Originally created 10/26/01

Shorb laps field in senior event



There was no catching Connie Shorb in the final round of the Women's Eastern Senior Championship Thursday at Houndslake Country Club in Aiken.

Shorb, of York, Pa., carried a five-shot lead into the final round and ended winning by 11 shots after firing a 2-over-par 74. Her previous rounds were 74-73, brining her home at 5-over-par 221. Karen Ferree of Hilton Head Island, S.C., the wife of former Midland Valley Country Club co-owner Jim Ferree, finished second after rounds of 78-79-73-232.

Annika Sorenstam, seeking her seventh LPGA Tour victory of the year, beat Japan's Mineko Nasu 3 and 2 Thursday in the first round of the World Ladies Match Play Championship in Narita, Japan.

South Korea's Se Ri Pak, seeded second behind Sorenstam among the 16 LPGA Tour players, also advanced, beating Japan's Michiko Hattori 2 and 1 on the Sosei Country Club course.

The tournament is the tour's first match play event since 1992. It replaces the World Ladies Challenge, a team event between the LPGA Tour and Japan LPGA.

Sorenstam will play Michele Redman, a 2-and-1 winner over Japan's Kasumi Fujii.

Pak, a five-time winner this season, advanced to a second-round match with Scotland's Janice Moodie, a 4-and-3 winner over Japan's Michiei Ohba.