4:55 p.m. -- Midway through the afternoon rounds, there's still a two-way tie for the lead at 4-under par. Stacy Lewis and Seon Hwa Lee each shot 68 in the morning round to set the pace. Inbee Park shot 69 and stands a shot back at 3-under. Three players are at 3-under and still on the course -- Yani Tseng, Christie Kerr and Lindsey Wright.
Locust Hill is clearly more difficult that in past years when the Wegmans event was a regular LPGA event. Officials made some major changes to make it suitable for a major. Course superintendent Rick Slattery narrowed fairways, planted some new trees and added tees. Two tees were built and four expanded to add a total of 140 yards to the course, which measures 6,505 for the event.
Only three players shot in the 60s in the morning round, and the number figures to be about the same this afternoon. Contrast that to last year's Wegmans event here, when there were 24 sub-70 scores in the first round. That included a 64, a 65, a 66 and two 67s. A 67 would be leading this major.
"It's obviously harder," said Paula Creamer, who shot 1-under 71 this morning. "The golf course is playing difficult. I don't know in the past years if the leading score was just a few under-par. It's a major and you have to go out and put four good rounds of golf together."
--- Jerry Sullivan
12:54 p.m. -- Renowned golf instructor David Leadbetter is in attendance and following Michelle Wie. On the front nine had occasional conversations with her father B.J. Wie struggled to find Locust Hill's narrow fairways on the front side . . . Wehrle Dome golf instructor Cindy Miller is here along with some 30 junior girls golfers. Her husband and fellow instructor Allen Miller, also is on hand. . . . Wegman's sponsorship is evident. The tee markers? Miniature shopping carts. ... Juli Inkster is lighting it up on her 50th birthday. She strung birdies on 7-8-9 and is 4 under.
-- Bob DiCesare
A couple of marginal pros are atop the leader board early in the LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club.
Heather Bowie Young, who hasn't finished better than 20th on the tour this season, is 4-under after 12 holes. Young, who graduated from Arizona State in 1997, is tied with South Korean Seon Hwa Lee, who birdied the 10th to get to 4-under on the par-72 layout.
Sherri Steinhauer is 2-under at the turn and 18 golfers are clustered at 1-under. Michelle Wie is currently tied for 30th place at 1-over par. Nancy Lopez, who hasn't played regularly on tour in eight years, is 8-over after eight holes. Lopez, who won the fifth of her five straight tournaments here as a rookie in 1978, is a huge favorite in Rochester. I followed for a few holes and it's clear she no longer has the game to compete at this level.
--- Jerry Sullivan