Grace Park and Se Ri Pak In Top 3 After First Round Of 2011 Safeway Classic; Na Yeon Choi Leads

Grace Park

Do you know how in the movies they do the drinking gaffe? Somebody is drinking when they hear something surprising and spit out whatever is in their mouth. I had that moment today. I was too busy to follow the first round of the 2011 Safeway Classic live. I was just starting to eat dinner when I went to LPGA.com  to check the scores before watching the event (I don’t mind knowing the result beforehand). I was literally in mid swig when I saw Grace Park at #2 and Se Ri Pak at #3. In 2004, that would not have been a big deal. In 2011, my Coca-Cola went from my mouth to my shirt. It’s only the first round but seeing Grace 2 shots behind first round leader Na Yeon Choi was the best feeling I’ve had so far this LPGA season. She was sensational with the putter on day one. She started on the back 9, birdying 4 of her first six holes. She also hit 11 of 13 fairways. If she keeps it out of the tall grass, she is a real threat. To add to the terrific 4-under 67 day for Grace was the fact that she reported being in no pain. She was once one of the best players on tour when injuries effectively derailed her career. I really hope she stays healthy and starts climbing back to past glory.

Na Yeon Choi

But as happy as I am for Grace (and Se Ri), I must applaud the incredible run Na Yeon Choi went on. The 2010 Vare Trophy and Money List champion has not tasted the same success this year. If ever a statement was made that she is still a major player to be reckoned with, it was emphatically made with 7 straight birdies from the 5th hole through the 11th. She was scorching the course at 8-under until a final hole double bogey dropped her back to 6-under 65. She leads the tournament by 2 strokes, but I am always nervous when any player ends a round like NYC did. For whatever reason, sometimes players carry that into the next round. Hopefully, Na Yeon will forget what happened on 18 and remember how grooved she was when it was all working on holes 1 through 17.

NA YEON CHOI

GRACE PARK

MICHELLE WIE

RYANN O’TOOLE

AI MIYAZATO

MORGAN PRESSEL

PAULA CREAMER

SUZANN PETTERSEN

YANI TSENG

ANNA NORDQVIST

SARA BROWN

STACY LEWIS

POS START CNTRY PLAYER TO PAR THRU TODAY R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1 1 KOR CHOI, Na Yeon -6 2:21 PM 65 65
2 2 KOR PARK, Grace -4 2:21 PM 67 67
T3 T3 USA BUNCH, Ashli -3 2:21 PM 68 68
T3 T3 KOR HUR, M.J. -3 2:10 PM 68 68
T3 T3 SWE NORDQVIST, Anna -3 2:10 PM 68 68
T3 T3 KOR PAK, Se Ri -3 9:27 AM 68 68
T7 T7 NOR PETTERSEN, Suzann -2 2:10 PM 69 69
T7 T7 KOR KANG, Jimin -2 1:59 PM 69 69
T7 T7 USA WARD, Wendy -2 1:59 PM 69 69
T7 T7 USA LEWIS, Stacy -2 9:27 AM 69 69
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T11 T11 USA WALSHE, Alison -1 1:59 PM 70 70
T11 T11 KOR CHOI, Chella -1 1:48 PM 70 70
T11 T11 USA FANKHAUSER, Mollie -1 1:48 PM 70 70
T11 T11 JPN MIYAZATO, Ai -1 1:48 PM 70 70
T11 T11 AUS WEBB, Karrie -1 1:37 PM 70 70
T11 T11 USA LANG, Brittany -1 9:27 AM 70 70
T11 T11 AUS KEMP, Sarah -1 9:16 AM 70 70
T11 T11 NLD SCHREEFEL, Dewi Claire -1 9:16 AM 70 70
T19 T19 USA O’TOOLE, Ryann E 1:37 PM 71 71
T19 T19 KOR SEO, Hee Kyung E 1:37 PM 71 71
T19 T19 TPE HUNG, Amy E 1:26 PM 71 71
T19 T19 USA HURST, Vicky E 1:26 PM 71 71
T19 T19 KOR PARK, Hee Young E 9:16 AM 71 71
T19 T19 USA HART, Marcy E 9:05 AM 71 71
T19 T19 THA PHATLUM, Pornanong E 9:05 AM 71 71
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T26 T26 CAN SHARP, Alena +1 1:26 PM 72 72
T26 T26 USA BADER, Beth +1 1:15 PM 72 72
T26 T26 USA JOHNSON, Jennifer +1 1:15 PM 72 72
T26 T26 USA SONG, Christine +1 1:15 PM 72 72
T26 T26 TPE KUNG, Candie +1 1:04 PM 72 72
T26 T26 KOR LEE, Meena +1 1:04 PM 72 72
T26 T26 USA PRAMMANASUDH, Stacy +1 1:04 PM 72 72
T26 T26 DEU GAL, Sandra +1 12:53 PM 72 72
T26 T26 TPE TSENG, Yani +1 12:53 PM 72 72
T26 T26 USA KIM, Mindy +1 9:05 AM 72 72
T26 T26 USA CREAMER, Paula +1 8:54 AM 72 72
T26 T26 CAN KANE, Lorie +1 8:54 AM 72 72
T26 T26 USA LINCICOME, Brittany +1 8:54 AM 72 72
T26 T26 JPN MIYAZATO, Mika +1 8:43 AM 72 72
T26 T26 ESP MUNOZ, Azahara +1 8:43 AM 72 72
T26 T26 KOR SHIN, Jiyai +1 8:43 AM 72 72
T26 T26 CAN MELDRUM, Lisa +1 8:32 AM 72 72
T26 T26 USA PILLER, Gerina +1 8:32 AM 72 72
T26 T26 AUS WRIGHT, Lindsey +1 8:32 AM 72 72
T26 T26 USA SONG, Jennifer +1 8:21 AM 72 72
T46 T46 USA MCPHERSON, Kristy +2 12:53 PM 73 73
T46 T46 USA BROWN, Sara +2 12:42 PM 73 73
T46 T46 ITA SERGAS, Giulia +2 12:42 PM 73 73
T46 T46 CAN SHEPLEY, Jessica +2 12:42 PM 73 73
T46 T46 ITA CAVALLERI, Silvia +2 12:31 PM 73 73
T46 T46 KOR KANG, Haeji +2 12:31 PM 73 73
T46 T46 KOR LEE, Jee Young +2 12:31 PM 73 73
T46 T46 USA FERRERO, Lisa +2 12:20 PM 73 73
T46 T46 KOR JI, Eun-Hee +2 12:20 PM 73 73
T46 T46 KOR KIM, Song-Hee +2 12:20 PM 73 73
T46 T46 USA KERR, Cristie +2 8:21 AM 73 73
T46 T46 USA STANFORD, Angela +2 8:21 AM 73 73
T46 T46 SWE GUSTAFSON, Sophie +2 8:10 AM 73 73
T46 T46 ENG STUPPLES, Karen +2 8:10 AM 73 73
T46 T46 JPN UEDA, Momoko +2 8:10 AM 73 73
T46 T46 CAN SHERLOCK, Stephanie +2 7:59 AM 73 73
T62 T62 USA LACROSSE, Cindy +3 12:31 PM* 74 74
T62 T62 ESP RECARI, Beatriz +3 12:31 PM* 74 74
T62 T62 AUS SMITH, Sarah Jane +3 12:31 PM* 74 74
T62 T62 USA CARTER, Dori +3 12:20 PM* 74 74
T62 T62 USA KORDA, Jessica +3 12:20 PM* 74 74
T62 T62 CAN WHITE, Adrienne +3 12:20 PM* 74 74
T62 T62 KOR BAE, Kyeong +3 7:59 AM 74 74
T62 T62 USA WIE, Michelle +3 7:59 AM 74 74
T62 T62 USA INKSTER, Juli +3 7:48 AM 74 74
T62 T62 USA THOMPSON, Lexi +3 7:48 AM 74 74
T62 T62 AUS WHITAKER, Alison +3 7:48 AM 74 74
T62 T62 KOR AHN, Shi Hyun +3 7:37 AM 74 74
T62 T62 USA DUNN, Moira +3 7:37 AM 74 74
T62 T62 USA KIM, Christina +3 7:37 AM 74 74
T62 T62 USA GRZEBIEN, Anna +3 7:26 AM 74 74
T62 T62 SWE LINDBERG, Pernilla +3 7:26 AM 74 74
T62 T62 SWE SJODIN, Karin +3 7:26 AM 74 74
T62 T62 KOR LEE, Jeehae +3 7:15 AM 74 74
Projected Cut Line: Top 70 and ties will make the cut.
T80 T80 USA HURST, Pat +4 12:53 PM* 75 75
T80 T80 USA JERAY, Nicole +4 12:53 PM* 75 75
T80 T80 USA KIM, Kimberly +4 12:53 PM* 75 75
T80 T80 USA BORDNER, Danah +4 12:42 PM* 75 75
T80 T80 KOR MIN, Na On +4 12:42 PM* 75 75
T80 T80 USA OH, Angela +4 12:42 PM* 75 75
T80 T80 SWE STAHLE, Louise +4 7:37 AM* 75 75
T80 T80 USA AVERYHARDT, Shasta +4 7:26 AM* 75 75
T80 T80 USA LEON, Taylor +4 7:26 AM* 75 75
T80 T80 USA SUH, Jenny +4 7:26 AM* 75 75
T80 T80 USA GALLAGHER-SMITH, Jackie +4 7:15 AM* 75 75
T80 T80 USA GULBIS, Natalie +4 7:15 AM 75 75
T80 T80 SCT MOODIE, Janice +4 7:15 AM* 75 75
T80 T80 KOR PARK, Inbee +4 7:15 AM 75 75
T80 T80 PHL ROSALES, Jennifer +4 7:15 AM* 75 75
T95 T95 USA FUTCHER, Katie +5 1:26 PM* 76 76
T95 T95 SWE HJORTH, Maria +5 1:26 PM* 76 76
T95 T95 USA PRESSEL, Morgan +5 1:26 PM* 76 76
T95 T95 KOR LEE, Seon Hwa +5 1:15 PM* 76 76
T95 T95 USA LOUDEN, Stephanie +5 1:15 PM* 76 76
T95 T95 USA RANKIN, Reilley +5 1:15 PM* 76 76
T95 T95 USA FOUCH, Allison +5 1:04 PM* 76 76
T95 T95 KOR LEE, Ilhee +5 1:04 PM* 76 76
T95 T95 USA REYNOLDS, Jean +5 1:04 PM* 76 76
T95 T95 ESP MOZO, Belen +5 8:21 AM* 76 76
T95 T95 USA BLUMENHERST, Amanda +5 8:10 AM* 76 76
T95 T95 USA DELASIN, Dorothy +5 8:10 AM* 76 76
T95 T95 SWE FRIBERG, Louise +5 8:10 AM* 76 76
T95 T95 USA LEE, Jennie +5 7:59 AM* 76 76
T95 T95 USA PARK, Jane +5 7:59 AM* 76 76
T95 T95 USA TAMULIS, Kris +5 7:59 AM* 76 76
T95 T95 COL MORENO, Paola +5 7:48 AM* 76 76
T95 T95 WAL MORGAN, Becky +5 7:48 AM* 76 76
T95 T95 USA SHIN, Jenny +5 7:48 AM* 76 76
T95 T95 KOR HAN, Hee-Won +5 7:37 AM* 76 76
T95 T95 KOR YANG, Amy +5 7:37 AM* 76 76
T116 T116 USA BARTHOLOMEW, Jean +6 1:37 PM* 77 77
T116 T116 USA DIAZ, Laura +6 1:37 PM* 77 77
T116 T116 NLD BOELJON, Christel +6 8:32 AM* 77 77
T116 T116 USA SWEENEY, Jaclyn +6 8:32 AM* 77 77
T116 T116 COL URIBE, Mariajo +6 8:32 AM* 77 77
T116 T116 KOR KIM, Mi Hyun +6 8:21 AM* 77 77
T116 T116 USA MACKENZIE, Paige +6 8:21 AM* 77 77
T123 T123 USA LINDLEY, Leta +7 1:48 PM* 78 78
T123 T123 USA STEINHAUER, Sherri +7 1:48 PM* 78 78
T123 T123 USA WELCH, Kim +7 1:48 PM* 78 78
T123 T123 USA BOWIE YOUNG, Heather +7 1:37 PM* 78 78
T123 T123 FIN BLOMQVIST, Minea +7 9:05 AM* 78 78
T123 T123 USA LEWIS, Amelia +7 9:05 AM* 78 78
T123 T123 USA AMMACCAPANE, Dina +7 8:54 AM* 78 78
T123 T123 USA FRANCELLA, Meaghan +7 8:54 AM* 78 78
T123 T123 USA *LEE, Erynne +7 8:54 AM* 78 78
T123 T123 ENG DAVIES, Laura +7 8:43 AM* 78 78
T123 T123 USA JOH, Tiffany +7 8:43 AM* 78 78
T123 T123 KOR OH, Ji Young +7 8:43 AM* 78 78
T135 T135 FRA NOCERA, Gwladys +8 1:59 PM* 79 79
T135 T135 USA TSCHETTER, Kris +8 1:59 PM* 79 79
T135 T135 JPN NOMURA, Haru +8 9:16 AM* 79 79
T135 T135 USA REDMAN, Michele +8 9:05 AM* 79 79
T139 T139 USA HANNA, Allison +9 2:10 PM* 80 80
T139 T139 KOR KIM, I.K. +9 2:10 PM* 80 80
T139 T139 USA HARIGAE, Mina +9 1:59 PM* 80 80
T139 T139 AUS HULL, Katherine +9 9:16 AM* 80 80
T139 T139 KOR KIM, Birdie +9 9:16 AM* 80 80
T144 T144 CAN RICHDALE, Samantha +10 2:10 PM* 81 81
T144 T144 USA HAGE, Nicole +10 9:27 AM* 81 81
T146 T146 KOR YOO, Sun Young +11 2:21 PM* 82 82
T146 T146 USA *PICKERELL, Ashlee +11 9:27 AM* 82 82
148 148 PRY GRANADA, Julieta +12 9:27 AM* 83 83
149 149 KOR PAK, Jin Young +13 2:21 PM* 84 84
150 150 USA SMITH, Libby +16 2:21 PM* 87 87

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