Redman and a pair of rookies lead CVS

Michele Redman holed out for eagle from the

18th fairway Saturday en route to a four-under 68 and a share

of the third-

round lead at the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.


Tour rookies Ilhee Lee (68) and

second-round co-leader Beatriz Recari

(70) joined Redman in first at 12-under 204. The trio is one

stroke ahead at

Blackhawk Country Club.

Gwladys Nocera, Friday’s other second-round leader, managed only

a one-under

71 on Saturday, but she is tied for fourth place with Wendy

Ward, who carded a

three-under 69. The pair finished at minus-11.

Karine Icher’s six-under 66 in round three vaulted her to sixth

at 10-under


World No. 2 Cristie Kerr also had a 66 on Saturday and that

moved her into a

tie for seventh with Katherine Hull, who overtook Kerr last

week to win the

Navistar LPGA Classic. The duo is knotted at nine-under


They are all chasing the veteran and the rookies, but it was the

veteran who

got into the clubhouse first.

Redman was cruising along with a fine round of four birdies and

no bogeys. She

was tied for the lead at 12-under par, but a double-bogey at

the 16th derailed

her round and dropped her from first.

That was until the 18th.

Redman holed her approach for eagle and got right back into a

tie for first at

12-under par.

“I just kind of knew I hit a pretty good shot,” acknowledged

Redman. “It was

exactly what I visualized and what I felt, and I mean,

fortunately, it went in

the cup.”

Redman is the only LPGA Tour winner among the leaders, but her

last victory

came in 2000. She’s in contention again, but the 45-year-old

admitted that her

time on tour is coming to an end.

“It just took me a couple months to kind of get back on track to

see where I

wanted to go and how much I wanted to play out here, and I

think once I

figured that out, I think that really helped me,” said

Redman, who admitted

she applied for the coaching job at the University of

Minnesota, but didn’t

get the job. “I knew I still wanted to compete. I don’t want

to play 20 to 25

weeks a year. I know that.”

Lee made the turn with three birdies and a bogey, but she got

into the lead

thanks to a downhill eagle putt at the par-five 11th. She

birdied the next par

five, the 15th, to get sole possession of first at 13-under


Lee couldn’t hold on to the lead on her own. She bogeyed the

17th to fall into

the tie atop the leaderboard.

It’s been a rough rookie campaign for Lee. She made the cut in

her first event

back in March, but didn’t make another until the end of

August. In fact, Lee

didn’t break 70 all year until the first round on


“I started to wonder, can I really make it out here, can I

really survive on

this tour,” Lee said through an interpreter. “I challenged

myself three

tournaments ago, let’s give it all I got and see what I can

do and let’s

change my mind set and see what I can do.”

Recari seemed to be done in by a double-bogey at the fourth

hole, but she

mixed four birdies and a bogey over the remainder of her

round. Her birdies at

14 and 16, holes she’s birdied each round this week, got her

a share of first.

Libby Smith (66) and first-round leader Brittany Lincicome (71)

share ninth at


NOTES: Redman’s other victory besides the 2000 Betsy King

Classic was the 1997

Big Apple Classic…It’s expected that if Kerr can come from

behind and win,

she’ll be the No. 1 player in the world on Monday.