Jane Geddes can't remember the last time she contended in a major, but she'll remember this round for a while. The 18-year LPGA Tour veteran, playing in her 60th McDonald's LPGA Championship round, recorded the third hole-in-one of her career en route to a tournament-leading five-under-par 66 in the second major championship of the 2000 season. The 66 was Geddes' best round at the championship, a tournament she won in 1987, and she leads Pat Bradley, Betsy King, Tracy Hanson and Gloria Park by two.
Geddes wasn't the only veteran who enjoyed herself in the first round. Two shots back are LPGA Hall of Famers King and Bradley, who each shot 68 (-3).
And England's Laura Davies and Alison Nicholas are also pacing themsleves for a big finish in the second major of the year. Davies is four shots back from Geddes and Nicholas is a further shot back firing 72 around the Delaware course.
"I always love coming here," said Davies, who also won the McDonald's in 1993 before it gained major status. "I can take my driver quite a few times and there's no internal out of bounds that I loathe so much.
"I played well again today and I'm very happy with 70 for an opening score. It was also nice playing with Ali and the caddies. We all had a good time out there."
Two youngsters crashed the all-veteran leader board with three-under-par rounds of 68: 28-year-oldTracy Hanson and 20-year-old Gloria Park, a rookie. Neither has won yet on the LPGA Tour, compared to the 111 wins of the other players in the top-five.
Canada's A.J. Eathorne, Australia's Wendy Doolan and Wendy Ward are tied with Sheehan at 69 (-2). Karrie Webb, gunning for her third major in a row, recorded a 72 (+1), as did defending champion Juli Inkster.