Fry, Peterka shoot 74s to lead stroke play GOLF

August 11, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Bonnie Fry and Cindy Peterka, winners of eight titles between them, posted par 74s to take the first-round lead in the 49th annual stroke-play championship of the Women's Golf Association at Hunt Valley Golf Club yesterday.

The strongest field in tournament history responded to excellent course conditions with the best scores in tournament history. There were 18 starters with single-digit handicaps, and nine of them broke 80.

In past years, it was not unusual to have fewer than a half-dozen rounds in the 70s for a whole tournament.

Fry, whose six titles place her third behind Mary Ann Cooke (12) and Evelyn Glick (seven) on the event's all-time list, had three birdies and three bogeys, and Peterka, four birdies and four bogeys, with three of the birdies coming in a seven-hole stretch on the back (Red) nine.

Pam Soliman, the 1991 champion, and Leigh Farrell shot 75s followed by Joan Lins, the Senior leader, 76, and Joan Winchester, the 1971 winner, 77.

Farrell and Soliman joined Peterka with four birdies. Joanne Salerno (79) capped her round with an eagle-3, making a 10-foot putt at the 17th hole (Red eight), where use of the forward tee made the par-5 reachable in two.

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