Sorenstam up 3 in first go at U.S. Senior Open

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Annika Sorenstam shot a 3-under 69, racing to complete earlier than darkish, to take a three-stroke lead Friday within the U.S. Senior Girls’s Open.

The 50-year-old Sorenstam, a three-time U.S. Girls’s Open champion making her first look within the senior occasion, birdied Nos. 7-9 to get to eight underneath and closed with pars on Nos. 1 and a pair of at Brooklawn Nation Membership.

Enjoying accomplice and fellow Swede Liselotte Neumann was second, birdieing the ultimate two holes for a 69. She gained the 1988 U.S. Girls’s Open to turn out to be the primary Swedish main champion.

Fifteen gamers had been unable to complete the spherical. The primary-round was accomplished Friday morning after rain prevented half the sphere from ending Thursday.

Beginner Ellen Port (69) and Yuko Saito (70) had been 4 underneath. The 59-year-old Port, a instructor in St. Louis, is a seven-time USGA champion.

Rosie Jones (70), Kris Tschetter (72) and Dana Ebster (74) had been 3 underneath. Catriona Matthew was the one different participant underneath par. She was 2 underneath with three holes left.

Tschetter performed a five-hole stretch in 5 underneath — capped by an eagle on the par-5 eighth — to offset two double bogeys and a bogey.

Ebster, tied with Sorenstam for the first-round lead after a 67, is a part-time golf teacher and assistant coach at Modesto Junior Faculty in California.

Previous champions Helen Alfredsson (72) and Laura Davies (75) had been 2 over. Davies was within the group with Sorenstam and Neumann.

Juli Inkster was 3 over after a 74.

JoAnne Carner, at 82 the oldest participant to compete in a USGA championship, shot a 78 to overlook the reduce at 18 underneath. She opened with an 82. She performed alongside Port and seven-time USGA champion Carol Semple Thompson.

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