Ellis hunts US Open leaders
By STEVE SPINKS and AAP
FORMER Casino golf professional Michelle Ellis produced a five-over par 76 in the first round of the US Women's Open in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday night.
Ellis was seven shots behind American co-leaders Brittany Lang and Angela Stanford going into last night's second round.
She was equal with fellow Aussies Karrie Webb and Nadina Taylor, but one shot behind the best-placed Australian Wendy Doolan, who hit a 75.
Former coach and Lismore Workers Golf Club professional, Peter Jaeger, left Australia last week to be with his former charge during her Open campaign.
Annika Sorenstam ground out an even-par 71 to sit two shots off the lead as the Swede remained in contention for an unprecedented Grand Slam.
Winner of the first two majors of the season, Sorenstam was lucky to be out on course early in the day before lightning forced an hour's interruption in the mid-afternoon.
The delay led to play being halted before the completion of the round due to darkness with more than 40 players still to finish their opening 18 holes.
Michelle Wie, the 15-year-old amateur who finished runner-up to Sorenstam at the LPGA Championship two weeks ago, was one-under-par after 15 holes.