Lidback gets back into swing LPGA Championship notebook GOLF


BETHESDA -- Jenny Lidback is making up for lost time with her play through two rounds of the LPGA Championship.

Lidback, 30, in her fifth tour season, followed a bogey with a birdie and used a 17-foot putt for birdie on the 18th green to shoot 67 for a 36-hole total of 136, one shot off the pace of leader Cindy Rarick.

It has been a fractured season for the native of Peru who now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. She played in the year's second event, in Hawaii, then, with her non-exempt status did not get into another event until the Lady Keystone Open in Hershey, Pa., a month ago.

That was the start of playing four straight weeks, and her play shows more consistency because of it.

She tied for 21st in Hershey, used a 69 as the highlight of a tie for seventh in the Corning (N.Y.) Classic, then tied for 19th in the Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing, Mich., last week.

"I was frustrated early in the year, because it was a long off-season, and I'm not the type to sit around," she said. "My season really just started in Hershey.

"When I came here, I had a chance to see my old coach, Tom Marty. I knew him when I was about 10 or 12 and we both lived in Baton Rouge. I left him a couple of times in the past, but decided to go back. He helped me a lot.

"It took my finish at Corning to get me in -- but with fewer opportunities, I concentrate better," she said.

Williams starts solidly

Kim Williams, playing from Bethesda, led the area contingent with a 1-under 70 and a 36-hole total of par 142. It is her best two-round start of the year.

She did not miss a fairway, finished with four birdies, three bogeys, with the latter coming in a row at Nos. 13-14-15.

Former Kensington resident Michelle Mackall finished 77-75152, and Baltimorean Tina Barrett completed a lackluster 36 holes with 77-76153.

A hit and a miss

A spectator getting hit in the head by a ball may have cost Jan Stephenson a stroke in her round of 69138.

"I was standing over a five-foot birdie putt when I head a scream," she said of the incident. "A shot from the driving range hit this man and when he screamed, it broke my concentration. You could hear it when it hit.

"I'm never too good on coming back on a putt, and it happened again. I missed it."

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