VIENNA, Ohio -- Gloria Park had 10 birdies in a 6-under 66
Friday and held a one-stroke lead in the tournament she almost
didn't play in.
She was sick Thursday night and seriously considered withdrawing
before the first round of the LPGA Giant Eagle Classic at Squaw
Creek Country Club.
"I feel pretty good now," Park said. "[Thursday], my stomach
was hurting and I threw up during the night."
Young-A Yang had a 67 and Donna Andrews was another stroke back.
Marilyn Lovander, Nadina Taylor and Laura Diaz all had 69s.
Defending champion Rachel Teske struggled all day and finished
with a 75.
Park has been bothered by a sore left wrist over the past three
"My wrist was still hurting," she said. "I was getting
ultrasound on it this morning and actually asked one of the
sponsors if they had any alternates because I really wasn't feeling
Park tied her personal best for birdies in a round but also
struggled at times. She had two bogeys and double-bogeyed the
163-yard, par-3 12th.
"At that point I was really mad," Park said of hitting a
4-iron long off the tee. "On this golf course you don't want to be
over the green on a few holes and that was one of them."
The field is anything but stellar. Pat Hurst, who shot a 73, is
the only one here in the top 20 on the money list. She is 18th.
That gives players like Yang hope. The 25-year-old has missed
the cut in 10 of 15 starts this year. Yang, like Park, is from
South Korea. She has never finished higher than sixth.
"I made a birdie on my first hole, which was No. 10, and I had
about a 14-footer," Yang said. "I think after that I was pretty
Yang had only one bogey. She missed the green on the 526-yard,
par-5 2nd and missed a 10-foot par putt. That didn't bother her as
she came back to record birdies on Nos. 5 and 6, the latter coming
when her approach shot hit a tree and rolled within 2 feet of the
"The last couple of events I have stumbled on a few holes and
that changes the momentum," Yang said. "Today I was pretty
aggressive and I felt my focus was a little off (on the back nine).
But I talked to my caddie and I feel I have gotten over the
While Park's medical issues were short-term and unexpected,
Andrews has had her own woes for most of her career. She's playing
in just her second event in 10 weeks because of a dislocated right
shoulder, which happened while trying to pull apart two fighting
dogs. She had the same injury in 1999 when she was thrown off a
"I couldn't live life without my four-legged critters," the
37-year-old said. "It's not an option. I've been injured so much
during my career anyways I think my [name] is Donna 'Rehab'
Andrews had five birdies on the par-37 front nine. She bogeyed
10 and 14 before making up a stroke on No. 16.
"My golf game feels good for not having played much," Andrews
said. "I have a lot of confidence in my golf swing right now."
Lee Ann Walker-Cooper had a hole-in-one on the 181-yard 15th
with a 7-wood. She finished at even par.