Former Masters champion Larry Mize shot a three-under-par 69 to take a one-shot lead in the second round of the Atlanta Golf Classic yesterday in Marietta, Ga.

He had a nine-under-par 135 total for his two trips over the hilly, 7,018-yard Atlanta Country Club course. He had shared the lead with Australian Wayne Grady and upstart Steve Lowery after the opening round.

He held a one-shot advantage over Howard Twitty, who shot his second 68 in a quest for his first victory since winning the Greater Hartford Open 10 years ago.

Poor chip shots over the green cost Mize his only bogeys, on the seventh and ninth holes, but he ended with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

"Larry always seems to be the same, very upbeat and positive," said playing partner Curtis Strange, the two-time U.S. Open champion who rallied from Thursday's 73 with a 67 yesterday, leaving him five shots off the pace.

"He's playing good now," Strange said.

South African Nick Price, who tied for second last week in the Colonial, is third with 69 -- 137.

Morris Hatalsky had the best round of the first two days, a 65 that got him into a four-way tie at 138.


In Corning, N.Y., Alice Ritzman, winless in 12 years on the LPGA tour, birdied five holes to take a two-shot lead in the second round of the Corning Classic.

She started the round tied at three-under 68 with six other players. She shot another 68 to finish at 136 after two tours of the 6,006-yard Corning Country Club Course.

"I didn't feel like I putted the ball as well today as yesterday," she said. "But I hit a lot of fairways and greens."

Jane Geddes, Sherri Turner and Trisha Johnson are two shots back at 138.


In Malvern, Pa., Lee Trevino and brothers Mike Hill and Dave Hill shot three-under-par 67s to share the first-round lead in the Bell Atlantic Classic tournament at the Chester Valley Golf Club.

Dave Hill, who won here last year by beating Chi Chi Rodriguez in a playoff, had six birdies but missed a chance to take a commanding lead when he bogeyed the 10th, 11th and 12th holes on the 6,406-yard course.