Beth Daniel, spurred on when playing partner Betsy King birdied the first two holes, shot a 7-under-par 65 and took a two-stroke lead yesterday in the first round of the LPGA Phar-Mor Youngstown Classic in Vienna, Ohio.
King, who won the U.S. Women's Open last week, was tied with Dottie Mochrie and Myra Blackwelder.
Jill Briles, Diane Heinicke-Rauch, Colleen Walker and Juli Inkster were at 68, and 10 others were tied at 69.
Daniel put together a birdie-eagle-birdie streak on the third through fifth holes of the 6,297-yard Squaw Creek Country Club course. She added birdies on Nos. 7, 11 and 12 and finished without a bogey.
The low scores were unexpected because of swirling wind and intermittent showers throughout the day.
Daniel, King and Ayako Okamoto played in the same threesome, and King started quickly with birdies on the first two holes. Daniel had pars, and Okamoto dropped behind with a double bogey on the first hole.
"That kind of fired me up," Daniel said. "When Betsy birdied the first two holes, I said I better get going or I'd get lost in the dust."
Seniors: Chi Chi Rodriguez had the crowds but Jim O'Hern had the lead after the first round of the Ameritech Senior Open in Acme, Mich.
O'Hern had six birdies and no bogeys over the 6,679-yard Bear course at Grand Traverse Resort for a 66 and a one-shot lead over Rodriguez and Don January.
"You know, if you put the ball in the fairway, this isn't a bad golf course," O'Hern said. "I missed only two greens but I got it up and down."
Jim Dent, a three-time winner this year and the winner last week of the Kroger Senior Classic near Cincinnati, was in a group of four tied at 4-under 68.