GOLF ROUNDUP : Wadkins Leads Brooks by Two After Third Round

From Associated Press

Bobby Wadkins did what his brother, Lanny, said he had to do Saturday--he drove the ball well and stayed in the fairways. That reduced his bogeys to one and gave him seven birdies in a six-under-par 65.

Mark Brooks did what he has been doing for three days and shot a 69.

The two distanced themselves from the field at the Kemper Open at the TPC at Avenal course in Potomac, Md., Wadkins at 13-under 200 and Brooks two shots behind.

The next golfers, Phil Mickelson, D.A. Weibring and Mark O'Meara are at 206.

"Mark and Bobby have kind of separated themselves," Mickelson said. "The leaders aren't going to come back. The only way to beat them is to shoot a really low score."

Wadkins did just that on Saturday, after getting into the tournament with a sponsor's exemption. He has not won in a PGA Tour career that began in 1975.

Brooks hasn't been on the tour as long but is a more established player, with three victories in 11 years. The last was in 1991.

"I played reasonably solid today. I'd rather be ahead, but two shots is not a whole lot," Brooks said. "If we both play real good front nines tomorrow, it could turn into match play."

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Bob Charles took advantage of a forgiving Greystone Golf Club course, wet from a rainstorm that interrupted play after he had completed only one hole, and shot his second consecutive six-under 66 for a one-shot lead over Larry Gilbert after two rounds of the Bruno's Memorial Classic, near Birmingham, Ala.

Charles had three pairs of birdies, on Nos. 4 and 5, 11 and 12 and 16 and 17, with solid iron play taking pressure off his putter.

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Beth Daniel, seeking her second tournament victory in a row, overcame a shaky start in the third round for a two-under 70 and a four-stroke lead over Lisa Kiggens in the LPGA Oldsmobile Classic at the Walnut Hills Country Club in East Lansing, Mich.

A strong finish put Daniel at 16-under 200 in her bid for her 29th victory, one shy of qualifying for entry in the LPGA Hall of Fame.

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Former U.S. amateur champion Justin Leonard of Texas shot a 69 for a 17-under 271 and won the individual medal at the NCAA men's golf championship at the Stonebridge Country Club course in McKinney, Tex.

Stanford finished at 23-under 1,129 and won the team title by four shots over Texas.

Leonard will turn professional Monday when he tries to qualify at Rockville, Md., for the U.S. Open.

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