Originally created 08/02/97

Kendall takes International lead



CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) - Nike Tour veteran Skip Kendall held off challenges from Nick Price and Phil Mickelson on Friday to claim the early second-round lead in the weather-delayed Sprint International.

Kendall, 32, had six birdies - worth two points apiece - in his second round for 12 points and a 36-hole total of 22 points under the modified Stableford scoring system used in this event.

Price had seven birdies for 14 points, boosting his two-round total to 20 points. Mickelson also stood at 20 through seven holes of his second round.

Half of the field failed to complete the first round on Thursday because of rain and lightning. Those players completed the first round Friday morning, then began second-round play. Some golfers played as many as 33 holes on Friday.

Kendall, whose best finish in a PGA Tour event was seventh in the 1995 B.C. Open and who has never finished higher than 129th on the money list, played 32 holes on Friday.

"That's a lot of holes around here," Kendall said of hilly Castle Pines Golf Club, which is 7,559 yards long and is situated at an altitude of 6,200 feet. "It was tiring. I'm just glad I was playing well."

Kendall scored 10 points on the back nine of his morning round - helped by a five-point eagle on the par-5 17th hole - and didn't let up in the afternoon. He ran off three straight birdies at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 on putts of 10, 6 and 15 feet in his second round.

Kendall was in contention in the first two rounds of the 1993 International and wound up finishing eighth. "I love this place," he said. "It seems to suit my game."

Price, who won the MCI Classic this season and has had six top-10 finishes to rank 10th on the money list, said he "hit a lot of good iron shots today, and the greens were putting well."

Tied with 19 points were Jay Haas and Stuart Appleby. Larry Mize, who shared the first-round lead with Haas, also was at 19 through nine holes of his second round.

Haas completed his first round Friday morning, drawing into a tie with Mize at 15 points. He had only two birdies in a bogey-free round in the afternoon.

"I guess maybe I got a few more (points) from the morning than I deserved," Haas said. "I kind of got what I deserved in the afternoon."

Greg Norman, Tom Lehman and Kirk Triplett were at 18. British Open champion Justin Leonard was at plus-11.

Because of the late second-round tee times, some golfers were destined not to finish before nightfall, forcing them to complete those rounds Saturday morning. Because the field will be cut to exactly 72 players, a playoff might also be required. The field will be cut again to 24 for Sunday's final round.

The scoring system awards 5 points for an eagle, 2 for birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse.

Among those in danger of missing the 36-hole cut were Steve Jones and defending champion Clarence Rose, both at plus-4. Ernie Els was at plus-4 through six holes. Lee Janzen was at plus-3 through seven holes. Nick Faldo had 25 straight pars and stood at zero with 11 holes left.