KARRIE WEBB Aussie adjusting to the course
She is playing in this tournament for the fourth time, but first at this course.
By JAYME RAMSON
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
VIENNA -- Karrie Webb is confident that the level her game is at right now is good enough to win a tournament. She will try to do just that when she tees off today.
Webb had never played at Squaw Creek Country Club until this week. She played nine holes on Wednesday and 18 holes in the pro-am on Thursday.
"I really have enjoyed the course the last couple days," said Webb, who knows she needs to get off to a good start to have a chance at winning.
Webb has played in the local tournament three times. In 1996 she tied for 12th place, in 1998 she tied for seventh, and in 1999 she tied for third.
Despite missing the cut at the U.S. Open earlier this year, Webb is fairly happy with her game.
"I don't think it is as good as it has ever been, but it is definitely in good enough shape to win a golf tournament," she said.
Webb may be more confident after her performance on the greens at last week's Jamie Farr Kroger Classic.
"I putted pretty well last week so I feel pretty good about things as far as they go on the greens," said Webb.
Webb tied for third at last week's tournament behind winner and fellow Australian Rachel Teske. Teske and Webb will compete for the top spot again this weekend.
To win that top spot Webb wants to focus on having a good first round today. She detailed what she considers a good start: "Not necessarily making lots of birdies, but hitting good shots and giving myself some chances and not making hard work of things early on."
Webb, like many other golfers on the tour, views Nancy Lopez as a great example both on and off the course.
"I think it is great for the fans because I know they love her just as much as she loves them," said Webb of Lopez's farewell tour. "It is sad to see one of the greats coming close to ending [her] career and I think in all sports you think the best athletes are going to be around forever."
Webb seems to be emulating some of Lopez's involvement in LPGA special events with her involvement in a celebrity pro-am tournament in her name, which benefits the Christopher Reeves Foundation for Paralysis.
"I get to have the success on the golf course and I just wanted to give something back," said Webb.