Rookie Mike Springer turned in a bogey-free 9-under-par 63 Friday to vault into the second-round lead in the $1 million Atlanta Golf Classic.
Springer, a 25-year-old Californian, started the day with five birdies. His 36-hole total of 13-under-131 gave him a one-stroke lead over Tom Kite, the PGA's all-time leading money winner.Kite, who has won nearly $6.5 million in 19 years on the PGA Tour, birdied his closing hole for a 68-132.
Andrew Magee, who had a 66 thanks to an eagle-3 on the final hole, was at 9-under 135 along with Corey Pavin and rookie Michael Standly . Kenny Knox , Larry Mize , Hal Sutton and David Peoples were at 137.
Defending champion Wayne Levi shot a 74 Friday and missed the cut at 150.
Fred Funk, first-round leader after a 10-under 62, shot a double-bogey on the first hole and another on the 13th and shot a 77. He stood eight strokes off the lead at 139.
"I'm not surprised I'm where I am, not after the way I've been hitting it the past two days" said Springer, 132nd on this year's money list at $35,502. "I'd be disappointed if I weren't.
"This year has been a little bit of a struggle," said Springer, who missed the cut in six of his 12 previous appearances. "But the last month, my game has been coming around."
Kite, who had a 64 Thursday, parred only three of his first 10 holes Friday, then ran off seven pars in a row before sinking an 18-foot birdie putt at his final hole.
"I didn't play quite as well as yesterday, but 64s don't come around very often," Kite said. "But, I'm very pleased with the score again."
Kite, 41 and winner of 15 Tour events, including this year's Tournament of Champions, had been in a slump until last week when he led going into the final round of the Byron Nelson Classic.
"My biggest improvement the last couple of weeks is in putting," he said. "I switched from my cross-hand putting grip back to conventional at the Masters and that's where I plan to stay."
Springer, who earned $83,000 last year while winning three Ben Hogan events, tried to join the PGA Tour through the qualifying school but failed in 1988 and 1989.
He shot a closing 65 to win the Hogan finale at El Paso, Texas, to qualify for this year's Tour.
His best finish this year has been a tie for seventh at Hattiesburg, Miss., the week of the Masters, but his best check came when he tied for 20th in the Los Angeles Open.At Chesapeake, Va., Tammie Green used a hole in one to help her grab the lead at the Crestar-Farm Fresh Classic.
It was the second straight day the leader had made a hole in one on No. 16.
Jayne Thobois did it Thursday en route to a 4-under-par 68 that gave her a share of the first-round lead.
On Friday, it was Green's turn. Once again, the club of choice on the 146-yard hole was a 7-iron.
"I kind of attribute that to my caddy," Green said. "I was going to hit a knock-down 6-iron, but he talked me into hitting a strong 7-iron instead. Good thing, too."
Green's ace-assisted 66 left her at 7-under 137 midway through the $400,000 event at Greenbrier Country Club.
One stroke back was Elaine Crosby, who shot her second consecutive 69 on the 6,412-yard layout.At Frisco, Texas, Lee Trevino, two days after rebuilding his swing in a five-hour practice session, shot a 5-under 67 Friday that gave him a one-shot advantage after one round of the Reunion Seniors Pro-Am.
"This tells me that what I'm doing now is working," said Trevino, who would have broken the course record had he not knocked his tee shot at the 18th hole into the water en route to a double bogey.
"I've really been frustrated. I've been shooting 71s and 70s and working hard to do it. This gives me my confidence back."
Alone in second at 4-under 68 over the Stonebriar Country Club course was Jim Ferree, who recorded the first double eagle of the year on the PGA Senior Tour. Ferree hit a 3-iron 225 yards into the hole on the par-5 12th hole.
"I knew it was a good shot," Ferree said, "but my eyes are bad and I'm old so I couldn't see it go in the hole. When the crowd started doing back flips, though, I figured something happened."
Tied for third at 3-under 69 were Tommy Aaron, Gibby Gilbert, Jim O'Hern and defending champion Frank Beard.
Orville Moody and John Brodie led a group at 70 while leading money winner Chi Chi Rodriguez had a 71.
Trevino, seeking his third victory on the senior circuit this year, went to the practice tee Wednesday morning and stayed until well after mid-afternoon.
"I was making some changes," he said. "Actually, they weren't changes. It's just things that you forget. If I don't turn my hips through the shot fast enough, I pull everything I hit. And I also shortened my putting stroke and I made a lot of putts today."
One of them was a 60-foot birdie effort at the par-4 second hole and he followed that with a 30-foot birdie putt at the par-4 third.
"I went to the last hole at 7-under and it could have been better than that," Trevino said. "It sure couldn't have been any worse. Even though I hit it in the water at the last hole, it doesn't put a damper on the round because I'm just so glad to be playing the way I am."
Beard won his first tournament as a 50-year old at the Reunion Pro-Am last year and he bounced back from two early bogeys to shoot his 3-under 69.
"I feel like if I can be within the top five players going into Sunday I have a chance," Beard said. "Unless somebody runs away with it, that is.
"Trevino is by far our best player and nothing he does surprises me. If he shoots a 60 tomorrow it wouldn't surprise me.
"He could run away with it, but I don't think anybody else could."