Susan Fleming of Arlington, who played collegiate golf at St. Andrews in Scotland, shot 84-11 -- 73 to take the first-round lead of the 36-hole Women's District Golf Association Keefer Cup yesterday at Chevy Chase Club.
Carmen Oelsner of Bretton Woods, who birdied the par-3 No. 10 hole and finished 84-10 -- 74, shared second with Rita Chadwick of Lakewood (83-9 -- 74) and Wendy Stewart of Belle Haven (87-13 -- 74).
Next were Peggy Widicus of Army Navy (87-12 -- 75) and reigning WDGA champion Brenda Baker of Hidden Creek (77-2 -- 75).
Yesterday's winds had little effect on the straight-driving Fleming of Bretton Woods. She birdied the third hole, with a 12-foot putt.
"The wind just doesn't bother me," said Fleming, 31, who came here four years ago from Scotland with husband Alex, who works as an economist for the World Bank. "I used to play on a links-type course Monifieth, near Carnoustie in Scotland ."
Fleming golfed for the University of St. Andrews, where she earned a degree in economics. She later became an elementary school teacher. Historic St. Andrews was her college's home course and Fleming regularly shot in the 80s there. Her best finish on the WDGA circuit was last year, when she won first flight of the association's championship.
Kim Williams of Bethesda, who will represent the United States in the Curtis Cup matches in August, had gross 78 and was one stroke behind Baker in that division. Williams, winner of four national women's tournaments last year and low amateur in this season's LPGA Dinah Shore tournament, had the lowest handicap in yesterday's field, a plus 2, which means her average round is under par.