Rookie Evelyn Orley came into this week's LPGA Championship having missed the cut in every event this year. Since joining the tour in October, she hasn't won a dime.
So it came as quite a shock Thursday when the 26-year-old native of Switzerland opened with a 68, earning a share of the lead. After that, however, she returned to reality _ in a hurry.
Orley fell off the leaderboard with a 75 on Friday, then bogeyed three of the first five holes Saturday en route to another 75. Although she finished the day 14 strokes off the lead, she could console herself knowing that today she will collect her first check on the LPGA Tour.
When she got married last month, Cathy Johnston-Forbes didn't just gain a husband. She got someone to carry her clubs.
"He was formerly a greens superintendent," she said. "Now he caddies for me."
The newlyweds, who spent their honeymoon at a tournament, should earn enough money this week to pay for the wedding. Johnston-Forbes entered today's final round in a tie for second.
No place like home
Barb Bunkowsky, who was alone in fourth place after the third round, said she felt comfortable on the 6,261-yard Bethesda Country Club course.
"I love this golf course," she said. "It reminds me of where I grew up in Toronto."
Feeling right at home, Bunkowsky had a pair of birdies and 16 pars Saturday in her third straight sub-par round.
The Senior Tour works for the men. So why can't the older players on the LPGA Tour play in their own sanctioned tournaments?
"We don't really have the following like the men's tour," said 53-year-old Kathy Whitworth, a Hall of Famer who has won 88 LPGA events. "Sure we have some seniors, but you don't know who they are."
Whitworth said a senior tour for women might work in several years _ if the minimum age was 45. That's when players such as Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley and Amy Alcott would be eligible.
"You'd have to catch them as they're winding down their careers. The demand might be there then," Whitworth said.
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