Burns Joins Sander and Ogrin in the Lead at Memphis
Despite a double-bogey on his 17th hole Friday, George Burns claimed a share of the lead with Bill Sander and David Ogrin at 136 in the second round of the $500,000 Memphis golf tournament.
Burns shot a 69, Sander a 71 and Ogrin a 70 at Colonial Country Club.
Burns, 36, in his 10th year on the PGA Tour, appeared to have the second-round lead all to himself after going nine under par through 16 holes. Then came the trouble at the 17th.
“I made six birdies, a double-bogey and a real dumb bogey,” was the way Burns described his round. “For the way I played, I’m lucky to be tied for the lead.”
Burns, who began his round on No. 10, said the trouble on his 17th hole--No. 8 on the course--was “a matter of club selection. I hit a very poor tee shot . . . It went out of bounds.
“I was real disappointed the way I played No. 8. I was determined to play the last hole well.”
He hit a 7-iron approach within four feet of No. 9--his 18th hole--and sank the birdie putt to pull even with Sander and Ogrin.
Walter Zembriski fought off 30-m.p.h. winds and a charging Roberto DeVicenzo to keep the lead at the halfway point of the $225,000 U.S. Senior Open at Stateline, Nev.
Zembriski, 50, from Orlando, Fla., hit just nine of Edgewood Tahoe’s greens in regulation, but a deft touch with his sand wedge enabled him to post a one-over-par 73. His 36-hole total of 141 led DeVicenzo, who shot a 68, by a shot.
Defending champion Miller Barber shot a 72 and was third at 143.
Juli Inkster bogeyed the final hole to drop into a tie for the lead with Betsy King at three-under-par 69 in the first round of the rain-soaked $250,000 LPGA Lady Keystone Open at Hershey, Pa.
Inkster was four under par and a stroke ahead of King after birdies on the 16th and 17th holes of the 6,348-yard West Course at Hershey Country Club. But Inkster put her approach shot on the 401-yard 18th hole into a bunker and took a bogey-5.
Mark Blakely of Temple City shot a closing one-under-par 71 for a 207 and a two-stroke victory in the $15,000 Southern California Open at Rio Bravo Country Club in Bakersfield.
Mike Miles of Cypress, with a 69, and Ed Luethke of Fresno, with a 71, tied for second at 209.
Briton Robert Lee broke the course record with an eight-under-par 61 to take a two-shot lead in the first round of the $150,000 Monte Carlo Open.
The 23-year-old Lee, who started from the 10th tee, equaled the nine-hole world record with a seven-under-par 27, which included seven birdies. The nine-hole record is shared by Spaniards Jose Maria Canizares and Americans Mike Souchak and recently crowned U.S. Open champion Andy North.