DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Nov. 6, 2015 – Wendy Doolan and Liselotte Neumann share the opening-round lead at the Walgreens Charity Championship presented by The Seagate Country Club. Doolan of Australia and Sweden’s Neumann each carded rounds of 4-under 68 on a sunny and unseasonably warm day in South Florida. Doolan grabbed the clubhouse lead about two hours before Neumann moved up the leaderboard and joined her in the afternoon.
“It’s all about what you hit off the tee to keep the ball in play,” said Doolan, 46, a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour who resides in Lakeland, Fla. “I hit the right clubs off the tee today and I made a few putts early, so that gave me some confidence.”
In her opening round, Doolan birdied three of her last five holes on the front nine to make the turn at 3-under 33. She carded two birdies and a bogey on the back to cruise home at one under. All of her birdies were within 15 feet.
“The greens are good here and if you hit the putt on line, it’s going to go in,” added Doolan, who has recorded two top-10 finishes in three Legends Tour events this year, including a fourth-place finish in April.
Neumann birdied four of her first six holes and made the nine-hole turn at 4-under 32.
Like Doolan, Neumann’s putter was blazing hot in the opening round. The Swede drained a 15-footer for birdie on the first hole, followed by a 12-footer on the second. She birdied No. 4 from three feet, and then rained in a 30-foot birdie on the seventh hole.
“My putting was good today,” said Neumann, 49, a 13-time LPGA Tour winner who resides in Rancho Mirage, Calif. “I didn’t putt that well in the pro-am, but for some reason today, I could really see the lines well. I could always find that little spot about halfway to the hole that I could roll the ball over.”
A 2014 Legends Tour winner, Neumann said “silly mistakes” -- such as a misfire on the par-five 10th hole, where her lay-up shot with a 5-iron found a bunker -- reminded her that competitively, there was rust on her game.
“Stupid stuff,” said Neumann. “But you have to forget about it and move on.” Neumann did, adding birdies on holes 15 and 16 for a share of the lead.
Tied for third at 2-under 70 are Lisa Grimes and Rosie Jones, followed by Juli Inkster, Marilyn Lovander, Michele Redman and Laurie Rinker, tied for fifth at 1-under 71.
Jane Blalock leads the Super Legends competition at 2-over 74.
Saturday’s final round of the Walgreens Charity Championship will start at 8 a.m., with gates opening at 7:30 a.m. Final-round play will be immediately followed by a concert featuring national recording artists, Little River Band. Saturday ticket holders are admitted free to the concert following play.
All ticket proceeds from the Walgreens Charity Championship benefit charity partners the Dan Marino Foundation, Achievement Centers for Children and Families and the Bethesda Foundation.
Here are the final-round pairings of the Walgreens Charity Championship:
8 a.m. Donna Andrews / Sherri Turner
8:10 a.m. Meg Mallon / Laura Shanahan Rowe
8:20 a.m. Jean Bartholomew / Hollis Stacy
8:30 a.m. Jane Crafter / Dawn Coe-Jones
8:40 a.m. Patty Sheehan / Elaine Crosby
8:50 a.m. Cindy Schreyer / Tama Caldabaugh (a)
9 a.m. Lorie Kane / Martha Nause
9:10 a.m. Jane Geddes / Kris Tschetter
9:20 a.m. Val Skinner / Susan Cohn (a)
9:30 a.m. Lori West / Alicia Dibos
9:40 a.m. Donna Caponi* / Sally Little*
9:50 a.m. Judy Dickinson* / Shelley Hamlin*
10 a.m. Jane Blalock* / Jan Stephenson*
10:10 a.m. Christa Johnson / Laura Davies
10:20 a.m. Cindy Figg-Currier / Cindy Rarick
10:30 a.m. Pat Bradley / Beth Daniel
10:40 a.m. Nancy Scranton / Helen Alfredsson
10:50 a.m. Barb Mucha / Danielle Ammaccapane
11 a.m. Annette DeLuca / Barb Moxness
11:10 a.m. Michelle McGann / Nicole Jeray
11:20 a.m. JoAnne Carner / Pat Hurst
11:30 a.m. Jenny Lidback / Trish Johnson
11:40 a.m Laurie Rinker / Juli Inkster
11:50 a.m. Marilyn Lovander / Michele Redman
12 p.m. Lisa Grimes / Rosie Jones
12:10 p.m. Wendy Doolan / Liselotte Neuman
* Super Legends Division
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The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 15 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise over $17 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.
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