Sorenstam, Carafiello take early lead at LPGA T&CP Championship

Pecaro leads Challenge Division; Cusimano leads Seniors

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Braselton, Ga., September 23, 2013 – After first-round play of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) National Championship, Charlotta Sorenstam and Jessica Carafiello are tied for the lead in the Championship Division with a 1-under-par 71.  The 26th staging of this annual event is being held at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga., Sept. 23-25.

“I’m happy I’ve made some putts: that’s the difference in score,” said Sorenstam.  “I’ve missed a couple of shots, but I missed in the right way.”

Sorenstam has been “playing smart,” in her words, which means hitting fairways and greens in regulation, taking advantage of the shorter holes, and playing ok on the harder holes.  “Most greens are rolling well,” she added. “You just have to be patient on the others.”  Sorenstam is the Director of Golf Operations at the Annika Academy in Orlando, Fla.

The top six finishers of the Championship division will go on to represent the LPGA T&CP in the 2014 Wegmans LPGA Championship, a major tour event. 

Carafiello, who finished her round earlier in the day, was informed by phone that she was tied for the lead.  She was in nearby Atlanta seeing the sights at the time. “I  played pretty well overall,” she said.  “The course fits me!” 

Carafiello, who is the Assistant Pro at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Va., went on to say that she didn’t capitalize on the par 5’s or short par 4’s, and she missed a couple of birdie putts, but she hit her wedges well on the back nine.   

Pecora leads Challenge Division

Jessica Pecora of Milton, Ga. shot a first-round 74 to take the lead in the Challenge Division of the tournament (5,900-6,200 yards).  Pecora started off with two pars on holes #10 and #11.  She birdied holes #12, 17 and 18, but double-bogied #6 and bogied #15 for a par 36 on the first nine.  Two bogies on the last nine put her two strokes back from par, but with the lead in the Division.


Tough Senior Division led by Cusimano

Three-time National Championship winner, Dede Cusimano, started her round on hole #10—and more slowly than she hoped—with a missed putt for a bogey.   “That just got my juices flowing,” said Cusimano. 

And flow they did!  She birdied the next two holes, both par 5’s and the 17th on the front nine, plus hole #7 on the back for a first-round score of 69.

“I almost eagled the 18th,”  said Cusimano, smiling.  “I played well.  I’ve been playing well.”

Cusimano knows what it takes to win a T&CP National Championship; she won the championship division in 2003 and senior division in 2009 and 2010.  “The Senior Division is getting so competitive, you have to grind it out and play well,” she said. “I’m going to rest tonight and keep doing what I’m doing!”

Susan Bond, LPGA/PGA Professional at Weekapaug Golf Club in Westerly, R.I., sits two strokes back from Cusimano, carding a one-under-par 71 in the first round.

The LPGA National Championship was created in 1983 to provide additional playing opportunities for LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals. The three-day event has since grown to become recognized as the premier tournament for women golf professionals in the world.  The tournament features three divisions:  Championship (6,300-6,500 yards), Challenge (5,900-6,200 yards) and Senior (50+; 5,600-5,800 yards).  Each division will be cut to the Top 70 and ties after 36-holes.

Second-round play starts at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 off front and back nines on the Chateau Course at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Ga.  

The first round is complete.  The scoring is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Player Division Rd. 1
Anderson, Cheryl Champ 83
Anderson, Ruth Senior 74
Andonian-Smith, Sherry Senior


Andrews, Donna Champ 77
Aulenti, Angela Senior 72
Austin, Sally Senior 72
Bartholomew, Jean Champ 72
Bennett, Karen Senior 83
Bermingham, Jennifer Champ 76
Beuhring, Laura Challenge 82
Bond, Susan Senior 71
Bonhurst, Joy Challenge 84
Bools, Abby Champ 80
Bozarth, Marci Champ 79
Bremer, Lisa Champ 82
Cap, Kelly Champ 77
Carafiello, Jessica Champ 71
Chung, Chung Ran Challenge 94
Clark, Carole Senior 93
Cooper, Elizabeth Challenge 77
Cully, Jennifer Challenge 76
Curdt, Alison Champ 72
Cusimano, Dede Senior 69
Daugherty, Diane Senior 73
Davies, Karen Champ 78
Davis, Beverley Senior 73
Davis, Marlene Challenge 79
DeLuca, Annette Champ 74
DePaulo, Lisa Champ 81
Detlefsen, Katie Champ 76
Djerf, Tracy Champ 86
Dobek, Michelle Champ 40
Dorece, Christine Champ 40
Drew, Heather Senior 75
Dunphy, Karyn Senior 85
Dziabo, Melissa Champ 86
Edelen, Cathy Senior 73
Ferguson, Stefanie Champ 77
Fowler, Kristie Senior 78
Furst, Judy Senior 81
Gersten, Ashley Champ 72
Gibson, Janice Champ 74
Ginter, Sue Champ 72
Glasgow, Carla Senior 76
Gonzalez, Maria Senior 76
Goslak, Anne Marie Champ 73
Grimes, Lisa Champ 76
Gustafson, Peggy Senior 80
Hamerton, Wallace Senior 81
Hayes, Stephanie Challenge 84
Hill, Carolyn Senior 74
Hirst, Charlaine Champ 74
Huang, Shang-Fan Champ 76
Ishiguro, Teresa Champ 77
Jones, Marjorie Senior 75
Kirsch, Peggy Senior 76
Kleiman, Jan Senior 72
Kuehner, Victoria Champ 79
Lee, Hyosim Champ 79
Lindsey, Shari Senior 77
Ljungman-Smith, Ulrika Champ 80
Marquis, Patti Senior 87
Maxfeldt, Kammy Senior 72
McCurdy, Amanda Champ 78
McLaughlin, Jennifer Champ 88
Mitchell, Heidi Champ 83
Morrisey, C. Byon Senior 91
Muzik, Margie Champ 84
Nevatt, Linda Senior 76
Nogues Fraile, Teresa Champ 74
Palacios-Jansen, Karen Challenge 80
Pearson-Tucker, Paula Senior 80
Pecora, Jessica Challenge 74
Pinnell, Debra Senior 79
Preisinger, Carol Senior 78
Quinn, Christie Challenge 79
Rahal, Betty Senior 83
Reeves, Cindy Senior 73
Samp, Kristen Champ 73
Schmidt, Cathy Senior 84
Shafer, Kimberley Champ 82
Shanahan Rowe, Laura Champ 77
Sieg, Alexis Senior 87
Sorenstam, Charlotta Champ 71
Stefanik, Pamela Senior 92
Szekely, Erin Senior 80
Teno, Christa Senior 78
Tucker, Jennifer Champ 77
Underhill, Hannah Champ 81
Wilcox, Joyce Senior 87
Williams, Melissa Champ 84
Wilson, Hillery Champ 74
Young, Loretta Senior 77
Zamboni, Teresa Challenge 81
Zimron, Jamie Leno Senior 78

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