Ritzman glad to survive gusts in second place

May 14, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Alice Ritzman said it best for all the survivors of two rounds of the McDonald's LPGA championship when she declared, "I'm lucky to be where I am."

The first-day co-leader, a 16-year tour veteran, is one shot out of the lead after a 2-over-par 73 and a 36-hole total of 141.

This was a bright, sunny day, but a wind that gusted to 35 mph "made it a nightmare," according to Ritzman. "When the conditions are like this, you hope to hit it solidly. When you don't, the wind accentuates your problems."

It did create problems for the field, as the horror stories were many.

Shelley Hamlin shot 80, and managed to make the cut at 151. She was one of 38 players to shoot 78 or worse. Ritzman usually plays well in the wind and is in the top 10 in fairways hit, but she had trouble with both this time. Still, after bogeys at the first two holes, she was even-par for the last 16.

An especially hard gust of wind surprised her the most, as she bogeyed the 17th. "The hole was playing 146 yards -- 6-iron distance for me -- and I came up 10 yards short and in a terrible lie." She chipped to four feet, then rimmed out the putt. Later, she said of the round, "No highlights."

Barrett struggles to 77

Tina Barrett had the next-to-last afternoon time and struggled through the round. She had three bogeys on each side for 77 and a 150 total. Of the other area competitors, Kim Williams, who plays from Bethesda CC, had 80-75--155, and Troy Beck, an assistant professional at Glenn Dale GC, 79-80--159.

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