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AMY ALCOTT LEADS AT ROCHESTER TWO BIRDIES HELP TO HOLD OFF A CHARGING SHEEHAN

Amy Alcott birdied the last two holes Friday for a bogey-free round of 65 and a two-stroke lead over fast-closing defending champion Patty Sheehan and Kathy Postlewait after two rounds of the LPGA Rochester International.

Alcott completed 36 holes at 134, setting a course record by standing 10 under par after two tours of the 6,162-yard Locust Hill Country Club course. Sheehan, who could only match par on Thursday and started the second round four shots out of the lead, rode an eagle and six birdies to a 64 that tied the course record.

Postlewait, who shared the 18-hole lead with Nancy Lopez, shot a second 68 to join Sheehan at 136. Lopez shot 70 on Friday.

The 36-hole course record of 9-under 135 was set by Joanne Carner in 1982.

Alcott, who with 28 career victories needs but two more to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame, has a best finish this season of ninth in the Hawaiian Open in February.

Postlewait was within a stroke of the lead heading to the 18th hole, buy a bogey dropped her back into a tie with Sheehan two shots off the lead.

Although a late-afternoon storm caused a weather delay, the leaders were already finished after playing in perfect conditions for record-setting golf.

Joining Alcott and Sheehan in the tournament record book was Nicky Leroux, who came back smartly from a 7-over 79 on Thursday. She completed Friday's back nine in 8-under 29, lowest nine-hole score on the LPGA Tour this season and a course record. The fast finish gave Leroux a round of 65 that left her at even par for the tournament.

Patty Jordan of Eden was at 146 -- matching the cutoff score -- with her second straight 73.

Alcott, who started on the back nine, made short birdie putts on the 12th and 13th, then sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th that, she said, "hung on the lip forever."

Blaine McCallister leads Irwin

HARRISON -- Blaine McCallister took the lead at the Buick Classic, but could not shake persistent U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin.

"This was kind of a hurdle day for me, in getting by what could have been a bad day," Irwin said after a hard-earned round of 69 left him two strokes behind McCallister after two rounds.

McCallister, returning from an illness that sidelined him much of the season, overcame a poor start to shoot a 67 that put him at 133, nine under.

Jay Haas completed a 67 with birdies on the last four holes and moved into second alone at 134.

Irwin was tied for third with David Peoples, who had a 67.

Australian Ian Baker-Finch, Mark Brooks and Bill Britton were another stroke back at 136.

Brooks had nine "3s" on his scorecard in a round of 66 on the Westchester Country Club course. Baker-Finch shot 67 and Britton had a 70.

Ben Crenshaw produced the best round of the tournament in an 8-under-par 63 and moved among the tournament leaders at 138.

Rodriguez leads in Seniors

CONCORD, Mass. -- Chi Chi Rodriguez fired an 8-under-par 64 to take a two-shot lead over Harold Henning after one round of the $350,000 Digital Seniors Classic.

Rodriguez, an honorary member of the Nashawtuc Country Club, holds a three-stroke lead over Lee Trevino, George Archer, Dick Hendrickson, Terry Dill and Mike Hill.

His 64 equaled the tournament record set by Bruce Crampton in 1986 and Dale Douglass last year. It also puts Rodriguez at 56-under-par for his last 13 tournament rounds at Nashawtuc.

In all, 44 players in the 78-man field broke par, 30 were at 70 or better.

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