Friday, December 6, 2013
By Tom Chard email@example.com
FALMOUTH - The Legends dodged a downpour Saturday as Rosie Jones picked up where she left off in April, grabbing a share of the lead in the opening round of the Hannaford Community Challenge at the Falmouth Country Club.
Rosie Jones watches a putt Saturday during the opening round of the Legends Tour event at Falmouth Country Club. She finished with a 2-under 70 to tie for the lead.
Photos by John Patriquin/Staff Photographer
Pat Bradley, left, exchanges a high-five with Nancy Lopez. The two Hall of Famers drew the largest gallery but turned in disappointing first-round scores.
Three at the top
Cindy Figg-Currier 70
Rosie Jones 70
Lori West 70
Three right behind
Marilyn Lovander 71
Val Skinner 71
Sherri Turner 71
Hollis Stacy 75
Jan Stephenson 75
Patty Sheehan 76
Pat Bradley 78
Nancy Lopez 83
Jones, of Atlanta, who won the opening Legends Tour event in Arizona, found herself in a three-way tie for the lead after shooting a 2-under 70.
Mother Nature continued to smile on the women; the rain held off until the final group was finishing up. The sun shined for most of the day after morning clouds threatened to put a damper on the event.
Jones, playing in the third- to-last group, is tied with Lori West of Del Mar, Calif., and Cindy Figg-Currier of Austin, Texas.
"So far so good," said Jones. "I made a couple of birdies on the front nine. I had no bogeys in my round. I played a solid round of golf. I'll take that."
Jones nearly holed a long putt for birdie on the par-4 15th hole and lipped out in her try for a birdie on the par-3 16th.
Jones said she struggled with her swing on holes 12 and 13, and was just trying to get to the clubhouse.
"I had a couple of chances for birdies but I just didn't get the putter hot on the back nine.
"The course played longer than in the pro-am on Thursday. The fairways got softer because of the rain overnight. The greens are awesome. They were holding. We play a lot of courses on the Legends Tour and this is one of the best ones."
West finished her round with birdies on 17 and 18. She had five birdies overall and three bogeys. West hit her second shot to the 18th green about 5 feet away.
"I snuck it in. I'm thrilled with my round," said West, who didn't start playing golf until she was 22.
"It's a really hard golf course. I don't think there will be a lot of low scores. Two-under par could win it."
West played 18 years on the LPGA Tour with no wins.
"The Legends Tour has been really good to me. I have two wins," she said.
Figg-Currier had three birdies and one bogey. Her last birdie came on the par-5 17th. She nearly rolled in a long birdie putt on 18.
"I felt like I left a few out there," she said.
"This course is a good challenge. It forces you to use every club in the bag. This is my first time in Maine. I'm from Michigan so this is similar terrain."
Also finishing under par were Marilyn Lovander, Val Skinner and Sherri Turner at 1-under 71. Nobody shot even par 72. Grouped at 1-over 73 were Barb Moxness, Barb Mucha, Martha Nause and Sherri Steinhauer.
LPGA Hall of Famers Pat Bradley and Nancy Lopez, paired in the last group, had the largest gallery but struggled, shooting 78 and 83, respectively.
The leader after today's final round will receive a check for $30,000.
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Donna Caponi, left, and Patty Sheehan enjoy a light moment before the start of play Saturday. Caponi finished with an 82 while Sheehan had a 76.
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Hollis Stacy tries a little body language on a putt for birdie at the sixth hole at Falmouth Country Club. She finished at 3-over 75.