Stanford breaks record at Safeway

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. – Angela Stanford shot a career-best 10-under 62 on Thursday to break the Prospector Course record and take a three-stroke lead over defending champion Lorena Ochoa in the Safeway International.

Stanford, the 2003 ShopRite Classic winner, had a bogey-free round at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club. She had six birdies in a front-nine 30 and birdied the final two holes for a back-nine 32.

“It all happened so slowly,” Stanford said. “I’m still in a fog. It’s just one of those days you can’t even get in your own way.”

The 30-year-old Texan broke the course record of 63 set by Cristie Kerr in 2004, and topped her previous career best of 64 in the first round of the 2006 Canadian Open.

Ochoa, who won the tournament last year for the first of her eight 2007 titles, had nine birdies and two bogeys. She won the HSBC Champions on March 2 in Singapore for her 18th LPGA title.

“I’m going to try to be aggressive (Friday) and try to catch her. Maybe I can beat that,” Ochoa said.

Sherri Steinhauer was third after a 66, Karen Stupples, Jee Young Lee and Yani Tseng and Heather Young shot 67s, and Michele Redman, Sophie Gustafson and Na Yeon Choi followed at 68. Three-time winner Annika Sorenstam birdied the final two holes to match Paula Creamer with a 69.

“I finished strong and got a little momentum,” said Sorenstam, who won in 2004 and 2005 at Superstition Mountain.

Stanford wasn’t pleased with her 3-wood approach on the par-5 18th, but put it on the green from 236 yards to set up a two-putt birdie.

“Hook. Chunk. Duck. It was just bad,” she said. “But I had enough topspin to make it to the green.”

Stanford said she sensed a special round coming when she got up-and-down for par from a greenside bunker on No. 1.

Stanford’s lone victory came 114 starts ago and her best finishes since came in 2006, when she was second twice.

“I’m not even going to think about it (winning),” Stanford said. “I want to, but I’m just not going to.”

Ochoa shot a 5-under 31 on the front nine, but three-putted the par-3 12th for a bogey and also dropped a stroke on the par-4 15th when she hit a wedge over the green and into a bunker.

“Two silly mistakes,” she said. “I’m OK. It’s a great way to start.”

The 45-year-old Steinhauer had eight birdies and two bogeys.

“Yeah, that’s all right,” Steinhauer said. “It’s fun to come out ahead of the young ones at times. ... I’ve been terming myself Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde. Today was Mr. Hyde, but tomorrow it could be Dr. Jeykll.”

Patricia Meunier-Lebouc aced the 167-yard 17th hole with a 7-iron. She finished with a 72.

Scores with relation to par from the first round of the Safeway International, played March 27 at the par-72, 6,662-yard Superstition Mountain (Ariz.) Golf & Country Club (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Angela Stanford 62

    -10 2. Lorena Ochoa 65

    -7 3. Sherri Steinhauer 66

    -6 4. Yani Tseng 67

    -5 4. Karen Stupples 67

    -5 4. Jee Young Lee 67

    -5 4. Heather Young 67

    -5 8. Michele Redman 68

    -4 8. Sophie Gustafson 68

    -4 8. Na Yeon Choi 68

    -4 11. Giulia Sergas 69

    -3 11. Pat Hurst 69

    -3 11. Paula Creamer 69

    -3 11. Christina Kim 69

    -3 11. Birdie Kim 69

    -3 11. Jeong Jang 69

    -3 11. Annika Sorenstam 69

    -3 11. Becky Morgan 69

    -3 19. Eun-Hee Ji 70

    -2 19. Marisa Baena 70

    -2 19. Sarah Kemp 70

    -2 19. Tracy Hanson 70

    -2 19. Katie Futcher 70

    -2 19. Meredith Duncan 70

    -2 19. Hee-Won Han 70

    -2 19. Maria Hjorth 70

    -2 19. Stacy Prammanasudh 70

    -2 19. Wendy Ward 70

    -2 19. Minea Blomqvist 70

    -2 19. Beth Bader 70

    -2 19. Wendy Doolan 70

    -2 19. Carolina Llano 70

    -2 33. Kim Hall 71

    -1 33. Dorothy Delasin 71

    -1 33. Ji-Young Oh 71

    -1 33. Candie Kung 71

    -1 33. Catriona Matthew 71

    -1 33. Lindsey Wright 71

    -1 33. Brittany Lang 71

    -1 33. Suzann Pettersen 71

    -1 33. Brittany Lincicome 71

    -1 33. Natalie Gulbis 71

    -1 33. Lorie Kane 71

    -1 33. Mi Hyun Kim 71

    -1 33. Nicole Castrale 71

    -1 33. Brandie Burton 71

    -1 33. Laura Davies 71

    -1 33. Kyeong Bae 71

    -1 33. Gloria Park 71

    -1 33. Hee Young Park 71

    -1 33. Moira Dunn 71

    -1 33. Carri Wood 71

    -1 33. Il Mi Chung 71

    -1 54. Erica Blasberg 72

    E 54. Dina Ammaccapane 72

    E 54. Sung Ah Yim 72

    E 54. Silvia Cavalleri 72

    E 54. Young Kim 72

    E 54. Helen Alfredsson 72

    E 54. Louise Friberg 72

    E 54. Meena Lee 72

    E 54. Jimin Kang 72

    E 54. Laura Diaz 72

    E 54. Angela Park 72

    E 54. Ai Miyazato 72

    E 54. H.J. Choi 72

    E 54. Teresa Lu 72

    E 54. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman 72

    E 54. Linda Wessberg 72

    E 54. Su A Kim 72

    E 54. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 72

    E 54. Allison Fouch 72

    E 73. Shanshan Feng 73
    + 1 73. Leta Lindley 73
    + 1 73. Emily Bastel 73
    + 1 73. Kris Tamulis 73
    + 1 73. Kelli Kuehne 73
    + 1 73. Karin Sjodin 73
    + 1 73. Sandra Gal 73
    + 1 73. Alena Sharp 73
    + 1 73. Jin Joo Hong 73
    + 1 73. Karrie Webb 73
    + 1 73. Inbee Park 73
    + 1 73. Grace Park 73
    + 1 73. Carin Koch 73
    + 1 73. Meg Mallon 73
    + 1 73. Se Ri Pak 73
    + 1 73. Jane Park 73
    + 1 73. Heather Daly-Donofrio 73
    + 1 73. Sun Young Yoo 73
    + 1 73. Johanna Head 73
    + 1 73. Charlotte Mayorkas 73
    + 1 73. Jill McGill 73
    + 1 73. Karine Icher 73
    + 1 73. Candy Hannemann 73
    + 1 73. Eva Dahllof 73
    + 1 97. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 74
    + 2 97. Song-Hee Kim 74
    + 2 97. Janice Moodie 74
    + 2 97. Katherine Hull 74
    + 2 97. Irene Cho 74
    + 2 97. Jacqueline Yang 74
    + 2 97. Danielle Downey 74
    + 2 97. Soo-Yun Kang 74
    + 2 97. Seon Hwa Lee 74
    + 2 97. Rachel Hetherington 74
    + 2 97. Morgan Pressel 74
    + 2 97. Na On Min 74
    + 2 97. Cristie Kerr 74
    + 2 97. Shi Hyun Ahn 74
    + 2 97. Juli Inkster 74
    + 2 97. Amy Hung 74
    + 2 97. Becky Lucidi 74
    + 2 97. Sherri Turner 74
    + 2 97. Seol-An Jeon 74
    + 2 116. Nancy Scranton 75
    + 3 116. Mikaela Parmlid 75
    + 3 116. Liz Janangelo 75
    + 3 116. Liselotte Neumann 75
    + 3 116. Marcy Hart 75
    + 3 116. Momoko Ueda 75
    + 3 116. Mhairi McKay 75
    + 3 116. Seo-Jae Lee 75
    + 3 116. Anna Grzebien 75
    + 3 116. Diana D'Alessio 75
    + 3 116. a-Jane Rah 75
    + 3 127. Jennifer Rosales 76
    + 4 127. Sarah Lee 76
    + 4 127. Julieta Granada 76
    + 4 127. Young Jo 76
    + 4 127. Sophie Giquel 76
    + 4 127. Jamie Hullett 76
    + 4 127. Cindy Rarick 76
    + 4 134. Yu Ping Lin 77
    + 5 134. Nicole Perrot 77
    + 5 134. Kate Golden 77
    + 5 134. Reilley Rankin 77
    + 5 138. Becky Iverson 78
    + 6 138. Mollie Fankhauser 78
    + 6 138. Michelle McGann 78
    + 6 138. In-Kyung Kim 78
    + 6 138. Kristy McPherson 78
    + 6 143. Danielle Ammaccapane 80
    + 8 144. Violeta Retamoza 84
    + 12
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