Bill Thorpe, older brother of PGA Tour golfer Jim Thorpe and one of five outstanding golfing Thorpe brothers, shot 69 for the early lead of the 26th annual Capital City Open yesterday at Langston. Rain prevented 15 of the field of 120 from completing the round.

They will complete their first round today, and the second and final round will follow.

Woody FitzHugh of the Middle Atlantic PGA was dripping wet when he finished his 70 to tie James Mason of host Langston. Tony DeLuca of Vienna was at 71.

Bill Thorpe, 40, who works for the Recreation Department in Roxboro, N.C., made six birdies. Another brother, Chuck Thorpe, 44, two-time winner of this tournament, eagled the 10th hole and shot 72. Tied at 73 were Nick Gardner, Gary Marlowe, Al Morton and Fred Gibson.

After he finished his round, Bill Thorpe was informed of his brother Jim's 73 -- 211, three strokes off the lead in the U.S. Open in San Francisco. "I'll watch him tonight {on the HBO television replay}," Bill Thorpe said.

He missed a four-foot eagle putt on the 10th hole, but got a birdie. "I had a lot of fun. I want to have a good tournament here. A good first round is important," he said.

Defending champion Webb Heintzelman of Montgomery Village, last year's Middle Atlantic PGA player of the year, shot 74, as did John McNaney of Baltimore and Earl Biggett of New York City.

Biggett, a pro now who won the Washington Area Amateur Champions tournament two years ago, double bogeyed the 16th hole. "I made a mental mistake on 16," he said. "I was rushing because of the storm."

Rodney Lathern of Landover and Ernest Andrews of Langston each shot 72 and led the amateur division, which is also a 36-hole tournament.

LPGA Keystone Open:

South Korea's Ok-Hee Ku, finishing in semi-darkness after a 140-minute rain delay, shot a 3-under-par 69 for a three-stroke lead in Hershey, Pa. Ku, the first-round leader with a 5-under-par 67, was at 8-under 136 after 36 holes.

Martha Nause, Margaret Ward and Cathy Gerring were tied for second at 139. Ward's 67 was the best round of the day and best of her two-year career. Nause shot 68, and Gerring birdied 16 and 17 for 2-under 70.

Sally Little, who started the round one shot behind Ku and was tied for the lead after nine holes, finished with a 74 -- 142 after a bogey at 16 and a triple-bogey 6 on the 165-yard 17th.

Jan Stephenson withdrew because of pain from ribs broken in an auto accident six weeks ago.

Seniors Northville Invitational:

Gary Player, playing what he called his finest round of golf since his Masters-winning round in 1978, shot a 4-under-par 68 to retain the lead after three rounds in Jericho, N.Y.

Player, 51, had a 54-hole total of 205 over the par-72, 6,475-yard Meadow Brook Club course.

Virginia State Golf Association:

Bob Bradley and Matt Ball, playing their home course of Fredricksburg Country Club, shot a 10-under-par 62 to lead the first round of the Two-Man Team Championship.