Thai twins troubled by nerves on LPGA debuts

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The identical twins Aree and Naree Wongluekiet of Thailand, showed nervousness in their first rounds of the Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club on Thursday.

The 13-year-olds were playing in their first LPGA tournament having received a sponsor's exemption, a controversial decision on account of their ages. Naree, who is nine minutes older than Aree, had the better round, shooting a level-par 72. Aree, who was playing in the group behind her sister, returned 75.

The two made bogeys on the first hole and struggled for most of the day. Naree provided the shot of the round, however, when she chipped in for par on the second hole.

Karrie Webb set the pace on the leaderboard. The world No 1 scored a five-under 67 to lead by a stroke from Dottie Pepper. Laura Davies and Alison Nicholas kept in touch on 71, while the Scot Catriona Matthew and England's Trish Johnson matched par.

In the Sunningdale Foursomes, another pair of twins, Samantha and Johanna Head, won their semi-final against the young professionals Neil Hansen and Darren Parris by 4 and 2, but lost 2 and 1 in the final to the mother-and-son pair, Carole and Richard Caldwell.