Laura Hurlbut took a two-stroke lead with a 68 yesterday at the rainy LPGA Stratton Mountain (Vt.) Classic.

"This year has been frustrating because I've made a lot of cuts, but I've had trouble on the weekends," she said after a 10-foot eagle putt on the last hole for a 138.

Her closest challenger is Cindy Figg-Currier, whose 68 shared the first-round lead with Nancy Harvey.

Figg-Currier, who was 8 under after 12 holes, bogeyed four of the last six to drop to 72, two strokes behind at 140.

Seniors: With Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus at the PGA Championship in Birmingham, this week, Chi Chi Rodriguez wasted little time in seizing the first round lead of the Sunwest Bank Classic with a 6-under 66 over the 6,722-yard Four Hills Country Club course in Albuquerque.

"It just shows that when the big cats are out of town, the little mouse from Puerto Rico can play around," he said after his round that included five birdies and an eagle.

Rodriguez, whose only bogey came at the par-5 11th, where he double-hit a pitch shot from behind the green, leads Jim Dent by a stroke entering today's second round of the 54-hole tournament.