Another record for Alfredsson

July 23, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

LAKE ORION, Mich. -- Helen Alfredsson would like to make a clean sweep of the scoring honors for the U.S. Women's Open championship.

She set the 54-hole record of 207 last year, and she has taken care of the low 18 and low 36 here with scores of 63 and 132.

She accounted for the latter yesterday, when she posted a 2-under-par 69, leaving her at 10-under par for two trips over this rolling countryside about 35 miles north of Detroit. The round was completed just moments ahead of a severe thunderstorm that delayed play for 2 hours, 8 minutes.

Alfredsson had a four-shot lead on her closest pursuer, Laura Davies, with Patty Sheehan and Michelle Estill another stroke back.

When darkness halted play at 9:15 p.m., there were 15 players on the course who will complete their rounds this morning, including Baltimorean Tina Barrett (7-over for 17 holes after bogeying the 16th and 17th) and Bethesda's Kim Williams (4-over for 17 holes). The cut will fall at 147 (5-over).

"It's always hard to follow a day like yesterday [Thursday]," Alfredsson said. "It's funny, though, because I missed about three five-footers in the first six holes. I was getting closer to the pin but wasn't making the putts. That was the difference for me."

Where she had 24 putts in the first round, including 12 one-putts, the number rose to 31 in the second round.

For the round, she had three birdies and a bogey, her first of the tournament. She rolled in a five-foot putt at the seventh; a 35-footer at the par-5 12th; and a four-footer at the 18th after striking a superb 8-iron shot to the huge, undulating surface.

At the 204-yard 13th, "I just hit it right, chipped short and two-putted," she said of the bogey.

Alfredsson, 29, is a native of Goteborg, Sweden, and a graduate of U.S. International University in San Diego with a degree in international business. As an amateur, she was the Swedish national champion six times.

In 2 1/2 years on the LPGA Tour, she has one victory, the Dinah Shore Classic last year, and has earned more than three-quarters of a million dollars.

For the past six weeks, Alfredsson, 5 feet 10 with reddish-brown hair, won the Evian tournament in France, had a ninth and a seventh on the LPGA Tour, a fourth at Cologne in another Women's European tour event, and a return to this country where she was 10th last week in the JAL Big Apple Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Of the pursuers, Donna Andrews closed to within a stroke when she birdied the first three holes, but an out-of-bounds shot led to a triple-bogey at the ninth.

Davies was among the last to finish and was aided by an eagle-3 (90-yard pitching wedge) at the eighth to get to 68136.

Sheehan bogeyed the last hole for 71 and a 5-under-par 137, where she tied Estill (68).

NOTES: Amy Alcott surged up the leader board with a 5-under-par 67 and a 36-hole total of 138. In 82 rounds over the course of 22 Opens (she has never missed a cut in 20 professional starts, after missing twice as an amateur), this was her lowest round. . . . Pam Wright, a six-year tour veteran from Aboyne, Scotland, had six birdies on the last nine for 35-3065, a second-round Open record. The 30 is an Open record for nine holes.

Sarah LeBrun Ingram birdied three times in a four-hole stretch of the front nine, did a great job of stringing pars together, then faltered with two late bogeys for 71145. There was the 188-yard 17th, where she missed the green long, chipped back to eight feet and missed the putt. At the 18th, she did not hit a good chip from the left fringe for her third shot, and her par putt ran by the hole. . . . Former Kensington resident Michelle Mackall had her best Open showing in three starts, 78-75153.

Robbie Caliolo, Pat Bradley's caddy of four weeks, received a possible broken right leg when he tried to hurdle a fence to the right of the ninth fairway. Bradley had hit a shot near the fence and he was attempting to get out of her way. While Caliolo, 36, from Long Island, N.Y., went to a hospital for X-rays (he had broken each leg once before), Tony Davies (Laura Davies' brother), who was watching his sister -- she was in the group with Bradley -- took over the bag. He had caddied for Laura when the Englishwoman won the 1987 Open.

U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN

The leader . . .

Helen Alfredsson 63-69--132

, . . . and selected followers

Laura Davies ......... 68-68--136

Michelle Estill ...... 69-68--137

Patty Sheehan ........ 66-71--137

Amy Alcott ....... ... 71-67--138

Pat Bradley ...... ... 72-69--141

Liselotte Neumann .... 69-72--141

Lauri Merten ......... 74-68--142

Beth Daniel .......... 69-74--143

Nancy Lopez .......... 73-71--144

Sarah LeBrun Ingram... 74-71--145

Complete scores: 4C

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