Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mallon Seeks More Than St. Louis Tan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mallon Seeks More Than St. Louis Tan

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Meg Mallon remembers the carefree summer of 1985. She spent some lazy, hazy days at her sister's house, across the street from Forest Hills Country Club.

She had just finished a stellar career at Ohio State University. Her college roommate, Susan Fromuth, lived in St. Louis and is a Forest Hills member.

The opportunities to play golf were abundant, but Mallon spent most of her time getting a tan.

"This place is better than Florida in the summer," she said. "It gets so hot."

When she is on, when the putter is perking, when the ball-striking is robust, Mallon is as good as anyone. She gets so hot.

Mallon had that look about her Thursday after Day One of the GHP Heartland Classic at Forest Hills. Her 3-under-par 69 put her in a three-way tie for second place, 2 strokes behind Pearl Sinn.

"I just played really well today," said Mallon, 31, who resides in Ramona, Calif. "My irons were right at the greens all day and I gave myself a lot of opportunities."

Mallon is easily the most recognizable name on the leaderboard and, perhaps, the best bet to capture the first Heartland Classic championship.

"I think you'll see it change after today," Mallon said. "Friday, I have a feeling you're going to see a lot better scores. You're going to see some more names.

"Right now, everyone is getting to know their way around. It's the first time on the course and the first time for the event. The players are sort of feeling their way."

Mallon's sister, Trisha Burdzy, spent eight years in her home near Forest Hills. A year ago she moved with her husband to Detroit.

"She married an Irish-Polish guy," Mallon said, with a laugh. "Is that unusual for St. Louis, or what?"

Mallon played at Forest Hills once, but she remembered little about it before arriving Monday for the tournament. Still, she came to town with an advantage - mentally.

For background: the six-time winner on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour missed the cut in two previous LPGA events. She was distracted by a quest to make the U. …

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