Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Schild, Moses open qualifying with 71s

Defending champ Eberle exempt from qualifying

By Andy Hemmer
Enquirer Contributor

The two co-leaders of the 2003 Northern Kentucky Women's Amateur golf tournament, Laura Schild and Libby Moses, may be competing against each other, but they also share a common battle strategy.

After both shot a 1-over 71 on the first day of qualifying at Devou Park Golf Course in Covington, neither plans to change a thing.

"Nothing. No changes. Same thing tomorrow as there was today, hopefully," said Schild, the three-peat champ from Twin Oaks Golf Course in Covington who won in '91, '92 and '93.

"I'm gonna play the same way, try to do the exact same things," said Moses, who also plays out of Twin Oaks, but is seeking her first crown. "That means getting off the tee and getting yourself into position, keeping the ball in play."

Today's 18-hole qualifier concludes the two-day prelims of medalist action and sets the stage for Wednesday's flight of match play, which will determine Thursday's championship flight of stroke play.

The favorite and six-time champ, Lori Eberle, played in the same first foursome with Schild, Moses and Deana Clark and shot a 75, but didn't turn in a scorecard. She receives an automatic pass to match play based on her victory last year.

"I didn't have to look far to see that there's some very strong competition," Eberle said.

Schild's play was an exercise in restraint. She recently purchased a powerful new driver, the Cleveland Launcher 400, for the singular purpose of competing with male players at Twin Oaks.

Except for a fleeting moment before the 9th hole, a par-4, 355-yarder, Schild was able to suppress her urges.

"It was screaming at me all day long, but I know not to take it out here," she said, motioning over her shoulder to the cozy confines of Devou. "That doesn't help, though, when you know it's in your bag. You just wanna take it out and rip it. I think I'm gonna leave it in my trunk tomorrow."

Though pleased with her performance, Moses lamented at least three opportunities for birdies that slipped away.

Ohio Am starts today

Kevin Kornowa of Toledo, who beat Miami University's Michael Sabo in a playoff last year, opens defense of his title today in the 97th Ohio Amateur at Aurora Country Club.

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