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Jim Smith of Orchard Park shot a 68 on Saturday to grab the lead in the New York State men's Mid-Amateur Championship, which is being held on Smith's home course at Crag Burn in East Aurora.

Smith had four straight birdies to start the back nine and has a two-round total of 141.

Jim Roy is close behind at 142 after a 75 on Saturday. Bill Moore and Alan Foster are tied for third at 146.

Thirty-two players will play in the tournament's final round today.

Ames poised for first win

SAN ANTONIO -- Golf became Stephen Ames' passion growing up in Trinidad.

And the 35-year-old who now lives in Canada needs to hold on to the lead of the Texas Open for one more round for his first win on the PGA Tour.

Ames shot a 5-under 67 Saturday and his 16-under total kept him in the lead for the third straight day, although 12 players were within five strokes.

"I'm quite looking forward to tomorrow," Ames said.

With a seemingly laid-back smile, he offered a preview of his final round strategy: "Try to beat everybody."

Duffy Waldorf shot a 65 and Ted Tryba had a 66 as they shared second place, two strokes behind Ames, heading into today's final round (5 p.m., ESPN 2).

Rich Beem was at 13 under, while Brent Geiberger, David Edwards and Brian Henninger were another stroke back. Mike Reid and Jeff Brehaut were lurking at 11 under.

Ames has won tournaments in Europe but is looking for his first PGA Tour victory.

Inkster closes in on Hall

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Juli Inkster moved within one round of entering the LPGA Hall of Fame after shooting a 2-under 70 to take a three-stroke lead in the Safeway LPGA Championship.

Inkster, who needs one more tour victory to secure her place in the Hall, was one of 15 players to break par on the Columbia Edgewater Country Club course.

Michele Redman had a second straight 70 and was second at 4-under 140.

Inkster was tied with Rosie Jones for the lead at 5-under entering the second round and four others were one stroke back. But Jones and the other pursuers all lost ground.

Dougherty moves ahead

MASON, Ohio -- Ed Dougherty shot a 5-under 65 and held a one-stroke lead over three players with six others another stroke back after two rounds of the $1.4 million Kroger Senior Classic.

Dana Quigley, Jimmy Powell and former champion Jim Dent were at 6-under 134 heading into today's final round (1 p.m., ESPN).

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