magical ace at 17.
Albers used a 9-iron at the 135-yard hole and thought it was a poor shot. She begged it to get up and the ball landed on the front of the green and rolled in for the hole in one.
'I hit it thin and I was saying, get up, get up, and it hit on the front of the green and it rolled,' said Albers, who has only one victory, the 1993 Sprint Classic. 'It was dead on the hole and it just disappeared. I said to my playing partners, please don't tell people how I just hit that shot. It was a good miss.'
Albers hit a sand-wedge to 8 feet to set up birdie at the second. She chipped in from 40 feet for birdie at the fifth, then closed her round with a birdie at the ninth.
'I wasn't playing all that well, just struggling a little bit. And then on 17, I made a hole-in-one and all of a sudden I'm 2 under,' said Albers. 'I just played a little better after that.'
Han tallied five birdies through 13 holes before play was called the first time. She fell out of the lead when she bogeyed the par-4 fifth, but birdied No. 7 to reclaim a piece of first.
Lee tallied five birdies and two bogeys through her first 12, but eagled the par-5 fourth, her 13th.
Dottie Pepper, who is retiring at the end of the season due to a myriad of injuries, carded a 3-under 69 on Thursday. She is tied for fifth with Nancy Scranton and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, while Mi Hyun Kim and Lorie Kane are at the same number through 16 holes.
Jean Bartholomew, Laura Diaz, Kelly Robbins, Soo-Yun Kang, Jeong Jang and Tammie Green are in the clubhouse at 2-under-par 70. Michele Redman and Wendy Ward are tied at 2 under through 17, Rachel Teske and Kate Golden are through 15, while Marilyn Lovander is minus-2 through 13.
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