By Times Staff and Wire Reports
Published February 13, 2004
SAN DIEGO - Kevin Stadler, son of former Masters champion Craig Stadler, shot 8-under-par 64 to take the first-round lead Thursday in the Buick Invitational and steal the spotlight from Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh. Stadler finished with a birdie and an eagle on the North course for a one-shot lead over Jesper Parnevik and Ted Purdy.
"I've been playing well, but I would never have dreamed of this," Stadler said.
It caught Woods off guard.
As he was completing a frustrating round of 71 on the tougher South course, Woods was told that Kevin Stadler was leading.
"Kevin?" Woods said. "I thought it was Craig."
Singh needed birdie on 18 to shoot 71 on the North course.
SOCCER: U.S. squad goes 4th
USA finished fourth in the regional Olympic qualifying tournament, falling to Honduras 4-3 in a penalty shootout after being tied at 1 after regulation in Guadalajara, Mexico. Alecko Eskandarian opened the scoring for the Americans in 50th minute. Eddie Gaven, Ed Johnson and Eskandarian scored for Team USA in the shootout. USA was eliminated from the Athens Games by Mexico Tuesday night. In the championship game Thursday, Diego Martinez scored in overtime to give Mexico a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica.
COLLEGES: Recruiting rules reviewed
Responding to recent scandals, the NCAA will look into making its recruiting rules more stringent. NCAA president Myles Brand announced he is forming a task force because he is concerned that recent allegations could tarnish the NCAA's image.
FOOTBALL: Boulder District Attorney Mary Keenan wants Colorado to try to settle sexual assault lawsuits filed by three women who say they were raped by players or recruits in 2001.
SWIMMING: UF senior Sara McLarty posted an Olympic trials and NCAA-qualifying time (4:44.59), third fastest in school history, to take second in the 400-meter individual medley at the Spring Nationals in Orlando.
TENNIS: UCF's Ola Luzcak won the deciding match against USF's Patricia Kolendo to defeat the visiting Bulls 4-3.
ET CETERA HORSES: Jockey Julie Krone, who returned Wednesday after nearly two months off while recovering from injuries, canceled plans to ride again at Santa Anita because of soreness. ... With nine wins in 37 mounts, Juan Umana was jockey of the month at Tampa Bay Downs.
SAILING: Connecticut's Steven Shepstone and Peter Galloway used stronger breezes to take the top two places in the Sonar Class World Championship in St. Petersburg. Four of the top 10 were disabled sailors, topped by third-place finisher John Ross-Duggan and crew J.P. Creignon, Brad Johnson and St. Petersburg's Colin Park serving as spinnaker handler and tactician. Area sailors Ed Sherman and crew Diane Fowler, Arthur Anosov and George Bothwell were fourth.
TENNIS: Top-seeded Kim Clijsters needed just 39 minutes to beat Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-1, 6-0 and reach the Gaz de France quarterfinals in Paris.