NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Colleen Walker shot a 5-under-par 30 on the front nine in the opening round of the LPGA Big Apple Classic yesterday at Wykagyl Country Club.
When she birded No. 11 with a 20-foot putt, Walker seemed ready to challenge the course-record 63 that propeled Betsy King to victory last year.
"Then, for three holes I took a nap," Walker said.
She went bogey-bogey-double bogey on the 12th, 13th and 14th holes.
"But I got a little mad at myself, had a little talk with myself, and brought it back."
She did so with a birdie at 15 and another at 18 to finish at 67, 4-under and one shot ahead of Anne-Marie Palli of France in the $500,000 tournament.