Originally created 08/24/02

Ammaccapane, Doolan share second-round lead



KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Danielle Ammaccapane sounded confident about her prospects for ending a four-year drought.

Ammaccapane took another step toward ending the winless streak with a 3-under-par 69 Friday that allowed her to maintain a share of the lead after two rounds of the Betsy King Classic.

"I've had some chances this year," said Ammaccapane, who had a first-round 66. "It's actually been kind of nice. ... I figure something good has to happen sooner or later."

She was tied with Wendy Doolan, who had an eagle in a round of 68, and they were 9-under at 135 for 36 holes at Berkleigh Country Club.

"The front nine here plays tougher for me than the back," said Ammaccapane, who made three of her five birdies on the back nine in the second round. "I didn't hit my shots that bad, but they weren't as good as yesterday. All in all, it has been a two good days."

Doolan also had high hopes despite 18th and 24th place in her previous two tournaments.

"I feel good and I have been working hard," she said. "It's coming together for me. I don't think about the past because it is no indication on how hard I have been working lately. ... I'll make my targets off the tees, and do my best."

Karrie Webb had a 65, an accomplishment in view of a triple bogey on the 14th hole.

"I have been playing with a lot of confidence lately," Webb said. "My short game is pretty solid and I am really enjoying myself. It should be an interesting couple of days ahead."

She was at 136, tied with Michelle Ellis, Rachel Teske and Stefania Croce.

Teske had a 67. Ellis, a second-place finisher in her last two starts, carded a 69. Croce managed a second straight 68.

Joanne Morley fired a 66 and was two strokes off the pace with Val Skinner, who had a 69.

Se Ri Pak, third on the money winners' list, shot a 68 and was in a group of five players at 138.

At 140 after a 68 was Mexican Lorena Ochoa, who topped the Futures Tour money list to earn a 2003 LPGA Tour card but is using her final sponsor exemption to play in the Betsy King Classic.

The 20-year-old Ochoa won three times on the developmental tour and earned $53,702 in just 10 events after setting an NCAA record eight titles this season for the University of Arizona.

Jill McGill, who began play tied for the lead with Ammaccapane, blew up to a 77. She was at 143 with defending champion Heather Daly-Donofrio, who carded a 67.

Host Betsy King had a 68, and finished the round at 141.