Juli Inkster moved within one round of entering the LPGA Hall of Fame after shooting a 2-under 70 yesterday to take a three-stroke lead in the Safeway LPGA Championship in Portland, Ore.
Inkster, who needs one more tour victory to secure her place in the Hall, was one of 15 players to break par yesterday on the Columbia Edgewater Country Club course.
Michele Redman had a second straight 70 and was second at 4-under 140.
Inkster was tied with Rosie Jones for the lead at 5 under entering the second round and four others were one stroke back. But Jones and the other pursuers all lost ground on a cool, blustery day.
Even Inkster had trouble early in her round with bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4 to drop into a four-way tie for first at 4 under. But she rallied with birdies on Nos. 6 through 8 to move to 7 under and that gave her a two-shot lead over Beth Daniel.
Inkster added birdies on Nos. 12 and 17. Only bogeys on 9 and 18 kept her from taking an almost insurmountable lead.
PGA: Stephen Ames shot a 5-under 67 and his 16-under total kept him in the lead of the Texas Open in San Antonio for the third straight round, although 12 players were within five strokes.
Duffy Waldorf shot a 65 and Ted Tryba had a 66 to share second place, two strokes behind Ames.
Ames avoided some of the pitfalls he encountered the first two days and didn't have a bogey yesterday. He birdied the first hole with a 10-foot putt and made two more birdies before the turn to move to 14 under. His other birdies came on Nos. 10 and 14, the two par-5s on the back nine at La Cantera Golf Club.
"It was a little easier today, without a doubt," Ames said.
SENIORS: Ed Dougherty shot a 5-under 65 and held a one-stroke lead over three players with six others another stroke back after two rounds of the $1.4 million Kroger Senior Classic in Mason, Ohio.