Lorraine Elder of Annandale, the No. 1 player on the Florida State women's team, eagled her second hole and went on to shoot net 69 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the 36-hole Women's District Golf Association's Keefer Cup yesterday at Chevy Chase Club.
Elder, 21, had a one-over-par 72 for her gross score to also lead that division.
Rita Chadwick of Lakewood Country Club (80-10 -- 70) and Dot Gates of Columbia Country Club (83-13 -- 70) were tied for second. Michelle Mackall of Montgomery (74-3 -- 71) was third in the event, which begins the WDGA season.
Elder, who plays out of Army Navy Country Club, began play on the back nine and three-putted her first hole (the 10th) for bogey.
On the next hole, the par-5 11th, Elder reached the green in two after fine tee and three-iron shots, then sank the putt for her eagle 3. She later had three birdies on a course she said was playing shorter than usual.
The only thing bothering Elder was shaky putting. Three of her six bogeys were the result of three-putt greens.
Chadwick, 41, was "furious" after double-bogeying her two final front-nine holes, but with the help of soothing words from playing partner Betty Hall, she regrouped for a back-nine 39.
Gates, 48, also a swimmer and platform tennis player, birdied the par-4 fifth hole after her eight-iron approach shot landed two feet from the hole. But she had two double bogeys early in her final nine and struggled to an incoming 43.
Mackall, 25, who works in the pro shop at Washingtonian Country Club, birdied her last three holes and five of her final nine.
Last year's champion, Michelle Hiskey, a student at Duke University, did not participate.