Originally created 08/25/06

Trio claim share of lead in Oregon



ALOHA, Ore. -- Bobby Wadkins, Wayne Levi and defending champion Loren Roberts each had 5-under-par 67s for a one-stroke lead after the first round of The Tradition, the final major on the Champions Tour.

Tom Kite and Keith Fergus were a stroke back on the par-72, 7,150-yard course at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club.

Wadkins has won twice on the Champions Tour this season, including the Senior Players Championship.

Wendy's Championship: In Dublin, Ohio, Stacy Prammanasudh took advantage of ideal scoring conditions to shoot 6-under-par 66 and grab a share of the lead with Jee Young Lee, Kristal Parker-Manzo and Katie Futcher in the opening round of the LPGA Tour event.

"It's really scoreable out there," Prammanasudh said of Tartan Field Golf Club.

"The greens are very receptive so you can fly at the pins if you have perfect yardage. If you fly it at the hole, you can't have more than a 10-footer."

Prammanasudh, Lee, Parker-Manzo and Futcher were a shot better than the top two names on the LPGA money list so far this season, Karrie Webb and Lorena Ochoa.

Natalie Gulbis, Brittany Lincicome, Kris Tschetter, Tina Barrett, Mikaela Parmlid and Soo-Yun Kang joined them after rounds of 67.

Parker-Manzo announced after her round that she is retiring after this tournament.

She was born in Columbus and grew up less than an hour from the course, had just one birdie on her first nine holes but then birdied her final two.

"I just want to go out and have some fun," she said. "It's time to go home and a be a mom."

Parker-Manzo retired two years ago after sustaining an elbow injury but found she wasn't ready to quit.

She said she has come to realize that she needs to move on.

"I've played golf for 36 years and competed for 29 years," she said.

"It's hard to walk away from it, but I'm ready for another chapter in my life."