Ever since she scored her only victory on the LPGA Tour, Tina Barrett has been haunted by the feeling that it was a fluke.
Near the end of her rookie season two years ago, Barrett won the Mitsubishi Motors Ocean State Open in Cranston, R.I. Since that event was opposite the World Championship of Women’s Golf, the field she beat was not of the highest quality.
Now Barrett is in position to erase the self-imposed asterisk from her record. She has a one-stroke lead going into today’s final round of the Inamori Classic at StoneRidge Country Club in Poway.
A two-under par 70 Saturday gave Barrett a 54-hole total of 209 and sent her past Laura Davies, who shot a 72. Robin Walton shot a 70 and is tied at 210 with Davies.
Barrett, 24, has won only $41,558 in her brief career, including $3,915 this year. She got $22,500 of her total with her 1989 victory, in which she beat Nancy Brown by two shots.
Missie Berteotti and Judy Dickinson moved into a fourth place tie at 212.