PINE NEEDLES, N.C. — Becky Iverson spoke for the Wisconsin contingent at the U.S. Senior Women's Open, even the three who found themselves inside the top 10, when she summed up an interesting Thursday this way:

"The greens are extremely difficult and I feel like I survived Day 1," the director of golf at Bridges Golf Course in Madison wrote via text message to Wisconsin.golf after her opening-round 75 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club left her in a tie for eighth place after 18 holes of the second annual event.

Iverson, a former LPGA Tour player, was tied with nine other golfers at 3-over-par, including Appleton's Sue Ginter and Carolyn Barnett-Howe and defending champions Laura Davies. They were just two shots behind first-round leader Danielle Ammaccapane on a day in which 56 of the 120 golfers age 50 and older broke 80, but only 17 of them shot 75 or better.

Ginter, 53, who now lives in Jupiter, Florida, was 2-over after making one birdie and three bogeys over her first 16 holes. But the former LPGA golfer finished bogey-bogey to slip from a tie for second into the group at 4-over. 

"Overall, I felt good about the way I played," Ginter wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.golf. "Of course, it would have been nice to finish strong, but I would rather look at the round as a whole."

Indeed, the greens became firm and fast and putting became an adventure. Ammaccapane told reporters she had "a lot of three-putts" in a round that featured six birdies, five bogeys and one double-bogey. Davies reported she had two four-putts in her round of 75, but took her struggles in stride.

"It's a shame the scoring is not going to be better," Davies said. "If the course speeds up I'm thinking double figures over is going to win it. It could easily be that. It's that hard. You have to remember, you've got a field of 50-plus-year-old ladies and only probably five or six of us play full time still."

It was a bumpy ride for each of the five Wisconsin golfers in the field.

Iverson made four bogeys on the front nine to turn in 39, picked up two birdies at Nos. 11 and 13 and then bogeyed Nos. 14 and 16 coming in. Barnett-Howe, a teaching professional from the Fox Valley, triple-bogeyed the par-5 first hole starting her round and played her next 14 holes in 2-under before going bogey/double/par to finish her round.

"My caddie and I talked about playing conservatively and staying patient," Ginter wrote after starting on the back nine and making eight pars around a bogey at the par-3 13th hole. She birdied No. 10 to get back to even-par, but then bogeyed Nos. 2, 4, 8 and 9.

"Hopefully, I will become more familiar with how the course is playing. (I) just want to stay focused and swing freely."

Former LPGA Tour player Martha Nause of Sheboygan and Cumberland amateur Leigh Klasse both shot 81s.

USGA: Madison's Becky Iverson, Appleton's Sue Ginter, Carolyn Barnett-Howe, Sheboygan's Martha Nause, Cumberland's Leigh Klasse at U.S. Senior Women's Open (Pine Needles GC-Pine Needles, N.C.)

Pos. Player Total Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
Wisconsin leaderboard
T8 Becky Iverson 4 F 4 75 75
T8 Carolyn Barnett-Howe 4 F 4 75 75
T8 Sue Ginter 4 F* 4 75 75
T65 Leigh Klasse (a) 10 F 10 81 81
T65 Martha Nause 10 F 10 81 81
Full leaderboard
1 Danielle Ammaccapane 1 F* 1 72 72
T2 Nanci Bowen 2 F 2 73 73
T2 Liselotte Neumann 2 F* 2 73 73
T2 Barbara Moxness 2 F* 2 73 73
T5 Yuko Saito 3 F 3 74 74
T5 Lisa DePaulo 3 F 3 74 74
T5 Christa Johnson 3 F* 3 74 74
T8 Laura Davies 4 F 4 75 75
T8 Becky Iverson 4 F 4 75 75
T8 Helen Alfredsson 4 F* 4 75 75
T8 Carolyn Barnett-Howe 4 F 4 75 75
T8 Trish Johnson 4 F* 4 75 75
T8 Jackie Gallagher-Smith 4 F 4 75 75
T8 Laura Shanahan Rowe 4 F* 4 75 75
T8 Cheryl Fox 4 F 4 75 75
T8 Sue Ginter 4 F* 4 75 75
T8 Leslie Spalding 4 F 4 75 75
T18 Jenny Lidback 5 F 5 76 76
T18 Hollis Stacy 5 F* 5 76 76
T18 Jane Crafter 5 F 5 76 76
T18 Carolyn Hill 5 F 5 76 76
T18 Lisa McGill (a) 5 F* 5 76 76
T18 Marilyn Lovander 5 F 5 76 76
T18 Audra Burks 5 F* 5 76 76
T18 Marianne Towersey (a) 5 F* 5 76 76
T26 Sally Austin 6 F* 6 77 77
T26 Kimberly Williams 6 F 6 77 77
T26 Jane Geddes 6 F* 6 77 77
T26 Michele Redman 6 F 6 77 77
T26 Sally Krueger (a) 6 F 6 77 77
T26 Cindy Figg-Currier 6 F 6 77 77
T32 Donna Andrews 7 F 7 78 78
T32 Barb Bunkowsky 7 F 7 78 78
T32 Val Skinner 7 F* 7 78 78
T32 Hui Chong Dofflemyer (a) 7 F 7 78 78
T32 Juli Inkster 7 F* 7 78 78
T32 Tammie Green 7 F 7 78 78
T32 Lorie Kane 7 F 7 78 78
T32 Barb Mucha 7 F 7 78 78
T32 Jean Bartholomew 7 F 7 78 78
T32 Laurie Rinker 7 F* 7 78 78
T32 Suzy Green-Roebuck 7 F 7 78 78
T32 Dede Cusimano 7 F* 7 78 78
T32 Pamela Kerrigan-Johnson 7 F* 7 78 78
T32 Kim Eaton (a) 7 F 7 78 78
T32 C.J. Reeves 7 F* 7 78 78
T47 Maggie Will 8 F 8 79 79
T47 Terrill Samuel (a) 8 F* 8 79 79
T47 Laura Baugh 8 F 8 79 79
T47 Amy Ellertson (a) 8 F* 8 79 79
T47 Amy Stubblefield 8 F 8 79 79
T47 Elaine Crosby 8 F* 8 79 79
T47 Lynne Cowan (a) 8 F 8 79 79
T47 Marilyn Hardy (a) 8 F* 8 79 79
T47 Karen Weiss 8 F* 8 79 79
T47 Kathryn Imrie 8 F* 8 79 79
T57 Ellen Port (a) 9 F* 9 80 80
T57 Susan West (a) 9 F 9 80 80
T57 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 9 F 9 80 80
T57 Judith Kyrinis (a) 9 F 9 80 80
T57 Jamie Fischer 9 F* 9 80 80
T57 Laurel Kean 9 F 9 80 80
T57 Yumi Kubota 9 F 9 80 80
T57 Missie McGeorge 9 F* 9 80 80
T65 Jan Stephenson 10 F 10 81 81
T65 Wendy Doolan 10 F* 10 81 81
T65 Leigh Klasse (a) 10 F 10 81 81
T65 Nancy Scranton 10 F 10 81 81
T65 Kay Cockerill 10 F* 10 81 81
T65 Brenda Pictor (a) 10 F* 10 81 81
T65 Martha Nause 10 F 10 81 81
T65 Lisa Grimes 10 F 10 81 81
T65 Susan Cohn (a) 10 F 10 81 81
T65 Jennifer Cully 10 F* 10 81 81
T65 Susan Bond-Philo 10 F 10 81 81
T76 Kris Tschetter 11 F* 11 82 82
T76 Marlene Davis 11 F* 11 82 82
T76 JoAnne Carner 11 F 11 82 82
T76 Kim Briele (a) 11 F 11 82 82
T76 Anne Marie Palli 11 F* 11 82 82
T76 Laura Coble (a) 11 F* 11 82 82
T76 Sue Wooster (a) 11 F 11 82 82
T76 Kim Keyer-Scott (a) 11 F* 11 82 82
T76 Kristine Franklin (a) 11 F* 11 82 82
T76 Sherry Andonian 11 F 11 82 82
T76 Mary Ann Hayward (a) 11 F 11 82 82
T76 Leslie Folsom (a) 11 F* 11 82 82
T88 Akemi Nakata Khaiat (a) 12 F 12 83 83
T88 Nodjya Cook 12 F 12 83 83
T88 Julie Piers 12 F* 12 83 83
T88 Susie Redman 12 F 12 83 83
T88 Alicia Dibos 12 F 12 83 83
T88 Ronda Henderson (a) 12 F* 12 83 83
T88 Kaori Shimura 12 F* 12 83 83
T95 Lara Tennant (a) 13 F 13 84 84
T95 Dina Ammaccapane 13 F 13 84 84
T95 Kelley Brooke 13 F* 13 84 84
T98 Martha Leach (a) 14 F* 14 85 85
T98 Kathy Kurata (a) 14 F* 14 85 85
T98 Sue Billek Nyhus 14 F* 14 85 85
T98 Joy Bonhurst 14 F 14 85 85
T102 Tina Barker (a) 15 F* 15 86 86
T102 Amy Alcott 15 F* 15 86 86
T102 Amy Fruhwirth 15 F* 15 86 86
T102 Marjorie Jones 15 F* 15 86 86
T102 Tama Caldabaugh (a) 15 F* 15 86 86
T102 Pat Shriver 15 F* 15 86 86
T108 Betsy Aldrich (a) 16 F* 16 87 87
T108 Dana Bates 16 F 16 87 87
T110 Joanne Foreman 17 F* 17 88 88
T110 Pam Elders 17 F* 17 88 88
T110 Christine Reuss 17 F* 17 88 88
T110 Julie Harrison (a) 17 F* 17 88 88
T110 Nancy Harvey 17 F 17 88 88
115 Kelley Nittoli (a) 21 F 21 92 92
T116 Alice Miller 23 F* 23 94 94
T116 Linda Bowman Segre (a) 23 F 23 94 94
T118 Marie-Therese Torti (a) 24 F 24 95 95
T118 Lorie Wilkes 24 F* 24 95 95
120 Kammy Maxfeldt 28 F 28 99 99