It doesn't take a Yale graduate to know that the winner of a major golf tournament cannot be determined after just one round.
So, when Heather Daly-Donofrio refused to entertain the possibility of winning the LPGA Championship after her opening 68, she was drawing upon her experience - not her Ivy League education.Daly-Donofrio entered today's second round in a third-place tie behind Se Ri Pak, who shot a 6-under 65 Thursday on the DuPont Country Club course. It was a unaccustomed position for Daly-Donofrio, a rookie on the tour who has missed eight of nine cuts and has thus far earned $1,334.
After graduating from Yale, Daly-Donofrio decided to pursue a golf career rather than attend graduate school or take a job on Wall Street.
She's not your typical golfer - in addition to graduating cum laude from Yale and spending a semester at Oxford, Daly-Donofrio also speaks French and Italian. In addition, she guided the Yale golf team to its second straight Ivy League title in April.
Daly-Donofrio wasn't the only name on the leaderboard with an interesting story to tell. Pak, a 20-year-old from South Korea, has been playing for only six years and received the majority of instruction from her father, a CEO of a major company and a scratch golfer. Pak's 65 was her best round of a rookie season in which her best finish in nine events was 11th place at the Longs Drug Challenge in California.
Pak birdied eight holes, including all three par 5s, for a one-shot advantage over Lisa Walters. Pak outplayed the two Hall of Fame stars in her threesome, Nancy Lopez and JoAnne Carner.
BYRON NELSON CLASSIC: At Irving, Texas, Bob Friend, who needed a 63 in the final round of Qualifying School to earn his PGA Tour card for this year by a single stroke, shot another 63 on Thursday to take the first-round lead at the GTE Byron Nelson Classic.
Playing the more difficult TPC course at the Four Seasons Club and Resort, Friend made seven birdies to take a one-stroke lead over Tom Watson and Harrison Frazar. Tiger Woods, who is trying to win for the second consecutive week, was two strokes back at 65 along with Blaine McCallister, Frank Lickliter, Scott Gump and Ben Bates. Woods and Watson played the easier Cottonwood Valley course.
NIKE DOMINION OPEN: At Richmond, Va., Jerry Foltz shot a surprising 7-under-par 65 Thursday to take 1-shot lead in the opening round of the $225,000 Nike Dominion Open. The day before in the pro-am, Foltz shot a dismal 14-over 86 over the par-72, 7,020-yard The Dominion Club course.
Casey Martin, Brian Bateman and Steve Haskins were all one stroke back. Sixty-six players shot better than par, and defending champion Jeff Julian finished with an even-par 72.