Jenny Chuasiriporn, much more in the spotlight than on her previous two trips to the U.S. Women's Amateur championship, started with a 1-over-par 73 in the first of two on-site qualifying rounds at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich., yesterday.
This was three strokes off the pace set by early leader Jenny Glasgow, 21, of Corona del Mar, Calif., who shot a 70 over the 6,277-yard, par-72 course.
Later, Glasgow was joined by Curtis Cup players Brenda Corrie Kuehn, 33, Fletcher, N.C., and Virginia Grimes, 34, Montgomery, Ala.
The second round today will reduce the field of 144 to 64 for the match-play portion of the event. Two rounds tomorrow and Friday will produce four semifinalists for Saturday, with a scheduled 36-hole final on Sunday.
"I played pretty well," Chuasiriporn, 21, of Timonium, said. "I'm hitting it really well, and I'm very pleased with my game because that hasn't happened in the last couple of weeks."
Of her round, which started at No. 10, she said: "I had three birdies, but had bogeys on 17, 18 and 1. That happens out there."
She birdied the 341-yard 12th, hitting an 8-iron shot to four feet; the 365-yard 13th after hitting a 7-iron to 15 feet, then birdied the 416-yard third after striking a 5-wood shot to 15 feet.
In two previous appearances, Chuasiriporn had qualified for match play, then lost in the second round in 1996 and the first round last year.
Of the other Marylanders, Andrea Kraus, 37, of Pikesville and Woodholme CC, who has qualified for match play twice (and won one match) in five previous amateurs, had her best qualifying round with 74.
Two-time Maryland State Amateur champion Mallory Crosland, 20, from Bethesda and the Chevy Chase Club, returned 75, followed by Leland Beckel, 32, of Bethesda and Columbia CC, who had a 76.
Sally Krueger, 37, a former Middle Atlantic and Maryland State titlist now a doctor and living in San Francisco, had an 82.
Glasgow, a rising junior at Pepperdine University, eagled the 334-yard 14th when she hit a 134-yard 8-iron shot, and had three birdies on putts inside 10 feet.
She almost did not get this far, however, as she had to make a 14-foot putt on the final hole to gain the last qualifying place at Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., finishing with 77.
Of last year's semifinalists, only Curtis Cup player Robin Burke, of Houston, returns. Burke was a final-round 5-and-4 loser to Silvia Cavalleri, of Italy, who has since turned professional.
Also at 71 were Brandi Miller of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Terrill Samuel of Toronto, Marcy Newton of High Point, N.C., Stephanie Keever of Las Vegas and Kathy Hartwiger of Birmingham, Ala.
Curtis Cup player Kellee Booth of Coto De Caza, Calif., headed a group at par 72. The others are Jenna Daniels of Bonita, Calif., vTC Riko Higashio of Gainesville, Fla., Michelle Ellis of Australia, Karen Stupples and Elaine Ratliffe of England, Lisa McGill of Philadelphia and Robin Cook of Pace, Fla.
Pub Date: 8/12/98