Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golfers May Send Chills through Crowd

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golfers May Send Chills through Crowd

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If all goes according to prediction, there'll be as many parkas as pars at the GHP Heartland Classic today.

When Wendy Ward, Janet Anderson and Patti Berendt are the first to tee off at 7:30 a.m. at Forest Hills Country Club, they might have to wipe the frost off their club face.

"I like it when it's nice and warm," said defending champion Liselotte Neumann, who tees off at noon. "You're able to get loose and stay warm and relaxed. It's tough when you have to put sweaters on.

"I just hope the rain stays away, because then it's really tough. I think I'm going to have to go buy some mittens tonight."

Neumann said her confidence-building performance last year could give her a psychological edge as the tournament begins. But with Tuesday's rain and the chilly temperatures, Forest Hills will be playing differently this time.

"It's a little more wet and so it has a little different character than last year," Neumann said. "It's nice. The fairways are holding. A lot of holes are really tight and shots will have to be well-placed. Seems like this year, you will be able to be more aggressive."

"I don't know if being the defending champion means anything. I think anybody can win it."

Michelle McGann, who captured her first career win with a championship at the Sara Lee Classic in May and followed up with a win at the Youngstown-Warren in July, leads the LPGA Player off the Year standings. McGann has 32 points, while Laura Davies and Kelly Robbins are tied for second with 30 points.

Points are earned with top-five finishes. First place gets nine points, second place gets four points and on down.

"It's kind of neat that I've held my position after going through a stretch where I didn't play as well," McGann said. "It's something you don't really consciously think about from week to week, but it's definitely a goal you're trying to accomplish."

Rams players Mark Rypien and Marv Cook are scheduled to make an appearance Friday at Forest Hills. They will sign autographs at Charlie Spoon's restaurant and bar tent off the first tee. …

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