Originally created 05/15/98

Alcott off to slow start in latest bid for Fame

ROCKLAND, Del. -- Amy Alcott has been trying since 1991 to register the one tournament victory that would get her into the LPGA Hall of Fame.

Looks like it won't happen this week.

Alcott, 42, shot a 74 Thursday and trailed leader Se Ri Pak by nine shots after the first round of the LPGA Championship. Alcott was even after 11 holes but bogeyed Nos. 12, 14 and 15.

"I played really well the front side, but then I had a couple of lapses, a couple bad shots and a couple of bad pitches on the back nine," she said. "I'm playing really well, though, so I'm not disappointed."

Alcott won her 29th career event in 1991, the Nabisco Dinah Shore. That left her one victory short of qualifying for the Hall of Fame, but that elusive 30th win has been terribly hard to come by.

Her best finish in 1997 was a tie for 29th and her best performance this year is a tie for 25th.

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SLOW PLAY PENALTY: It's been a wacky week for rookie Janice Moodie.

Moodie, of Scotland, got into the tournament on Wednesday morning after Mitzi Edge withdrew. Moodie was playing well Thursday before being cited for slow play on the ninth hole, a two-stroke penalty.

She birdied the hole but was credited with a bogey and finished with a 75.

Doug Brecht, an LPGA rules official, called the penalty. A player gets approximately two minutes to shoot and a 25-second grace period; Moodie took 198 seconds to make her putt.

"Our pace was pretty slow, but that was because the group in front of us was keeping us slow," Moodie said. "So they dart off and we're all of a sudden a hole behind."

The slow-play call was made without any warning.

"It was a little bit of a shock more than anything else," Moodie said. "It was bizarre. Obviously I was mad, but I still had nine holes to play so I put it behind me."

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PREFERRED LIE: Soggy conditions caused tournament officials to institute the "preferred lie" rule on the 11th and 16th holes during Thursday's opening round.

The rule allows a player to "lift, clean and place" her ball within one club length of its original position if it initially lands in the fairway of the hole being played.

The 11th fairway was extremely muddy in several areas and the fairway on 16 had not been mowed in a week. Officials hoped that continued warm temperatures and the absence of rain would enable them to lift the rule by the weekend.

RECORD-BREAKER: The weather was almost perfect, and as a result a record-breaking crowd showed up to enjoy the day by watching some golf.

Attendance was announced at 13,700 -- the most ever to attend the DuPont Country Club course on a Thursday.

Clear skies and 80 degree temperatures are predicted through the weekend.


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