At 12-under, Henke leads Hallet by 2 in B.C. Open


ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Nolan Henke matched the PGA's best 36-hole score of the season with a 12-under-par 130, making five consecutive birdies yesterday on the way to a 64 and a two-stroke lead in the B.C. Open.

Henke's precision putting allowed him to overtake Jim Hallet, who shot his second straight 66 for a two-day total of 10-under-par 132.

"I wasn't hitting too bad in the beginning, but I was missing the putts left or right. I got a little stretch where they all dropped," Henke said after pulling away from a first-round tie with Hallet at the En-Joie Golf Course.

Henke matched the mark turned in during the World Series of Golf by Jose-Maria Olazabal and repeated a week later at Chattanooga by Peter Persons.

"I was trying to add them up and figured I was 6-under. I saw the scoreboard had me at 7-under. I thought they had miscounted," said Henke, a second-year pro from Fort Myers, Fla., who has missed the cut in five of his past eight tournaments.

Henke, who started on the back nine, shaved two strokes off the lead with medium-range birdies on Nos. 12 and 13. He shot par for the rest of the nine, then began his birdie binge with a 12-footer on No. 1.

He made an eight-footer on No. 2 and tied Hallet for the lead with a tap-in on the par-5 third hole after missing an eagle chip by inches. He extended the streak with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5.

LPGA MBS Classic

BUENA PARK, Calif. -- Jill Briles shot the best round of her five pro seasons, a 6-under-par 66, to tie defending champion Nancy Lopez and Caroline Keggi after the second round at Los Coyotes Country Club. Briles, Lopez and Keggi were at 5-under 139 after 36 holes.

Briles started the round at 1-over but birdied four consecutive holes, starting with the ninth. She had seven birdies and one bogey.

Crestar Senior Classic

RICHMOND, Va. -- Rives McBee, a two-time winner this year, shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-shot lead after the opening round. He had six birdies in a bogey-free round over the 6,644-yard Hermitage Country Club course.

South African Gary Player shot a 67 with six birdies and one bogey to earn the No. 2 spot.

"To score well, you've got to start fast," said McBee, who birdied the second, third, fifth and sixth holes to go 4-under. His birdies ranged from three to 20 feet.

USGA Senior Women

MODESTO, Calif. -- Marlene Streit, the 1985 champion from Ontario, shot 77 for a 36-hole total of 149, and a three-shot lead on Betty Probosco, Lookout Mountain, Tenn., 75-77152, and Mildred Stanley, Escondido, Calif., 77-75152, in the 29th annual championship at Del Rio Country Club. Also in the field are Ann Bailey of Brandywine, Md., 83-91174, and Glena Wirtanen of Phoenix, Md., 88-94182. The tournament will end today.

MAPGA Pro-President

FAIRFAX, Va. -- It took a match of cards, but the Greystone pairing of John Haines-Don Airey won the 32nd annual Pro-President championship of the Middle Atlantic Professional Golfers' Association at International Town & CC, shooting 65. Also at 65 was the Prince George CC team of Frank Hedderich-Clyde Meek, from Richmond, Va.

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