Love gets rare double eagle, but Brooks...

AKRON, OHIO — Love gets rare double eagle, but Brooks takes lead at NEC

Mark Brooks opened the second round of the NEC World Series of Golf by going birdie-eagle -- 3-3.


That meant he only lost one shot to Davis Love III.

Love birdied the first hole at Firestone yesterday, then ripped a 6-iron shot 180 yards and into the cup for a rare double eagle -- only the fifth on the PGA Tour this season, the first in the history of this tournament and the first of Love's six-year pro career.


"You have to get lucky to have a shot from 180 yards out fly in the hole," Love said.

He went on to a 66, but that wasn't enough to keep pace with Brooks' faster finish -- a late string of four consecutive birdies that gave him the lead at the tournament's halfway point.

"I took advantage of most of the opportunities I had, but two stupid mistakes makes it not a real great round," Brooks said after a 6-under-par 64 brought him from six shots back into a one-stroke lead at 136.

Dillard Pruitt, one of 19 players making their first appearances in this winners-only event, birdied three of his last four holes for a 66 and was alone in second at 137 after 36 holes.

LPGA Chicago Shootout


Nancy Scranton matched the one-day-old Oak Park Golf Club course record with a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 to take the second-round lead in the inaugural tournament.

Scranton's round tied the course record set Thursday by first-round leader Laurel Kean and put her at 7-under 137, one shot ahead of Liselotte Neumann, who also matched the record with a 66 for 138. Four players were two shots back at 139.


Tina Barrett of Baltimore, who began yesterday's round six strokes off the lead, made five birdies for a 67 and was at 139.

Sunwest/Charley Pride Seniors


Babe Hiskey and Don Bies shot 8-under-par 64s to lead a sub-par assault on an obliging Four Hills Country Club course in the opening round.

U.S. Amateur Championships



Rick Southwick rallied for a 1-up victory over Phil Mickelson, ending the defending champion's hopes of becoming the ninth player to win consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships.

State Father-Son


Defending champions Richard-Justin Klein of Hunt Valley Golf Club, posted a 1-under-par 34-3771 at Woodmont Country Club, and won their second title in the 53rd Father-Son championship of the Maryland State Golf Association.

Past champions Ralph-Bruce Bogart of the Chevy Chase Club finished 38-3472, and they were the only ones in a 100-team field to break 75 over the 6,400-yard, par-72 North Course.

PGA Juniors



James Duke of Potomac added a closing 74 to go with 80-78-72 for a 72-hole total of 304, and finished fifth in the Boys division of the championship at PGA National. Jenny Chuasiriporn, the Girls representative from the Middle Atlantic PGA Section, posted 81-82-83-81327, and finished 20th.