Scrambling to a par 72 overcoming some admittedly poor putting, Debbie Austin held a two-stroke lead over Laura Baugh following today's second round of the $50,000 Wheeling LPGA Classic.
Baugh, perhaps the best-known player on the ladies' circuit, fired a two-under par 70 for a two-day total of 141.
A shot back of Baugh at 142 is another tour non-winner, Kathy Farrer, one of two golfers to shoot three under-par 69s over Oglebay Park's rugged Speidel Course.
Jan Stephenson also fired a 69 to deadlock U.S.. Women's Open champion Hollis Stacy and Joyce Kazmierski at one-under-par 143. Stacy, had an up-and-down round that included five birdies and five bogies while Kazmierski salvaged an eagle three on th e par-five, 450-yard 18th hole for a one-over 73.
Austin, seeking her fifth tour victory of the year and third in the last four weeks, said her play from tee to green today was almost as good as Friday's, when she shot a 67, the third lowest round in the four-year history of the Wheeling tournament.But she she said difficulties with her putting almost ruined her round.