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AMES AIMS FOR INITIAL VICTORY; LYLE TRIES FOR FIRST IN A WHILE

Stephen Ames is looking for his first PGA Tour victory. Sandy Lyle is trying to win for the first time in 11 years.

Both were in contention to win the Texas Open after Friday's second round at La Cantera Golf Club.

Ames shot a 3-under 69 and maintained his one-stroke lead despite slipups on the back nine and threats from a pack of other players.

Lyle shot a 68, Jeff Brehaut a 67 and Brian Henninger a 66 for two-round totals of 10-under 134, one stroke behind Ames.

Perry Moss, David Edwards and Rich Beem were two strokes back.

"I had a lot of patience," said Ames. "Over the years I've learned how to cope with the bad breaks and the ups and downs of the game.

A native of Trinidad and a resident of Canada, the 35-year-old Ames couldn't start playing PGA Tour events this year until May because of visa problems.

Recently, he's picked up steam with a third-place finish at the Sprint International in August and a tie for fourth last week at the B.C. Open.

Inkster on right course

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Juli Inkster, needing one more victory to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame, shot a 5-under-par 67 to grab a share of the first-round lead in the $800,000 Safeway LPGA Golf Championship.

Inkster, who won the U.S. Open and LPGA Championship and is battling Karrie Webb for Player of the Year honors, had four birdies and five pars over her final nine holes at the 6,307-yard Columbia-Edgewater Country Club course.

"Anything I do for the rest of the year is just a bonus," said Inkster. "I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing, and hopefully I can sneak a win in."

Inkster, starting on the back nine, didn't get her first birdie until her eighth hole, but she made up for that with birdies on Nos. 10, 13, 14 and 15.

Minutes later Inkster finished, Rosie Jones birdied No. 17 to pull into a tie for the lead.

Tina Barrett, looking for her first victory since her rookie year of 1989, bogeyed her final hole and settled for a 68.

Inkster is trying to become the 17th player to qualify for the Hall of Fame.

Powell shares Kroger lead

MASON, Ohio -- Sixty-four-year-old Jimmy Powell eagled the 18th hole at The Golf Center for a 4-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Jim Colbert in the $1.4 million Kroger Senior Classic.

Nobody over 63 ever has won a Senior PGA Tour event, but Powell is the only player to win twice since turning 60. He won the First of America Classic in 1995 when he was 60, and the Brickyard Crossing Championship in 1996 at 61.

Powell used a driver and six wood to reach the 546-yard, par-5 18th, then rolled in a 10-foot putt.

"I have been playing well for two or three months, until my putting left me," Powell said. "But I putted well today."

Gil Morgan, John Bland, Hale Irwin, David Graham and Mike McCullough were one back going into today's second round (4 p.m., ESPN).

Syracuse golfer on top

Tim Roy of Syracuse shot a 5-under-par 67 to take the first round lead by three shots in the New York State Mid-Amateur Championship at the Crag Burn Club in East Aurora.

Tim Hume of Williamsville and the Park Club had a 70 to share second place with James Lacy of Catskill.

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