Sheehan, Gerring, Richard share lead GOLF STRATTON MOUNTAIN, Vt.


STRATTON MOUNTAIN, Vt. -- Patty Sheehan and defending champion Cathy Gerring joined Deb Richard in another three-way tie after yesterday's soggy second round of the LPGA Stratton Mountain Classic.

Sheehan and Gerring shot 5-under-par 67s. Richard, seeking her second straight victory, had a 70 to match them at 6-under 138 through 36 holes.

Rosie Jones and Laura Baugh, who shared the first-round lead with Richard, didn't fare as well. Jones fell two shots back with a 72. Baugh soared to a 76 and fell six strokes behind.

Pat Bradley, the tour's leading money-winner, shot a 72 for 141 and was tied with Melissa McNamara and Sue Thomas, who shot Sheehan, a native of nearby Middlebury, Vt., playing before about 30 relatives, overcame the rain with a hot putter. During one four-hole stretch when the rain was heaviest, she made two birdies.

After making only one birdie on the front nine, she made birdie putts of 15, 15, 18 and 12 feet. She also saved par out of two bunkers with good putts to finish the back nine in 4-under 32.

But Sheehan still was not ready to claim that she was back to the early-season form that helped her pile up most of the $286,000 she's earned this season. She injured her hand seven weeks ago, sat out three weeks and finished no better than a tie for 15th in three tournaments since returning.

"I don't have great expectations about winning the tournament at this point," she said.

Gerring, who played in the morning before most of the rain, had her best round since March. After winning $487,000 and three tournaments last year, she incurred an ear problem in February that required surgery.

US West Showdown Seniors

Former Masters champion Charles Coody solved the hilly and windy Jeremy Ranch course with a 7-under-par 65 and took the first-round lead.

Coody had an eagle, six birdies and one bogey on the par-72, 7,103-yard layout. That gave him a one-shot lead over Bob Wynn and former champion Bobby Nichols.

Lloyd Moody, older brother of tour regular Orville Moody, and Bob Betley were two strokes off the pace after 67s, and five others, including former NFL quarterback John Brodie and Larry Laoretti, were at 69.

U.S. Women's Amateur


Amy Fruhwirth, who captured medalist honors earlier this week, advanced to the final round at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

Fruhwirth, of Phoenix, defeated Carri Wood of South Dennis, Mass., 2 and 1, in the fourth round, then beat Martha Leach of Austin, Texas, 7 and 6, in the semifinals.

Her opponent in today's 36-hole match-play final will be Heidi Voorhees of Valley Village, Calif., a student at the University of Southern California.

Voorhees beat Anne Marie Tobin of Lynnfield, Mass., 7 and 6, in the fourth round, then defeated Martha Lang of Geneva, Ill., 3 and 2, to reach the final.

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