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Grier 10 over at U.S. Women's Open

June 29, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. - Hagerstown's Ashley Grier needled her way to a birdie on the first hole of the 62nd U.S. Women's Open on Thursday.

The rest of the way, Grier couldn't find the thread to success and ended with a 10-over-par 81 in the opening round at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club.

Grier found the target on the 488-yard par-5 with a birdie, knocking in a 10-foot putt following a wedge from 70 yards.

"The birdie was so awesome with the applause," said Grier. "Then I should have made a birdie on the next hole but missed a five-foot putt."

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Grier had a par on No. 3 but then had her first miscue when she missed the fairway and bogeyed No. 4, followed by another bogey on No. 5 that put her at 1 over par.

With leader Angela Park posting a 3-under-par 68, Grier was still in good shape following pars at 13 and 14 that left her at 4 over.

However, she suffered bogeys on 15 and 16 before disaster struck on the 440-yard 17th, a par 4 that resulted in a quadruple-bogey 8.

"I just couldn't get my hands dry and get a good grip on the club on 17 and hit the ball out of bounds," said Grier.

She finished with a par on No. 18 for a 43 on the back nine.

The top 60 scores and any player within 10 strokes of the leader after the second round make the cut.

Grier said, "I'll just go out without any pressure and try to play well. I thought I kept my nose to the grind today and played better than the round shows."

Afternoon groups were interrupted early in the rounds with a weather delay at 3 p.m. Grier's scheduled tee time of 2:20 p.m. today could be pushed back if the first round continues this morning.

For more details about Grier's week at the U.S. Women's Open, go to www.herald-mail.com/sports/blogs/koelble.

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