SOUTHERN PINES, NC (July 19, 2005) -- Following heavy rains the evening before, the contestants of the 75th Trans Championship (including past champions, Carol Semple Thompson, 1986 &1993, Jenny Lee, 1996, and Kailin Downs, 2003) began the first round of the qualifying on a softer, and longer, golf course than they had practiced yesterday.
The morning wave yielded only one under par round, Morgan Olds of Stamford, CT had three birdies to counter two bogies for a steady 71. As the temperature and humidity became higher, four players tied or bettered Olds' round. Taylor Leon from Dallas, TX, no stranger to humidity, carded a two under par 70 with three birdies and one bogey. Christine McArdle, Palm Cost, FL kept pace by firing five birdies and three bogies for the second 70 of the day. Two players joined Olds at one under. Michelle Jarman, Wilmington, NC, had to cover three bogies with four birdies and Paige Mackenzie, Yakima, WA (Trans Medalist, 2002) eagled #15 along with four birdies to offset three bogies.
The second round of qualifying will begin 7:00AM Wednesday. Following tomorrows round, the low 64 will advance to Championship bracket and the rest of the field will be positioned in flights of 16 players. The Champion will be crowned on Sunday, July 24.