SEATTLE, June 7, 2019 – LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Juli Inkster grabbed a two-shot lead in the opening round of the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing. The Californian carded a score of 8-under 65 to move into the lead ahead of Moira Dunn-Bohls of Oklahoma, winner of the Wednesday qualifying tournament to get into this week’s event. Dunn-Bohls posted a round of 6-under 67 on the par-73 White Horse Golf Club.
“I’m happy with what I shot and I was hitting it pretty close today,” said Inkster, adding that most of her putts were between eight to 12 feet in Friday’s first round. “I hit a lot of good wedge shots and gave myself chances out there.”
Inkster’s bogey-free round included eight birdies, with four on the front and four on the back nine holes. Her longest birdie putt came on No. 17 from 18 feet.
“You definitely have to hit the fairways and then it becomes a second-shot course,” Inkster added. “I was just trying to use the club that puts me in the fairway and then go from there. It’s all about position.”
The field opened today’s round two hours earlier than originally scheduled and played off the front and back nine holes simultaneously in an effort to get ahead of afternoon thunderstorms. The first round concluded around 2:30 p.m. local time before the rain started.
Dunn-Bohls made her move on the back nine, scoring birdie-birdie-eagle on holes 12 through 14. Her eagle on No. 14 came when her 195-yard, 5-wood approach shot kicked and rolled to five feet from the cup. She converted the putt.
“I hit some good shots, got some good kicks and made some putts,” she said. “It was fun.”
Three strokes off the lead are defending champion Trish Johnson of Great Britain and Minnesota’s Michele Redman, who matched scores of 5-under 66.
Johnson wrestled unsuccessfully with her alignment throughout Friday’s round and Redman, who coaches the University of Minnesota’s women’s golf team, said she felt more prepared for this week’s event after playing in the recent U.S. Senior Women’s Open.
“I’m a little bit more practiced this year because we had the Senior Women’s Open a couple of weeks ago,” said Redman, who tied for sixth at last year’s event at White Horse Golf Club. “That’s been the biggest difference for me from playing here last year.”
Tee times for Saturday’s final round will start at 11 a.m., with all players going off the first hole. The pros are competing for a prize purse of $200,000 in the 36-hole event.
Inkster and Dunn-Bohls will share the final pairing on Saturday at 1:51 p.m.
Gates will open at 10 a.m., with shuttle service running to the course from free parking at Clearwater Casino Resort and Bayside Community Church from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20. Kids 12 and under get in free. All Boeing employees get in free with ID.
A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit official charity partners American Diabetes Association Camp Sealth and the Burned Children Recovery Foundation. Event details are available at http://www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com.
For complete results from the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing, check out: http://leaderboard.thelegendstour.com/?TID=82
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Here are the pairings for Saturday’s final round:
11 am - Allison Finney | Tina Tombs
11:09 am - Cindy Miller | Jane Blalock
11:18 am - JoAnne Carner | Sandra Palmer
11:27 am - Gail Graham | Sue Ertl
11:36 am - Anita Wicks (a) | Leslie Folsom (a)
11:45 am - Pat Hurst | Jackie Little (a)
11:54 am - Elaine Crosby | Laura Shanahan Rowe
12:03 pm - Cindy Rarick | Hollis Stacy
12:12 pm - Maria Hjorth McBride | Lorie Kane
12:21 pm - Heather Drew | Lori West
12:30 pm - Lara Tennant (a) | Alicia Dibos
12:39 pm - Janet Anderson | Jan Stephenson
12:48 pm - Danielle Ammaccapane | Liselotte Neumann
12:57 pm - Lisa DePaulo | Nancy Scranton
1:06 pm - Lisa Grimes | Wendy Doolan
1:15 pm - Tammie Green | Jean Bartholomew
1:24 pm - Michelle McGann | Wendy Ward
1:33 pm - Christa Johnson | Nicole Jeray
1:42 pm - Michele Redman | Trish Johnson
1:51 pm - Juli Inkster | Moira Dunn-Bohls
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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.