South Korea’s Han leads U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifying
WEST NEWTON, Mass. (AP) _ South Korea’s Han Hee-won shot a 5-under-par 68 on Monday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of qualifying for the 97th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
Han, 19, making for first appearance in the tournament, won the individual title in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, and led South Korea to the overall crown in the November event in the Philippines.
Virginia Derby Grimes, 33, of Montgomery, Ala., opened with a 70 on the 6,130-yard Brae Burn Country Club course.
``I don’t have any complaints,″ Grimes said. ``I had the putter working. I just tried to hit fairways and greens and stay out of trouble.′
Marisa Baena, 20, of Colombia, the runner-up last year to Kelli Kuehne at Lincoln, Neb., was three back after a 71. Kuehne, also the 1995 winner, turned professional late last year.
Lisa Penske of Bethleham, Pa., shot a 72, while Grace Park of Phoenix; Dorothy Delasin of Daly City, Calif.; Silvia Cavalleri Italy; Amy Dahle of Red Lake Falls, Minn.; Andrea Baxter of Eagle, Idaho; and Eve Lux, of Highland, N.Y., followed at 74.
The 147-player field will be cut to the low 64 for match play after Tuesday’s second round of qualifying. The 36-hole final is Saturday.