Friday, April 4, 2008

Karen Stupples: Remember Her?

You should. She's a former Women's British Open Champion (2004) and she now leads after one round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Of course, after having a new baby within 12 months, all of the angles talk about the newfound patience that she has with her little man around the links.

The working mom also has learned that time management is key to the success of balancing family and career.

"When I go to practice, I really make the most of the time I have, and I am just more appreciative of everything that comes along, and more patient as well," she said. "When you have a baby, you have to learn a bit of patience, and that's always been a tough thing for me, so I think it's been really good for me."

She admitted she learned a lot about patience in her pregnancy and more about her game to go along with it.

She played a pretty flawless round on Thursday, and here's how she got to the lead:

Stupples opened with three birdies on the front nine in almost ideal conditions. She rolled in a 15-footer on No. 2 (517-yard par 5), then got to within two inches on No. 4 (380-yard par 4). On No. 5, she used a 6-iron on the 182-yard par 3 to get to within 15 feet.

On the back nine, Stupples used her pitching wedge from short of the bunker on No. 11 (495-yard par 5) to get within five feet for a birdie and finished with another birdie on 17 (173-yard par 3) with another five-footer.

Question is: with Lorena breathing down her neck, does Stupples have the patience to potentially get passed today if she cannot play another near flawless round?

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