STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT., AUG. 11 -- Amy Benz and Karen Davies each birdied two of the final three holes today and tied for the lead after three rounds of the LPGA Stratton Mountain Classic.
Laura Hurlbut, who started the day with a two-stroke lead, three-putted the 18th and fell one shot behind.
Benz and Davies, a first-year player from Wales, started tied at 3 under and three strokes behind Hurlbut, and each overcame poor starts to shoot 70s for 5-under 211.
Hurlbut was at 6 under after 17, but hit a trap in front of the 18th green, three-putted from 30 feet and shot a 74. She was tied with Cindy Figg-Currier, the first-round leader, and Lynn Connelly.
Figg-Currier also reached 6 under on the back nine, but a bogey on No. 13 and a three-putt on the last hole left her with a 72. Connelly, playing with Benz and Davies, had a 71.
Cathy Gerring (72), Caroline Keggi (70), and Nancy Harvey (67), were locked at 213. Harvey was tied for the first-round lead before bulging to 78 Friday. None of the top eight has won on the LPGA.
Pat Bradley, who barely made the cut, shot a 3-under 69 for a 218. Patty Sheehan, the tour's leading money winner, shot a 74 for a 222.
Davies, 25, an all-American at the University of Florida, has only played in about 10 tour events this year as a conditional player. Her best finish was last week, a tie for 18th, at the Boston Five Classic.
Davies used a 7-iron to get within five feet on 16 for a birdie and hit a 5-wood 190 yards to set up another on 18 to share the lead.