First Round Notes – 2016 LPGA T&CP National Championship

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 Reunion Resort
Kissimmee, Florida
First-Round Notes
August 29, 2016

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The first round of the LPGA T&CP National Championship kicked-off on the Palmer Course at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. on Monday and competitors were welcomed by high temperatures and typical afternoon summer storms. Play was suspended for nearly three hours in the afternoon due to dangerous weather in the area.  Play will resume at 7:30am tomorrow with 8 groups left to finish their first.

Lisa Grimes (Alexandria, MN) currently leads the field with a 4-under par 68. PGA Professional Karen Paolozzi (Atlanta, Ga.) shot a 3-under 69 and four-time winner of this Championship Jean Bartholomew is two shots behind with a score of 70 for the first round.

The top-eight finishers in the Championship Division after three rounds will earn spots in the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION LEADERBOARD

Player                                      R1       R2      R3              To Par

Lisa Grimes                            68        – –        – –           -4

Karen Paolozzi                       69        – –        – –           -3

Jean Bartholomew                70        – –         – –         -2

Jessica Carafiello                    71        – –         – –           -1


HOT START FOR HIRST

The 20 competitors in the Challenge Division were glad to get their rounds in on Monday before storms moved in for a second time at Reunion Resort but windy morning conditions proved tough for the field. First-round leader Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, NC.) finished with a 4-under 68 and leads defending Champion, Susan Fasoldt (Sarasota, FL.) and Teresa Ishiguro (Ione, CA.) by four shots.

Hirst, said she had to push through the final stretch to complete her round which included 6 birdies. Consistency was key to her round as Hirst hit every fairway and all but four greens.

Fasoldt on the other hand got off to a slow start as she was three over after her first three holes. From that point however, she birdied 3 out of the 4 par three’s and finished strong with a birdie on her final hole.

CHALLENGE DIVISION LEADERBOARD

Player                                      R1       R2       R3               To Par

Charlaine Hirst                        68        – –         – –          -4

Susan Fasoldt                         72        – –         – –              E

Teresa Ishiguro                       72        – –         – –             E

Teresa Zamboni                      74        – –         – –           +2

Liz Cooper                              74        – –         – –              +2

Tina Tombs                             74        – –         – –             +2

SUSIE STARTS STRONG IN SENIOR DIVISION

In the Senior Division, Susie Meyers (Tucson, AZ.) grabbed the first-round lead after posting a 4-under 68 and sits atop the division leaderboard three strokes ahead of Ann Marie Palli (Scottsdale, AZ.) who was the only other player under par at 71.

Three-time winner and defending Champion, Carolyn Hill (St. Petersburg, FL), Janis Kleiman (McCordsville, IN) and Barb Scherbak (West Palm Beach, FL.) all shot respective rounds of even par 72 and are 4 strokes behind Meyers.

Meyers is no stranger to strong starts in this Championship. She said the day was a straight for­ward round and was able to convert on her birdie chances. Meyers had 7 birdies including a stretch of 4 in a row on holes 13 through 16.

SENIOR DIVISION LEADERBOARD

Player                          R1       R2       R3              To Par

Susie Meyers              68        – –         – –           -4

Ann Marie Palli           71        – –         – –          -1

Carolyn Hill                 72        – –        – –            E

Janis Kleiman             72        – –         – –            E

Barb Scherbak            72        – –         – –            E

SECOND ROUND TEE TIMES

  • First wave tees off at 8:00am ET – (30-minute delay)
  •  Second wave tees off at 11:30am ET


QUOTABLE

“I waited three hours to make my final par putt of the day.”

Barb Scherbak on the rain delay at the National Championship

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