Don Pooley sank eight birdies en route to a 7-under-par 65 and a one-shot lead yesterday at the midway point of the $650,000 Andy Williams Open golf tournament in La Jolla, Calif.
"It's been an all-round good effort for me over the last two days," Pooley said after he completed one round on each of two courses at 132, 12 shots under par.
Tom Kite and Bob Tway were tied for second at 133 after shooting 65s. Kite birdied four of his last five holes on the North course and Tway birdied six of his first seven at the South.
Tom Watson rolled in a 30-foot putt for eagle-3 on his final hole at the North course and was next at 134.
Also at 10 under were first-round leader Fred Couples, Hal Sutton, Gary Koch, Brad Faxon, John Cook, Willie Wood, Mark Calcavecchia, Phil Blackmar and Steve Pate.
That left 12 players locked within two strokes of the lead going to the final two rounds.
Suncoast Seniors Classic:
In Tampa, Fla., Dale Douglass birdied two of the final three holes in a 67 that gave him a two-shot lead after the opening round of the $300,000 tournament.
A field of 72 competed under sunny skies and tricky winds at the recently opened 6,631-yard Tampa Palms course, where water comes into play on 11 of 18 holes.
Douglass shrugging off a bogey-5 at the seventh hole with six birdies to stand at 5 under par. Don Massengale and Orville Moody were tied at 69 while Arnold Palmer, Bruce Devlin and Gary Player were three strokes behind at 70.