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LPGA players support Martin's use of cart

By BOB HARIG

© St. Petersburg Times,
published May 31, 2001


SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- There was plenty of reaction among LPGA Tour players about the Supreme Court ruling on Casey Martin, who will be allowed to ride a cart in PGA Tour events. The LPGA prohibits cart use. One player who probably could use one is Brenda Corrie Kuehn, who will compete while eight months pregnant. She walked the course Tuesday and hit balls Wednesday. Most players were happy for Martin, including Janice Moodie, an acquaintance.

"I've seen his leg. He needs a cart," Moodie said. "There's no way he can play without one. The guy can play golf. He just can't walk."

Kris Tschetter is another player who probably could benefit from a cart. She is recovering from hip surgery and delayed her return several times.

"By not walking, it definitely gives you an advantage," she said. "'Do I think he's taking advantage? No. I think he's got such a weird problem that I don't think he gets an advantage from being in a cart."

NEW CELEBRITY: Just a few months ago in Miami, when the LPGA Tour made its stop at Doral, Morgan Pressel was among the fans waiting for autographs. This week she has been signing them.

The youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, Pressel, 13, is having a quite a week. She tees off in the first round at 2:10 p.m. today.

"Logically, I expect to finish last," Pressel said. "I'm the youngest person here, and they're the best players."

Pressel shot 70 to win a sectional qualifier in West Palm Beach. She is from Boca Raton.

BREAKTHROUGH VICTORY: Sweden's Carin Koch won her first LPGA Tour event Sunday at the Corning Classic after eight years on the tour. She has used fellow Swede Annika Sorenstam as inspiration and motivation.

"It should make everyone play better," Koch said of Sorenstam's year, which includes five victories and a major title. "It's kind of like Tiger on the men's tour. You get to where you say, 'What can I do to beat these people who are playing so good?'

"It inspires you to play better because you know that they can do it and you want to try to catch up or keep up with her."

Tournament update

U.S. Golf Association

WHAT: U.S. Women's Open.

WHEN: Today-Sunday.

WHERE: Southern Pines, N.C.

COURSE: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (6,256 yards, par 70).

PURSE: $2.9-million.

WINNER'S SHARE: $520,000.

TV: 3-7 p.m. today-Friday, noon-completion Monday of 18-hole playoff, if necessary, ESPN; 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 8; Sunday's final round will be pre-empted by WFLA-Ch. 8's coverage of the All Children's Hospital telethon. It was not known which channel might pick up the coverage.

NOTES: Karrie Webb won last year at the Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill. Carin Koch won the Corning (N.Y.) Classic on Sunday.

* * *

PGA Tour

WHAT: Memorial.

WHEN: Today-Sunday.

WHERE: Dublin, Ohio.

COURSE: Muirfield Village Golf Club (7,221 yards, par 72).

PURSE: $4.1-million.

WINNER'S SHARE: $738,000.

TV: 3-6 p.m. today-Friday, USA; 3-6 p.m. Saturday, 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Ch. 10.

NOTES: Tiger Woods won last year. Frank Lickliter won the Kemper Insurance Open in Potomac, Md., on Monday.

* * *

Senior PGA Tour

WHAT: BellSouth Senior Classic.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday.

WHERE: Nashville, Tenn.

COURSE: Springhouse Golf Club (6,783 yards, par 72).

PURSE: $1.6-million.

WINNER'S SHARE: $240,000.

TV: 2-4 p.m. Friday, PAX; 6-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, CNBC.

NOTES: Hale Irwin won last year. Tom Watson won the Senior PGA Championship in Paramus, N.J., on Sunday.

Other tournaments

EUROPEAN PGA TOUR: British Masters, today-Sunday, Milton Keynes, England. (TV: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 8-10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. today-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 8-10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-noon, 9-10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday, Golf Channel.)

BUY.COM TOUR: Steamtown Classic, today-Sunday, Scranton, Pa.

COLLEGE MEN: NCAA Championship, through Saturday, Durham, N.C.

NGA HOOTERS TOUR: NGA Players Club Classic, today-Friday, St. Louis.

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: JCB Classic Sendai, today-Sunday, Miyagi, Japan.

PGA EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: NCC Open, today-Sunday, Billesholm, Sweden.

PGA EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: De Vere PGA Seniors Championship, today-Sunday, Chester, England.

FUTURES TOUR: Aurora Health Care Charity Golf Classic, Friday-Sunday, Sussex, Wis.

JAPAN LPGA: Resort Trust Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Tokushima, Japan.

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