Wie in Striking Distance at US Amateur


Gladwyne, Pa. - Michelle Wie was one of the few golfers on Monday to get in 18 holes during the rain-shortened first round of the 103rd U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
The 13-year-old Wie carded a two-over-par 73 and sits four strokes back of leader Katie Allison, who managed to complete just nine holes. Allison, from Mahwah, New Jersey, was sitting at two-under-par when darkness ended play at the Philadelphia Country Club.
Allison birdied the second hole, but followed with a bogey six at the par- five, 559-yard third. She did, however, respond immediately with a birdie at the fourth and added another at the eighth to enter the turn at two under before the skies opened up once again.
The round was marred by three rain-induced stoppages, as thunderstorms rolled in and out of the area throughout the day. One delay lasted two hours and 36 minutes, while another stretched one hour and 21 minutes.
Erica Blasberg, In-Bee Park and Sarah Sasse all stand one back at one-under- par after their first round. All three golfers completed a full round despite several rain delays.
'Its hard on rhythm,' Blasberg explained of fighting through the elements. 'You get in a rhythm out there, and I was hitting the ball pretty good, and then I come out on the last two holes and Im just so tight and nothing was really working, so I got out of there with a couple pars, thankfully.'
Blasberg, who will be entering her sophomore year at the University of Arizona this fall, continues to play well this year. She was named National Golf Coaches Associations Freshman of the Year for the 2002-03 season.
Defending champion Becky Lucidi finished tied for 21st after posting a three- over-par 74.
The first round of stroke play will be continued at 7:30 a.m. (et) on Tuesday. The second round will then begin upon completion of the first.