Friday, April 30, 2004
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Clayton News Daily
By Doug Gorman and Jeffery Armstrong
Former CFA champion Val Skinner (1996) has withdrawn from this year's tournamet because of an ankle sprain. Mardi Lunn, who was listed as an alternate, replaced her in the field.
Lunn fired a one-under 73 in her first round.
Flying high: The par-4 466 yard 18th hole was good to two former CFA champions on day one of the tournament. Se Ri Pak, last year's tournament champion, and Laura Davies (1995) each eagled the hole to put themselves among the leaders after the first day of the four-round event.
Pak shot a 68 and began defense of her title at 4-under par. Davis finished with a 2-under par 70.
Double-duty: Nancy Lopez stays busy whenever she plays in the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship. In addition to playing in the event, the LPGA Hall of Fame member also serves as tournament host for the event, lending her name to the tournament.
Thursday afternoon she shot a 77 and finished 5-over par.
One more win should do: With one more tournament win, Se Ri Pak will earn the one point she needs to get the required 27 points for the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame. If she wins the Chick-fil-A, Pak will be the 23rd LPGA Hall of Famer.
Learning from the best: Lorie Kane is a very observant golfer, paying attention to the way No. 1-ranked LPGA golfer Annika Sorenstam carries herself and getting good information about golf from Tiger Woods' book.
"We are very blessed to have an Annika Sorenstam on our tour, similar to what the gentlemen have in Tiger on their tour," Kane said. "When you have a chance to play with players as great as the two of them are, you're going to learn something, and if you don't you're missing out. Anytime you can play with somebody of Annika's caliber, you're going to take some things away from it."