Lorie Kane, Michele Redman lead LPGA Legends event at Innisbrook

PALM HARBOR — Lorie Kane is a full-time member of the LPGA Tour and plays as often as she can.

Michele Redman retired from the tour in mid August to become the women's golf coach at Minnesota.

They shot par 72 Saturday to share the lead after the first round of the LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship on Innisbrook's Island Course.

Legends Tour rookie Lori Atsedes, who teed off in the first group of the day, was second at 1 over. Liselotte Neumann, Val Skinner and Sherri Steinhauer were two back at 2 over.

Nancy Lopez was one off the lead after her first nine holes but faded to 3-over 75. Defending champ Rosie Jones, playing with Lopez, also shot 75.

Hall of Famer JoAnne Carner, 72, shot 15-over 85.

Kane, 46, last played a little over two weeks ago at the Taiwan Championship, where she made the cut. She played in 12 LPGA events this season and made 10 cuts. Being tournament tested against a field that plays sparingly is an edge, Kane said.

"I'm far, far from calling it a day out there," she said, referring to her career. "I plan to play many more years out there. I guess I'm a little more competitive tough because I've been able to play more competition."

Redman hasn't touched a club much since she retired. She squeezed in a practice round Friday and hoped for the best Saturday.

"I'm just trying to hit the center of the (club) face," said Redman, who finished second at Innisbrook last year as a Legends rookie. "I had no expectations at all. I just came down here for some fun. It's kind of a vacation for me."

None of the field of 44 broke par on a slightly windy but otherwise perfect day. Players said the reason was not the length of the course (6,200 yards) but the greens.

"These greens are the best I've played on all year, and I play on the big girls' tour," Kane said. "There weren't a lot of birdies made."

Steinhauer had a different word for the greens.

"They are treacherous," she said. "But they are fun to putt."

The surprise name near the top of the board was Skinner. She started her round with a quadruple-bogey 8 on the first hole. Over the next 17 holes, she played 2 under.

"At that point I'm thinking, 'Just don't embarrass yourself,' " Skinner said. " 'Have some pride in yourself and keep playing hard.' I did pretty well after that, except for a 3-putt on 17."

Steinhauer, who plans on shipping her clubs to California after today's second and final round and not use them again until January, said she will be watching the board all day today.

"I'll be aggressive from the beginning but not silly," she said. "There's times you can't go for it, but there is only one day left. You're probably going to have to fire a pretty low round."

Tee times begin at 8 a.m. today. For specific times and pairings, go to thelegendstour.com.

LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship

When/where: Today, Innisbrook resort, Island Course, Palm Harbor

Tickets: Adults, $20. Kids 17 and under, and military personnel with ID, free.

Website: thelegendstour.com

Lorie Kane, Michele Redman lead LPGA Legends event at Innisbrook 11/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:40pm]

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