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MATTHEW, KANE SHARE TOP SPOT

With a lot of rain in the forecast, Catriona Matthew and Lorie Kane made a bee line to where they wanted to be -- in the lead at the LPGA Corning Classic.

Matthew shot an 8-under 64 on Friday, one shot better than Kane, and both finished the second round at 12-under 132, one stroke ahead of Meg Mallon, who had a 66.

Helen Alfredsson, Juli Inkster and Karen Stupples were tied for fourth at 10-under, while Hall of Famer Beth Daniel was at 135.

Two-time Corning champion Rosie Jones, who began the day two shots off the lead, led a group of six at 136 that included Wendy Ward, who shot a tournament-record 7-under 29 on the front nine before faltering with bogeys on her last two holes.

Defending champion Laura Diaz had a 70 and was at 142, one stroke better than the cut.

Kane tied for second in the season-opening Welch's-Fry's Championship in Arizona, but it's been downhill since as she's battled a sore hip and back.

Two weeks ago, she finished in a tie for 38th at the Asahi Ryokuken International.

"It's been since Tucson that I've put myself in any type of situation to contend for a tournament," said Kane, who rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to tie Matthew.

"It just was one of those rounds. I'm happy that I'm being quite patient with myself on the golf course and just letting things happen. There's still two days left, but I'm having a lot of fun."

Dougherty, Wadkins tied

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Ed Dougherty and Bobby Wadkins had 5-under 65s and shared the first-round lead in the inaugural Columbus Southern Open.

Dougherty birdied his final hole about an hour after Wadkins closed with a three-putt bogey.

They were one shot ahead of Des Smyth, Tom Kite, Walter Hall, Dana Quigley and Morris Hatalsky in The Champions Tour event at Green Island Country Club going into today's second round (6 p.m., CNBC).

Wadkins is one of the many the golfers who played here more than a decade ago in the PGA Tour's defunct Southern Open.

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