RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Amy Alcott said Gene Littler once told her that there are only one or two weeks every year when your golf game and body are in tune -- and that's when you win.
Alcott appears to be enjoying such a conjunction now.
She shot 2-under-par 70 yesterday in the Nabisco Dinah Shore tournament at Mission Hills Country Club to maintain her lead after an opening round of 67.
With her 36-hole total of 137, 7 under par, Alcott has a two-stroke lead over Shirley Furlong, who shot a 68 yesterday. Meg Mallon, Lauri Merten and Ayako Okamoto of Japan are at 140.
Tina Barrett of Maryland's Sparrows Point Country Club, who tied for second place Thursday with a 70, shot 73 yesterday and was six strokes off the lead at 143.
"I played great," said Alcott, who won here in 1983 and '88. "I didn't hit the ball quite as close to the hole today and didn't have as many makeable birdie putts.
"But I'm on my game plan, being aggressive and going for the hole."
On another mildly warm day in the desert with negligible wind, Alcott was steady. She had only two birdies, but didn't make a bogey.
"I'm a little disappointed that I only had two birdies, but you can't make them all," Alcott said.