Continuing his birdie binge, David Toms maintained his distance from an elite field by posting a tournament-record 29 points for the second-round lead in the International yesterday in Castle Rock, Colo.

Toms, who had 16 points to claim the first-round lead by one point over Phil Mickelson, added 13 to his total under the modified Stableford scoring system used in this event.

That bettered the 36-hole record of 27 points shared by Mickelson (1997) and Vijay Singh (1998).

Chasing Toms was Paul Goydos, with 26 points, and a talented group that included David Duval at 25, Ernie Els at 24 and Steve Elkington at 23.

"These scores are ridiculous, mine especially," Goydos said.

* U.S. AMATEUR: There they were, a couple of high school kids out for a round of golf. They weren't playing for money, yet their match was hardly a friendly contest between buddies.

Instead, Sung Yoon Kim and James Oh were playing for a spot in the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur in Pebble Beach, Calif., and a chance to become the youngest winner in the history of this nation's oldest golf championship.

Kim won the battle of 17-year-olds, closing out the match on the final hole.

He joined Hunter Haas, 22, Ben Curtis, 20, and David Gossett, 20, in the semifinals.

* LPGA: Akiko Fukushima, Nancy Scranton and Tracy Hanson shot 5-under-par 67s to share the first-round lead in the $650,000 Firstar LPGA Classic in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Jan Stephenson, Hiromi Kobayashi, Kris Monaghan and Wendy Ward were one shot behind. Defending champion Meg Mallon and two-time 1999 winner Se Ri Pak shot 70s, and Juli Inkster, a five-time winner this year, shot a 72.

* SENIORS: Jay Sigel posted his best opening round on the Senior PGA Tour in four months, a 5-under 67, that gave him a two-shot lead over a group of eight in the BankBoston Classic in Concord, Mass.

* EUROPEAN PGA: Colin Montgomerie threatened to be the spoiler in the European Ryder Cup race by grabbing a share of the lead with an 8-under 64 in the BMW International Open's halfway point in Munich.