Jonathan Byrd had nine birdies yesterday in a 7-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead after two rounds of the B.C. Open in Endicott, N.Y.

Daniel Chopra and John Morgan, who lost in a playoff last week at the John Deere Classic, were tied for second at 11-under 133. Chopra had a 65 and Morgan a 68.

Another shot back were Todd Fischer, Chris Smith, Roland Thatcher and Neal Lancaster. First-round leader Kelly Gibson skied to a 74 after an opening 64 to fall into a tie for 34th.

After opening with a 75, Robert Gamez had 11 birdies and equaled the En-Joie Golf Club course record with an 11-under 61 in the afternoon, tying Hal Sutton (1995) and Fred Funk (1999).

For Byrd, after undergoing hip surgery in February, his round was a welcome relief.

"I felt good the last three months, but it's been a struggle coming back," said Byrd, who has missed eight cuts this year. "I haven't got it done, but I've seen a lot of good signs."

* LPGA: Gloria Park had 10 birdies in a 6-under 66 and held a one-stroke lead in the tournament in which she almost didn't play.

She was sick Thursday night and seriously considered withdrawing before the first round of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic at Squaw Creek Country Club in Vienna, Ohio.

"I feel pretty good now," said Park, a two-time winner on tour this year. "Yesterday my stomach was hurting, and I threw up during the night."

* VIRGINIA OPEN: Former champion Faber Jamerson of Appomattox shot a 5-under-par 67 and opened a three-shot lead over a trio of challengers in the second round in Richmond.

PGA professional Chip Sullivan (71), who won the Maryland Open Wedneday, and amateurs Chris McCartin of Arlington (71) and Ryan Sypniewski of Radford (68) were all at 6-under 138.