COAL VALLEY, ILL., JULY 17 -- Brad Fabel shot 5-under-par 65 today to equal the tournament midpoint record of 11-under 129 and gain a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the $500,000 Hardee's Golf Classic.

Mike Smith had a tournament-record 61 to move within three strokes of the lead.

Fabel, 31, of Madisonville, Ky., had an eagle on the par-5 No. 16 and four birdies. He missed a three-foot putt on No. 18 to end his round with his first bogey of the tournament.

But he tied the 36-hole record set by Scott Hoch in 1980. His 36-hole score is the lowest this year on the Tour. Mark McCumber, Tom Purtzer and Ray Barr Jr. were tied for second place.

"You might say that I find this course to my liking," said Fabel, who left golf for four years to work in the coal-mining industry and whose best Tour finish was a third-place tie here in 1985. "I just see the putts better on this course. I played good all day, but it leaves a bad taste in your mouth to bogey the last hole."

Kenny Perry aced the par-3, 190-yard 17th hole but didn't make the cut. Crampton Leads by 1

United Press International

JAMESVILLE, N.Y., July 17 -- Defending champion Bruce Crampton shot a 7-under-par 65 today to take a one-shot lead over Orville Moody after one round of the $250,000 Syracuse Seniors Pro Golf Classic.

Crampton had a 31 on the front nine of the 6,350-yard Lafayette Country Club in Jamesville, a Syracuse suburb. He finished with a back-nine 34.

"Nice start, better than last year's start," said Crampton, 52. "Scores will be better because of the weather." Rosenthal 6 Under

United Press International

DANVERS, Mass., July 17 -- Jody Rosenthal, seeking back-to-back victories, shot a 6-under-par 66 today to take a two-shot lead after two rounds of the $300,000 Boston Five Classic.

Rosanthal, winner of last week's du Maurier Classic, missed only one green. White, Poland Tie

Associated Press

RICHMOND, July 17 -- Tim White of Richmond and Tim Poland of Williamsburg, two assistant pros, tied for the lead today at the halfway mark of the $50,000 Signet State Open golf tournament.