World Series lead a surprise for Henke Mudd gets warning; Daly shoots 10-over


AKRON, Ohio -- The first round provided a good surprise for Nolan Henke -- the lead in the NEC World Series of Golf.

It was a bad surprise for Jodie Mudd -- a warning from a marshal on Mudd's backswing.

It may not have been a surprise at all for John Daly, but it was ugly, ugly, ugly.

Henke, making a major revision in his swing and not at all confident about how he would play, took four strokes off par with a 66 yesterday and established a two-shot lead in this winners-only tournament.

"I'm just really surprised I played well today," Henke said. "Maybe it was just beginner's luck."

But he certainly was no more surprised than Mudd who, while on his backswing at the 16th tee at Firestone, was told by a marshal, "Don't hit it, there's someone out there."

Mudd, 3-under par at that point and leading the tournament, backed off the shot but appeared shaken.

When he next stepped to the tee, he hooked his drive deep into the woods and a little creek and eventually made double bogey-7 on the hole.

"I was bizarred out," Mudd said after finishing with a 69 that left him three shots back. "I was out of it for the last four holes."

The statement was underscored by the fact that the incident took place when he had only three holes to play.

"I've never before been stopped on my swing when I was leading a tournament," Mudd said.

"I'm bitter about it," he said and walked away, declining to comment further.

Daly, a rookie who captured the imagination of America's golfing millions with his long-hitting victory in the PGA, also made a quick exit.

"That's the worst I've hit my driver this year," he said after a 10-over-par 80 at the Firestone Country Club course.

Larry Mize and Bruce Fleisher shared second at 68. Mudd was tied at 69 with Bob Tway and South African Open champ Wayne Westner.

LPGA Shootout

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Laurel Kean shot a course-record 66 to take the lead after one round.

Kean had six birdies to better the previous women's mark of 68 at the par-72, 6,231-yard Oak Brook Golf Club.

She was a stroke ahead of Jody Anschutz, who lost a playoff to Cindy Rarick in the Northgate LPGA Classic last week.

rTC Mitzi Edge, Sherri Steinhauer, Dale Eggling and Martha Nause were next at 68.

U.S. Amateur

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Scott de Serrano of Farmers Branch, Texas, defeated Pat Tallent, Vienna, Va., 5 and 4, in the first round of match play in the 91st championship at The Honors Course. Tallent was the only Baltimore-Washington area player to qualify for the 64-man draw.

Other winners included former champion Jay Sigel and defending champion Phil Mickelson, while the losers included Gary Nicklaus, third of Jack Nicklaus' four sons.

LPGA qualifying

VENICE, Fla. -- Kim Williams of Potomac shot a 1-under-par 71 for a 54-hole sectional total of 223, and advanced to the final qualifying school, scheduled for Oct. 15-18 at Daytona Beach, Fla. With the top 30 and ties moving on, it took a score of 224 to make it. Among the casualties were Susan Slaughter, Floyd, Va., 72-77-77226, and Leland Ingham, Bethesda, 76-75-76227. Marilyn Lovander, Willmar, Minn., shot 69212, and led the field by seven strokes. Williams' round was one of seven sub-par efforts among the 79 starters.

PGA Juniors

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Rain forced a suspension of play for the day part way through the third round of the championships at PGA National Golf Club. Neither Middle Atlantic PGA representative, Jenny Chuasiriporn of Timonium for the Girls, and James Duke of Potomac for the Boys, finished and they will resume play today.

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