DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jane Park shot a 7-under 65 on
Wednesday at LPGA International to take a two-stroke lead over
10-year tour veteran Kelli Kuehne after the first round of the LPGA
Final Qualifying Tournament.
The top 17 players Sunday after the fifth round will earn 2008
LPGA Tour cards, while the next 35 will receive conditional status.
Park, the former UCLA star who won the 2004 U.S. Women's
Amateur, opened with an eagle on the Legends Course, holing out
with a 9-iron from 128 yards on No. 10. She birdied the 12th, then
had five birdies and bogey on the front nine.
"I just don't want to get ahead of myself," Park said. "I'm
going to put my round today in the past. Tomorrow is a whole new
day and everyone is playing on the same golf courses. I'm just
going to go out there and try to do my best like I did today."
Kuehne had a bogey-free round on the Champions Course.
"I got off to a good start and had a lot of chances today. The
course was nice to me," Kuehne said. "But I have to keep in mind
that this is a five-day event, and come out again tomorrow and hit
fairways and greens and make my putts.
"I'm here with the mind-set that I already have status, so that
puts less pressure on me. I know that I have a place to play. I'll
just play my best, accept my fate, and hopefully get through to the
South Korea's Na Yeon Choi opened with a 68 on the Champions
Russy Gulyanamitta, Sarah Lynn Sargent, Meredith Duncan,
Carolina Llano, Sukjin Lee Wuesthoff and Jacqueline Yang shot 69s.