Originally created 10/12/03

Teske leads by one after three rounds at Houston LPGA stop



THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Rachel Teske had five birdies on the back nine - including four on the last five holes - and finished with a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the LPGA Samsung World Championship.

Se Ri Pak, the leader after two rounds, was one back along with Beth Daniel. Annika Sorenstam, who shot a third-round 68, was two strokes off the pace heading into Sunday's final round at the Tournament Players Course at The Woodlands, just north of Houston.

The Australian-born Teske, looking for her third LPGA victory this year, started the day at 5-under and two shots back of Pak.

Teske three-putted the par-4 second hole for bogey, then rolled in back-to-back birdies at Nos. 5 and 6. She made a 3-footer for birdie at the 11th and a 12-footer at the par-3 No. 14 to give her a share of the lead at 8-under.

At the par-5 15th, she chipped from about 10 yards to 5 feet from the hole and made it for birdie, then holed out from a bunker at No. 16 for another birdie. Teske finished by converting a 10-footer for birdie at 18 to give her a three-round total of 205.

Daniel, also was two shots behind Pak when play began, birdied the par-4 second hole, then had back-to-back birdies at Nos. 5 and 6 to get to 8-under and a share of the lead. She had the lead alone when her 3-footer for birdie at the No. 9 went in, but missed a short putt at the par-4, 385-yard No. 10 for a bogey before a 24-foot putt from the back fringe of the 15th green went in for eagle. She finished with three straight pars for her 5-under 67.

Daniel, 46, became the oldest winner on the LPGA Tour when she won the Canadian Woman's Open in July. She's won this event three times: the first in 1980 in its inaugural year, then again in 1981 and most recently in 1994.

Pak won this event in 1999 and has three LPGA victories this year. She birdied the first hole then made 12 straight pars before birdies at 14 and 16. She wound up with a 69.

Sorenstam, whose round Friday qualified her for the LPGA Hall of Fame, also was two shots back at the start of play. She birdied the par-5 13th to get to 7-under, and grabbed a share of the lead with birdies at 14 and 15. She parred the rest of the way and remained in contention.

Sophie Gustafson used birdies on five of the first six holes to climb into a tie for the lead at 8-under but faded later to finish with a 69 to tie with Juli Inkster, both five shots behind Teske.