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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 28, 2001


Rosie Jones in lead

AUSTIN, Texas -- Rosie Jones is exactly where she wanted to be after the second round of the Kathy Ireland Championship. That doesn't mean she was completely satisfied.

The 19-year LPGA Tour veteran shot 3-under-par 67 Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Lorie Kane.

Jones could have extended her lead, but closed with a three-putt bogey from 15 feet. The miscue on the elevated, sloping 18th green was just the second bogey in two rounds for Jones, who was at 7-under 133.

"It's like putting on tile," the 41-year-old said, pointing at the floor. "When it got past the hole, it just kept going."

Her first-round co-leaders, Tina Barrett and Sweden's Carin Koch, couldn't keep pace. They dropped five shots off the lead.

Kane started the round in a five-way tie for second and found herself all alone there at the end of the day. Cindy Figg-Currier was three strokes off the lead at 136.

If Jones holds on, she will be the first American winner on tour this season. International players have won 10 straight tournaments.

GREATER GREENSBORO CLASSIC: Mike Sposa, in his third full season, made a 2-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to close out a 6-under-par 66 for a one-shot lead over Scott Simpson after two rounds of the $3.5-million PGA event in North Carolina.

Sposa was at 10-under 134. Simpson, the first-round leader, shot 69.

Five others were another shot back at 136, including Scott Hoch and Jeff Maggert. Hoch had his second straight 68, while Maggert shot 67 during a beautiful sunny day at Forest Oaks Country Club.

BRUNO'S MEMORIAL CLASSIC: Hale Irwin made a 45-foot eagle putt on No. 18 for a share of the first-round lead with Jose Maria Canizares in Hoover, Ala.

Irwin and Canizares, who birdied three of the final four holes, shot 7-under-par 65 on the 6,995-yard course.

Jim Ahern birdied the final two holes for 66, and Tom Kite and Gil Morgan topped a seven-player Senior PGA group at 67. Defending champion John Jacobs opened with 71.

PORTUGUESE OPEN: Padraig Harrington, at 10-under 134, held a two-stroke lead and Colin Montgomerie failed to make the cut halfway through the $900,000 European PGA event in Faro. CALLAWAY HAS A TUMOR: Ely Callaway has a tumor on his pancreas, but doctors say the condition is manageable and the 81-year-old founder of Callaway Golf is expected to return to work in two weeks, the Carlsbad, Calif., company announced. COLEMAN GOLF CLASSIC: Mayumi Nakajima took the first-round lead in Wichita, Kan., with 6-under-par 66. Tampa's Beth Bauer was three strokes back in the SBC Futures event.

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