Pavin proves his mettle with irons for 1-shot lead

July 27, 1991

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Corey Pavin followed great putting on Thursday with solid iron play yesterday and took a one-stroke lead in the rain-shortened second round of the Canon Greater Hartford Open.

The 72 players still out on the course were scheduled to resume play this morning, with the third round to follow with groups going off the first and 10th tees.

Pavin, who played in the morning, put three iron shots within 2 feet of the hole and a long 4-iron within 5 feet in making five birdies. He shot a 3-under-par 67 to move to 8-under.

"I hit some of the best iron shots I've hit all year. I can't remember hitting four shots stiff in a round this year," he said.

Billy Mayfair, with an eagle on the 411-yard, par-4 12th hole, shot a 65 to tie Jim Gallagher Jr. for the low round. They're tied for second with Scott Hoch at 7-under. John Adams also had a 65.

Conditions at the 6,820-yard Tournament Players Club at River Highlands remained ideal yesterday morning with no wind and soggy greens.

"The course will never play any easier on two consecutive days than it is right now," Pavin said.

First-round leader Jim Hallet bogeyed the 18th hole to finish 1-over for the day and is tied with two others at 5-under. Five players on the course also were at 5-under.

LPGA Bay State Classic

CANTON, Mass. -- Mitzi Edge's second straight bogey-free round gave her a 1-stroke lead after the rain-shortened second round as calm winds and soft greens kept scores low.

Edge, a non-winner in seven years on the tour, shot 5-under-par 67 for a two-round total of 8-under 136. First-day leader Deb Richard, who shot 70, and Nancy Scranton, with a 68, were one stroke behind.

Pat Bradley, Caroline Keggi and Kay Cockerill were at 6-under 138 on the 6,137-yard Blue Hill Country Club course. Bradley, in second place after the first round, had a 70. Keggi and Cockerill shot 68.

Play was suspended for the day because of a thunderstorm with 51 of the 139 golfers still on the course. They are scheduled to complete their rounds this morning, with the third round to follow.

Closest to the lead when play was stopped were Terry-Jo Myers and Brandie Burton, both 4-under for the tournament with one hole left.

Edge, 78th on the tour's earnings list, traced the improvement in her game to a string of seven straight birdies during the Lady Keystone Open at Hershey, Pa., in mid-June.

"It's given me a boost of confidence," she said. "You feel like all you need to do is just hit a solid shot near the hole and all you want is a putter in your hand."

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