SEATTLE, June 9, 2018 – Former European Solheim Cup stalwart Trish Johnson took a four-shot lead in the first round of the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing.
Johnson, of Great Britain, carded an opening-round score of 6-under 66 at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash. She leads Americans Lisa Grimes and Michele Redman, both at 2-under 70.
“With the exception of the downpour, it was actually quite pleasant out there,” said Johnson.
Players were greeted by sunny summer weather in the Pacific Northwest until a heavy rainstorm soaked the course in the afternoon of Saturday’s first round. Play was suspended at 3:10 pm Pacific with nine groups still on the course when course conditions became unplayable.
The round resumed after a 90-minute delay with players returning to the course at 5 p.m. At that point, Johnson stood at 5-under par, with Lisa Grimes at 2 under as the clubhouse leader.
Johnson left her driver in the bag during Saturday’s round, opting, instead, to use 3- and 5-woods to navigate the course.
“You have to work out strategically where you want to be on this golf course,” she explained. “The pins are in such a position that you can’t miss left or right on any hole. You’ve got to be right on the button every time.”
Even without her driver, Johnson put herself in position to use wedges and shorter irons into the greens, which she credited for her ability to convert for birdies.
Redman got her round off to a solid start with a 25-foot birdie putt on the first hole, but said she hopes to card more birdies in Sunday’s final round.
“These greens are hard to read and they look different than what really happens sometimes,” she said.
Making her Legends Tour debut this week, Edwall resident Wendy Ward recorded a one-over-par score of 73 to move into a tie for fifth with Nancy Scranton -- two shots behind Michelle McGann at 1-under 71.
“I had a little trouble figuring out the speed and staying aggressive,” said Ward, who left the LPGA Tour as a full-time player in 2015. “Honestly, I got a little nervous down the stretch, but I look forward to finishing stronger tomorrow.”
Sunday’s final round will start at 9 a.m., with Trish Johnson and Lisa Grimes playing in the final pairing at 11:20 a.m.
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Here are the final-round pairings of the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup:
9:00 am - Cindy Miller | Jane Blalock
9:10 am - Sandra Palmer | Laurie Rinker
9:20 am - Nicole Jeray | Pat Hurst
9:30 am - Barb Mucha | Pat Bradley
9:40 am - Heather Drew | Allison Finney
9:50 am - Rosie Jones | Lorie Kane
10:00 am - Gail Graham | Joanne Carner
10:10 am - Betsy King | Elaine Crosby
10:20 am - Cindy Rarick | Hollis Stacy
10:30 am - Jan Stephenson | Brandie Burton
10:40 am - Liselotte Neumann | Lori West
10:50 am - Jean Bartholomew | Alicia Dibos
11:00 am - Wendy Ward | Nancy Scranton
11:10 am - Michele Redman | Michelle McGann
11:20 am - Trish Johnson | Lisa Grimes
About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 17 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $16 million in prize money and helped raise over $22 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.