Anschutz, Mucha lead Lady Keystone


HERSHEY, Pa. -- Jody Anschutz and Barb Mucha, paired together in the second round of the 17th annual Lady Keystone Open, finished that way, as each shot a 3-under-par 69 for 36-hole totals of 137.

There was a shuffling of the leaderboard in the final hour afte Mitzi Edge nearly blew the field apart with seven straight birdies, finishing with a 65 and a two-round total of 138.

As it unfolded, Anschutz, a six-year tour member, and Mucha out five years, each birdied the 451-yard par-5 16th to climb past Edge and Juli Inkster into the lead.

At the finish, the co-leaders were followed by Edge and Inkster There was a four-way knot at 139 among Barb Bunkowsky (birdied 18), Michelle Estill and first-round co-leader Sandra Palmer (pars at 18) and Beth Daniel (bogey 18).

Anschutz, without a round in the 60s since the openin tournament, has produced two in a row. The former Jody Rosenthal, one-time British Amateur champion and winner of one tour event, pointed to a return to her old clubs (Pings) after switching a couple of years ago, as one of the keys to an improved season.

"I don't know about physically, but mentally, I knew I had playe well with them before. Now, I'm hitting a lot of greens, and my last seven rounds have been under par."

Her round included five birdies and two bogeys. Mucha had fou birdies and one bogey in her tour.

As had been the case with Anschutz, 28, Mucha, 29, said sh had not been playing well earlier in the year. She started bogey-bogey Friday, but turned the round around with six birdies.

"My putting has started coming around," Mucha said. "When yo feel like you can make a lot of putts, it takes off some of the pressure."

She also has one tour win, at Boston last year a month after tyin for fourth here. "It helps coming back to a place you have played well . . . lots of positive thoughts," she said.

Although the co-leaders jumped ahead of the pack in the closin holes, the day really belonged to Edge.

A former University of Georgia teammate of Baltimorean Bean Kelly, the current Georgia women's golf coach, Edge, starting at No. 10, went par-birdie-par, then reeled off six birds to turn in a tournament record-equaling 29.

She extended the streak to seven at No. 1, before two-putting fo par from 12 feet at No. 2. "I misread it," she said.

There was another birdie at the third to go 8 under, before sh bogeyed the fourth from a bunker and the ninth with three putts.

Even with the finish, where she hit to the wrong side of th green, Edge said: "I just wanted to hit the greens to give myself a chance [at birdies]. I couldn't wait to get the putter in my hands."

The 7-under 65 by Edge, who turns 31 tomorrow, was a career round by two shots, and the most birdies she had had in a row before was four. "Last weekend [Atlantic City], I started rolling the ball well. I had a clue things might be turning around. I felt comfortable out there."

She also felt more comfortable after getting past No. 3. Friday she had a triple-bogey 7 at the first hole and a double-bogey 6 at the third. Yesterday she played them 3-3.

"I heard someone mention the seven in a row at the turn, and had to work hard on myself to keep my mind on what I was : doing," she said.

After her 65, the next best number was 68, and 30 player finished with sub-par rounds. It took 148 to make the cut, and 73 players will continue today. Hall of Fame veteran Kathy Whitworth missed by a stroke, as did Missie Berteotti, who jumped from 69 to 80.

The other first round co-leader, Janet Anderson, shot 73 for 140.

NOTES: The seven birdies in a row by Edge equaled thsecond-best streak in LPGA history. Mary Beth Zimmerman holds the record with eight at the 1984 Rail Classic, and Hall of Fame member and former Baltimore resident Carol Mann made seven in a row in winning at Columbus, Ohio, in 1965. The previous 1991 best was six in a row by Kris Yschetter at Tucson, Ariz. . . . Nancy Lopez, 34, backed by the day's largest gallery, shot 68 for 143. The 1979 LKO champion, four months pregnant with her third child, had four birdies, no bogeys and said she hits it farther when she is pregnant. . . . Baltimore's Tina Barrett, playing with Lopez, was in position to be around par when she included two unplayables in a 10 at No. 15. It deflated anything she might have had going, and she finished with a 79 and a 36-hole total of 154.

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