SUN CITY WEST, Ariz., March 7, 2015 – Wisconsin native Martha Nause, who moved to Arizona earlier this year, made herself right at home on top of the leaderboard in today’s opening round of the LPGA Legends Tour’s 4th annual Walgreens Charity Championship. Nause carded a 5-under-par score of 67 at Grandview Golf Course for a one-shot lead over Scottsdale resident and LPGA Hall of Famer Betsy King and Florida’s Laurie Rinker, both at 4-under 68.
"My driver was on and I only mishit one or two shots out there,” said Nause, whose one win on the Legends Tour came at the 2006 HyVee Classic. “I played very solidly and felt really good over the ball and, for the most part, selected the right club for my approaches into these very firm greens."
Nause has spent the winter months in Arizona playing matches with friends and working on her swing to prepare for this week’s season opener. She recorded bogeys on holes 3 and 11 in today’s first round, but countered with a tap-in birdie on No. 9, and a highlight of three consecutive birdies on holes 12, 13 and 14 on her back nine.
"I have been working on the mental side and keeping my head in the game,” added Nause, who won three times during her LPGA Tour career, including a victory at the 1994 du Maurier Classic -- then one of the LPGA’s major championships.
“Win or lose, I feel good about my effort and have stopped putting so much pressure on myself, which has really helped my confidence," Nause said.
LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, Rosie Jones, Barb Moxness and Sherri Steinhauer are tied for fourth at 3-under 69. Nine players are within three shots of the lead.
Sunday’s final round tee times start at 9 a.m., with the leaders starting at 1 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time).
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Here are Sunday’s final-round pairings for the Walgreens Charity Classic:
9 a.m. JoAnne Carner, Lori West
9:10 a.m. Patty Sheehan, Nancy Lopez
9:20 a.m. Amy Alcott, Lori Atsedes
9:30 a.m. Cindy Rarick, Nancy Scranton
9:40 a.m. Cindy Figg-Currier, Allison Finney
9:50 a.m. Pat Bradley, Cindy Schreyer
10 a.m. Val Skinner, Christa Johnson
10:10 a.m. Tina Tombs, Anne Marie Palli
10:20 a.m. Danielle Ammaccapane, Jan Stephenson
10:30 a.m. Kathryn Young-Robyn, Jane Crafter
10:40 a.m. Lisa Grimes, Amy Fruhwirth
10:50 a.m. Lorie Kane, Liselotte Neumann
11 a.m. Susie Berning (SLD), Jane Blalock (SLD)
11:10 a.m. Donna Caponi (SLD), Sandra Palmer (SLD)
11:20 a.m. Sandra Haynie (SLD), Judy Dickinson (SLD)
11:30 a.m. Marilyn Lovander, Sherri Turner
11:40 a.m. Hollis Stacy, Alicia Dibos
11:50 a.m. Michelle McGann, Pat Hurst
12 p.m. Jenny Lidback, Dawn Coe-Jones
12:10 p.m. Lisa DePaulo, Wendy Doolan
12:20 p.m. Barb Mucha, Michele Redman
12:30 p.m. Juli Inkster, Kris Tschetter
12:40 p.m. Rosie Jones, Sherri Steinhauer
12:50 p.m. Betsy King, Barb Moxness
1:00 p.m. Martha Nause, Laurie Rinker
*SLD denotes Senior Legends Division
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