SYLVANIA, Ohio Karen Stupples is playing with the confidence of a champion.
Teeing off just hours after a 13-hour flight from London, and without seeing the course, Stupples had seven birdies in a 6-under-par 65 Thursday for a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
Still caught up in the excitement of winning the Women's British Open on Sunday, Stupples said she ''floated around the course.''
U.S. Women's Open champion Meg Mallon, an Ohio State alum and a gallery favorite, had a run of three straight birdies and then birdied three of four in another stretch in a round of 66 that left her tied with defending champion Se Ri Pak.
Brandie Burton, Yu-Ping Lin, Catriona Matthew, Angela Jerman and Marisa Baena shared fourth place at 67. Rachel Teske, the 2002 Farr winner, opened with a 72.
Pak is trying for a record-tying fifth victory in the tournament. Only Mickey Wright has won an event five times. She claimed the Sea Island Open in 1957-58, 1960-61 and 1963.
CASTLE PINES, Colo. Rod Pampling hit every fairway and scored 15 points for the early lead at The International before afternoon thunderstorms halted the opening round with half the field still on the course.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden Amateur Louise Stahle stole the spotlight from Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, shooting a bogey-free 5-under 67 for the first-round lead at the HP Open.
Sorenstam was tied for third after shooting a 70 on the long Ullna course.
Emelie Svenningsson, another Swede, was alone in second with a 68 after opening her round with three straight birdies. She is making her first Ladies European Tour start thanks to a wild card as the top money winner on the Swedish Telia Tour.
The 19-tear-old Stahle, who is heading to Arizona State in two weeks, made all her birdies from relatively short distances.
Catrin Nilsmark, the non-playing captain on the European team that beat the United States in the Solheim Cup last year, was tied for sixth at 71 with fellow Swedish LPGA player Carin Koch, former HP Open champion Karine Icher of France, promising Finn Minea Blomqvist and three others.
Defending champion Sophie Gustafson, who also is a Swedish LPGA Tour regular, shot a 76.
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