Heinen tops field at Classic

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2002

SILVIS, Ill. -- Mike Heinen, trying to regain full PGA Tour membership, shot an 8-under-par 63 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Funk in the John Deere Classic.

Heinen, the 1994 Shell Houston Open winner who has split the last two seasons between the PGA Tour and Buy.com Tour, had just 26 putts and one-putted eight greens on the TPC at Deere Run.

Defending champion David Gossett was two strokes back along with Tripp Isenhour and Robert Gamez. Spike McRoy, the B.C. Open winner last week, was another stroke back at 66 in a group that included Duffy Waldorf, Peter Jacobsen and Nolan Henke. Waldorf tied for 18th last week in the British Open.

Big Apple Classic

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Scotland's Kathryn Marshall and South Korea's Minny Yeo shot 3-under 68s to share the first-round lead in the Big Apple Classic.

Yeo had the best round of her LPGA Tour career after gaining a spot in the field Monday when countrywoman Se Ri Pak withdrew.

Kelli Kuehne, Sherri Steinhauer, Kris Tschetter and Silvia Cavalleri opened with 69s, and Karrie Webb was another stroke back in an 11-player group that included Meg Mallon and Beth Bauer.

Annika Sorenstam and Juli Inkster, ranked 1-2 on the money list, made their first starts since Inkster beat Sorenstam in the U.S. Women's Open on July 7. Sorenstam, the 1998 and 2000 winner, shot a 71, and Inkster had a 75 on the Wykagyl course.

Dutch Open

HILVERSUM, Netherlands -- Germany's Tobias Dier matched the PGA European Tour record with a 10-under 60 to take a five-stroke lead in the Dutch Open.

Senior British Open

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland -- Japan's Noboru Sugai shot a 4-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Scotland's Russell Weir after the first round of the Senior British Open.

Tom Watson, the five-time British Open champion, eagled the first hole en route to a 70 on the Royal County Down course. Watson is making his first appearance in the tournament.

U.S. Junior Amateur

DULUTH, Ga. -- Tarik Can of New York, the co-medalist playing match play for the first time in his golf career, advanced to the second round of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Can, the 17-year-old from Douglaston in Queens, beat Matt Edwards of Henderson, Nev., 5 and 4 on the Atlanta Athletic Club's par-70 Highlands Course. Jarred Texter of Lancaster, Pa., the other co-medalist, dropped a 2-up decision to Shane Sigsbee of McKinney, Texas. Defending champion Henry Liaw of Rowland Heights, Calif., routed Tom Guillebeau of Hockessin, Del., 8 and 6.

U.S. Girls Junior

WESTFIELD, N.J. -- Qualifying medalist In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls Junior Championship.

The 14-year-old Park beat Laura Caniff of Russell, Ky., 4 and 3 in the second round of match play, and edged Stephanie Connelly of Pasadena, Md., 1-up in the third round on the Echo Lake course.



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