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A HEALTHY PATTY JORDAN IS UPBEAT ABOUT HER GAME

Patty Jordan has kept herself on somewhat of a roll this week at the LPGA Rochester International.

The Eden native made the cut for the fifth straight week.

Jordan had her best finish in two years at last week's Atlantic City tournament when she placed tied for 16th and earned $3,755.

After back-to-back 73s, Jordan shot 75 Saturday, well off the pace at 5-over par for the tournament.

"I'm starting to play a lot better," the 30-year-old Jordan said.

"Today was a rough day. I never felt comfortable over the ball, but last week was the best I've played since I won," she said, referring to her 1988 triumph at the Ocean State Open. "Last week I hit 16 greens in the final round and the two I missed I was on the fringe."

A big reason Jordan is upbeat is she is finally healthy. She underwent surgery on bunions on her feet in October 1988 and spent all last season recovering. She played in 21 events and earned just $12,901.

"My feet are great. At the end of the round, they get a little stiff, but it hasn't bothered me," said Jordan, who was forced to play in sneakers at times last year because of swelling in her feet.

"Two weeks before the first tournament this year I was walking on a green and actually was able to feel the undulation on the green. You don't realize how much you use that in reading greens."

Just when she thought her health problems were over, she had a bout with pleurisy early this season and missed five of her first six cuts.

She credits part of her recent improvement to a new putter custom-made for her by Jack Tindale, head pro at Rochester's Genesee Valley Golf Course. She also is looking forward to being joined on tour by her brother, Paul, 28. He will serve as her caddie the rest of the year.

Jordan stands 118th on the money list with $9,088 in earnings.
With tournament leader Amy Alcott at 14-under par, the Rochester International record of 12-under is in jeopardy.

It was set in 1982 by Sandra Haynie.

The winner gets $60,000 out of a purse of $400,000.

Twenty-one of the 75 players remaining in the field broke par Saturday.

There are 51 players at par or better, more than usual due to good scoring conditions the first two days.

On Friday's second round, 50 of the 144 players broke par and 19 shot in the 60s.
Lisa Brandetsas, a 19-year-old from Perry who plays at Duke University, didn't make the cut but equaled the best finish ever by an amateur, shooting 76-74-150.

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