Jean Bartholomew's caddie gave her an alarm clock as a birthday present before the Corning Classic in Corning, N.Y. Great gift idea.

Bartholomew hit the back nine at 8:40 a.m. yesterday, six strokes behind the leaders. By noon she had the lead, thanks to a 64 that left her at 7-under 137 for two rounds, and nobody caught her.

"Oversleeping is something you do only once in your career," said Bartholomew, whose caddie, Jeff de Coen, got the message across.

Bartholomew had overslept and missed her flight to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the start of the Titleholders Championship on May 6-9.

She wanted to throw the clock out the window when it went off yesterday, but it got her to the tee on time for the second round of the wide-open Corning.

Kelli Kuehne birdied the 18th hole for a 69 and was tied for second at 6 under with Jamie Hullett, who shot a 66.

First-round leaders Kathryn Marshall, Sherri Turner and Denise Killeen were two strokes off the lead, along with Rosie Jones and Cathy Johnston-Forbes.

Bartholomew climbed on to the leader board quickly with four straight birdies on the short and narrow 6,062-yard Corning Country Club course. She tied the tournament record of 31 for the back nine, set by Patty Sheehan in 1993.

An eagle on No. 6 and a bogey on 8 left her just one stroke off the tournament-best round of 63 shared by Turner and Sheehan.

SENIOR PGA: Brian Barnes shot a 7-under-par 65 and held a one-stroke lead over Tommy Aaron, David Lundstrom and Jim Dent after the opening round of the Boone Valley Classic in Augusta, Mo.

Barnes had eight birdies in his round on the 6,731-yard Boone Valley course. His only bogey came on No. 2, when he three-putted after misreading the speed of the green. Barnes, whose longest birdie putt was eight feet, on the par-4 13th, credited his iron play for the strong round.

"If you get on the wrong side of some of these holes you have to think about two-putting instead of knocking it in for a birdie," Barnes said.

EUROPEAN PGA: Bernhard Langer shot a 7-under-par 65 to hold a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Volvo PGA championship on the West course at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England.

Langer had five birdies and closed with an eagle on the 18th to take a two-shot lead. Seven were tied at 67, including Ryder Cup captain Mark James of England and Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland.