Originally created 07/11/98

LPGA record bites the dust as Pak comes in with a 61



SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Se Ri Pak, bolstered by her first good night's rest since winning the U.S. Women's Open, posted the lowest LPGA tour score ever with a 10-under-par 61 Friday in the second round of the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic.

The 20-year-old South Korean birdied five holes on each side, wrapping up the historic round with birdies on her last three holes. She capped the round by rolling in a 20-foot birdie putt before a large and loud gallery circling the ninth green.

"Every putt was perfect right to left and left to right," she said. "Everything was perfect."

Five players have shot 62s in an LPGA event, most recently Kathryn Marshall in the second round of last year's State Farm Rail Classic.

The PGA Tour record is 59, set by Al Geiberger in 1977, and matched by Chip Beck in 1991.

The 61 vaulted Pak, who had an even-par 71 in the opening round at the 6,319-yard Highland Meadows Golf Club, into first place by two strokes over first-round co-leaders Vickie Odegard and Dana Dormann and Hall of Famer Betsy King.

QUAD CITIES: Steve Jones shot a 5-under-par 65 on Friday to grab a share 36-hole lead with Frank Lickliter in the Quad City Classic in Coal Valley, Ill.

Lickliter had a 64 and is tied with Jones at 129, 11 under for two rounds. Defending champion David Toms got his second 65 and was at 130.

P.H. Horgan III and Russ Cochran, each with 66s, were at 131. First-day leader Curt Byrum fell into an eight-way tie at 8-under after shooting a 69. Also at that figure were D.A. Weibring and Hal Sutton, who started the day a stroke off the lead following opening-round 64s.

Casey Martin, who sued the PGA for the right to ride a cart, was at 134 after added a 68 to a first-round 66. He is five off the lead.

John Daly shot a 72 and missed the cut at 2-under 138 by a stroke.

LOCH LOMOND: Lee Westwood fired a 3-under-par 68 Friday to share the third-round lead with Sweden's Dennis Edlund in the $1.41 million Loch Lomond tournament in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rain interrupted play for more than two hours, but the break worked for Westwood and Edlund, both of whom finished the round with 7-under 206 totals.

Edlund, last year's English Open runner-up, shot a 67 to share a three-stroke lead with Westwood going into the final round Saturday.

Westwood's playing partner, Ross Drummond, the tournament's halfway leader, carded a 72 and dropped into a third-place tie with David Howell (70) at 209.