Stanford going to school at Safeway

By BOB BAUM
Associated Press

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. – Angela Stanford is clinging to the lead halfway through the Safeway International, with friend Lorena Ochoa closing in.

Stanford had a one-shot lead through 36 holes of the LPGA event, following her course record and career-best 10-under 62 on Thursday with a scrambling 3-under 69 on Friday for a 13-under 131 total.

Ochoa, the event’s defending champion and world’s top-ranked player, was one back at 12 under. She began the day three strokes back and shot a steady 67.

Jee Young Lee was three back at 10 under, while Annika Sorenstam shot a 67 to join Michele Redman (68) at 8 under, five off the lead on the 6,662-yard Prospector Course at the Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club.

With the crowd behind her and the surroundings familiar, Mexico’s Ochoa felt at home on this desert course.

“I just love being here,” she said. “For sure we only play once a year in a desert golf course. And I just feel comfortable. It feels good, and it brings me good memories. I love Arizona, and I want to take advantage of that only one opportunity.”

Ochoa attended the University of Arizona, and she is concerned that Safeway is ending its sponsorship of the LPGA’s lone Arizona event after this year to concentrate its efforts on the tournament it holds in Portland, Ore. The LPGA left Tucson in 2004.

“If there is anything I can do to help have a sponsor next year, let me know,” Ochoa said. “And not only me, but all of the players as a group. I think we would all love to be back.”

Stanford was pleased that she didn’t falter too much after her big first round.

“After shooting, well, a career round for me, you really don’t know what to expect the next day,” she said. “So I really tried to keep the same mind-set and give myself chances and just roll my putts.”

A winner once in seven years on the tour, Stanford took up where she left off with birdies on her first three holes Friday to go to 13 under. But, playing the back nine first, she had bogeys on three par-5s – the 16th, 18th and second – to fall to 10 under.

Stanford rallied with birdies on the third, fifth and seventh to get back to 13 under. She had 12 top-10 finishes in 24 tournaments last year, with her best a tie for third at the MasterCard Classic.

“I think I’m just getting warmed up,” she said. “... I put myself in the late bloomer category.”

She will be paired with Ochoa in Saturday’s third round.

“Angela is very competitive,” Ochoa said. “She’s very good in basketball or bowling or whatever. She always tries to beat me.”

Stanford wins a lot, Ochoa said. Just not in golf, where Ochoa is an 18-time LPGA winner, including this year’s HSBC Championship in Singapore. She won eight times last year.

Ochoa has no aversion to a bit of conversation with her friend during their round together.

“You could be friendly and at the same time make birdies,” she said. “You don’t have to hate the opponent.”

Scores with relation to par from the secondround of the Safeway International, played March 28 at the par-72,6,662-yard Superstition Mountain (Ariz.) Golf & Country Club (Note:a-amateur):

  1. Angela Stanford 62-69--131

    -13 2. Lorena Ochoa 65-67--132

    -12 3. Jee Young Lee 67-67--134

    -10 4. Annika Sorenstam 69-67--136

    -8 4. Michele Redman 68-68--136

    -8 6. Christina Kim 69-68--137

    -7 6. Karen Stupples 67-70--137

    -7 8. Minea Blomqvist 70-68--138

    -6 8. Lindsey Wright 71-67--138

    -6 8. Cristie Kerr 74-64--138

    -6 8. Ji-Young Oh 71-67--138

    -6 12. Heather Young 67-72--139

    -5 12. Birdie Kim 69-70--139

    -5 12. Jeong Jang 69-70--139

    -5 12. Inbee Park 73-66--139

    -5 12. Hee-Won Han 70-69--139

    -5 12. Suzann Pettersen 71-68--139

    -5 12. Sarah Kemp 70-69--139

    -5 12. Katie Futcher 69-70--139

    -5 20. Sun Young Yoo 73-67--140

    -4 20. Hee Young Park 71-69--140

    -4 20. Sophie Gustafson 68-72--140

    -4 20. Wendy Ward 70-70--140

    -4 20. Carin Koch 73-67--140

    -4 20. Shanshan Feng 73-67--140

    -4 20. Yani Tseng 67-73--140

    -4 20. Dorothy Delasin 71-69--140

    -4 20. Meredith Duncan 70-70--140

    -4 29. Beth Bader 70-71--141

    -3 29. Wendy Doolan 70-71--141

    -3 29. Allison Fouch 72-69--141

    -3 29. Mi Hyun Kim 71-70--141

    -3 29. Angela Park 72-69--141

    -3 29. Nicole Castrale 71-70--141

    -3 29. Maria Hjorth 70-71--141

    -3 29. Catriona Matthew 71-70--141

    -3 29. Pat Hurst 69-72--141

    -3 29. Brittany Lang 71-70--141

    -3 29. Brittany Lincicome 71-70--141

    -3 29. Emily Bastel 73-68--141

    -3 29. Tracy Hanson 70-71--141

    -3 42. Becky Morgan 69-73--142

    -2 42. Teresa Lu 72-70--142

    -2 42. Charlotte Mayorkas 73-69--142

    -2 42. Na Yeon Choi 68-74--142

    -2 42. Il Mi Chung 71-71--142

    -2 42. Laura Diaz 72-70--142

    -2 42. Laura Davies 71-71--142

    -2 42. Paula Creamer 69-73--142

    -2 42. Eun-Hee Ji 70-72--142

    -2 42. Leta Lindley 73-69--142

    -2 42. Sandra Gal 73-69--142

    -2 42. Candie Kung 71-71--142

    -2 54. Jane Park 73-70--143

    -1 54. Becky Lucidi 74-69--143

    -1 54. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman 72-71--143

    -1 54. Su A Kim 72-71--143

    -1 54. Lorie Kane 71-72--143

    -1 54. Natalie Gulbis 71-72--143

    -1 54. Jimin Kang 72-71--143

    -1 54. Kyeong Bae 71-72--143

    -1 54. Ai Miyazato 72-71--143

    -1 54. Young Kim 72-71--143

    -1 54. Sherri Steinhauer 66-77--143

    -1 54. Kim Hall 71-72--143

    -1 54. Kelli Kuehne 73-70--143

    -1 54. Giulia Sergas 69-74--143

    -1 68. Gloria Park 71-73--144

    E 68. Jamie Hullett 76-68--144

    E 68. Carolina Llano 70-74--144

    E 68. Moira Dunn 71-73--144

    E 68. Linda Wessberg 72-72--144

    E 68. Stacy Prammanasudh 70-74--144

    E 68. Juli Inkster 74-70--144

    E 68. Sung Ah Yim 72-72--144

    E 68. Jin Joo Hong 73-71--144

    E 68. Grace Park 73-71--144

    E 68. Meg Mallon 73-71--144

    E 68. Louise Friberg 72-72--144

    E 68. Marisa Baena 70-74--144

    E 68. Alena Sharp 73-71--144

    E • • •



    Missed the cut



    82. H.J. Choi 72-73--145
    + 1 82. Jill McGill 73-72--145
    + 1 82. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 72-73--145
    + 1 82. Karine Icher 73-72--145
    + 1 82. Marcy Hart 75-70--145
    + 1 82. Silvia Cavalleri 72-73--145
    + 1 82. Morgan Pressel 74-71--145
    + 1 82. Na On Min 74-71--145
    + 1 82. Helen Alfredsson 72-73--145
    + 1 82. Erica Blasberg 72-73--145
    + 1 82. Dina Ammaccapane 72-73--145
    + 1 82. Soo-Yun Kang 74-71--145
    + 1 94. Candy Hannemann 73-73--146
    + 2 94. Eva Dahllof 73-73--146
    + 2 94. Meena Lee 72-74--146
    + 2 94. Shi Hyun Ahn 74-72--146
    + 2 94. Brandie Burton 71-75--146
    + 2 94. Reilley Rankin 77-69--146
    + 2 94. Momoko Ueda 75-71--146
    + 2 94. Karrie Webb 73-73--146
    + 2 94. Seon Hwa Lee 74-72--146
    + 2 94. Kris Tamulis 73-73--146
    + 2 94. Nicole Perrot 77-69--146
    + 2 94. Katherine Hull 74-72--146
    + 2 94. Janice Moodie 74-72--146
    + 2 94. Karin Sjodin 73-73--146
    + 2 108. Johanna Head 73-74--147
    + 3 108. Seol-An Jeon 74-73--147
    + 3 108. Carri Wood 71-76--147
    + 3 108. Mikaela Parmlid 75-72--147
    + 3 108. Song-Hee Kim 74-73--147
    + 3 108. Jacqueline Yang 74-73--147
    + 3 114. Seo-Jae Lee 75-73--148
    + 4 114. Diana D'Alessio 75-73--148
    + 4 114. Se Ri Pak 73-75--148
    + 4 114. Sarah Lee 76-72--148
    + 4 118. Amy Hung 74-75--149
    + 5 118. a-Jane Rah 75-74--149
    + 5 118. In-Kyung Kim 78-71--149
    + 5 118. Michelle McGann 78-71--149
    + 5 118. Irene Cho 74-75--149
    + 5 123. Heather Daly-Donofrio 73-77--150
    + 6 123. Julieta Granada 76-74--150
    + 6 123. Rachel Hetherington 74-76--150
    + 6 123. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 74-76--150
    + 6 123. Danielle Downey 74-76--150
    + 6 128. Kristy McPherson 78-73--151
    + 7 128. Nancy Scranton 75-76--151
    + 7 128. Liz Janangelo 75-76--151
    + 7 131. Mhairi McKay 75-77--152
    + 8 131. Sophie Giquel 76-76--152
    + 8 131. Anna Grzebien 75-77--152
    + 8 131. Liselotte Neumann 75-77--152
    + 8 131. Kate Golden 77-75--152
    + 8 136. Cindy Rarick 76-77--153
    + 9 136. Mollie Fankhauser 78-75--153
    + 9 138. Sherri Turner 74-80--154
    + 10 139. Yu Ping Lin 77-78--155
    + 11 140. Becky Iverson 78-79--157
    + 13 141. Danielle Ammaccapane 80-82--162
    + 18 142. Violeta Retamoza 84-79--163
    + 19 WD. Young Jo 76-WD


    WD. Jennifer Rosales 76-WD


    DNS. Meaghan Francella
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