October 4, 1997 in Sports

Eggeling Leads King Classic

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Dale Eggeling fired a 7-under par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Betsy King Classic in Kutztown, Pa.

Eggeling had seven birdies during a bogey-free round over the 6,075 yard, par-72 Berkleigh Country Club course to go 9-under for the tournament with a two-day total of 135.

Jackie Gallagher-Smith, who has never finished higher than ninth on the tour, was at 8-under 136 after shooting a 66.

Defending champion Annika Sorenstam, who shot a 67, stood at 7-under 137 along with Maggie Will-Halpin (67) and first-round co-leaders Catriona Matthew and Stefania Croce, who both had 70s after firing opening-round 67s.

Tournament host Betsy King, who had a 68, was three back at 138, followed by Dottie Pepper (68), Trish Johnson (70), and Tina Barrett (71).

Tracy Hanson, of Rathdrum, Idaho, followed her opening-round 68 with a 78 and missed the cut. Clarkston’s Robin Walton also missed the cut.

Hal Sutton and Davis Love III shot 7-under 65s to share the lead halfway through the $1.2 million Buick Challenge in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Steve Pate shot a 65 to move to 11-under par, one stroke behind Love and Sutton, while Stewart Cink had the low round for the day at 64 - putting him at 10-under for the tournament.

Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett shot a 73 and missed the cut.

Hale Irwin, playing with a sore right shoulder, birdied the first three holes on the back nine in the Vantage Championship in Clemmons, N.C., and then finished strongly for an opening-round 7-under-par 64 and a one-shot lead over Senior PGA Tour rookie Jose Maria Canizares, a fourtime European Ryder Cup member.

Dave Eichelberger and rookie Larry Nelson were two shots back of Irwin after carding 66s.

At Port Ludlow, Wash., Bill Gundersen of Kent won the rain-shortened Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur golf championship for the third time in five years despite a closing 7-over-par 79.

Gundersen totaled 8-over-par 152, for 36 holes, winning by a stroke over John Harbottle of Tacoma and Jack Lamey of Seattle. Jim O’Rourke of Spokane shot an 80 to finish at 155.

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