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OGRIN’S BIRDIE BINGES PUT HIM ATOP THE TEXAS OPEN

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David Ogrin used his hometown edge to shoot a 7-under-par 65 Friday for a one-stroke lead over Jay Haas after the second round of the Texas Open.

Ogrin, who lives in nearby Garden Ridge and plays regularly at La Cantera Golf Club, started the day at 2-under and moved to 9-under with a round buoyed by two birdie streaks.Haas shot a 66. Tiger Woods, Bob Tway and John Huston - one of the co-leaders after the first round - were two shots back.

Both Huston and Mike Heinen carded 66s Thursday to share the lead after the first round. Heinen had a 75 in the second round, and was six shots back at 141.

Ogrin, 62nd on the money list, made par on each of the first four holes, then went on a birdie binge beginning with the par-5 5th. He just missed a 40-foot eagle putt, then tapped in for a birdie. Ogrin finished the front nine with birdies on the final four holes.

After bogeying No. 10, Ogrin had another flurry of birdies from the 12th through 15th holes, then finished the round with a bogey on the par-4 18th. He hooked his drive left under a tree, and missed a 20-foot putt.

Haas, 54th on the money list, started the day at 2-under and played the back nine first. He birdied the 11th, then made par on every hole until No. 1, which he birdied. Haas went on to birdie the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th holes.

Betsy King LPGA

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Laura Davies, trying to top the money lists in Europe and America, surged into the lead at the Betsy King LPGA Classic with a 7-under-65 in the second round Friday.

Davies' two-round total of 134 gave her a one-stroke lead over first-round leader Annika Sorenstam in the $600,000 tournament being played at the 6,075-yard Berkleigh Country Club.

Trailing Sorenstam by two strokes at the start of the round, Davies birdied three of her first four holes, which allowed her to concentrate on her golf, not the chilly weather.

Davies, who started on the back nine, caught Sorenstam when she dropped a 15-foot putt for birdie on her next-to-last hole, the par-3 8th.

A wedge into the green at the par-4 9th hit the flag and stopped about 2 feet from the hole. Davies calmly sank that birdie putt to take the lead.

Davies had an eventful round. She missed a 2-footer for a three-putt bogey on the 2nd, but holed a 50-foot sand wedge for an eagle on the par-5 fifth.

Davies trails rookie Karrie Webb, who took the week off, by $56,275 on the U.S. money list. The $90,000 first-place prize would move her ahead of Webb; the $55,855 second-place prize wouldn't.

Webb is scheduled to play in the World Championship of Women's Golf in Korea, where first prize is $125,000 and last place gets a guaranteed $12,000. Winnings in that tournament count on the American tour.

Sorenstam, of Stockholm, shot a 69. A shot into the creek on the par-4 17th led to her only bogey on the round, and she had four birdies, including one on the par-3 6th that came on a 30-foot putt.

Transamerica Seniors

NAPA, Calif. - Tommy Aaron, Bud Allin and Senior PGA Tour rookie Bob Eastwood all shot 5-under-par 67s Friday and shared a one-stroke lead over six others after one round of the $700,000 Transamerica Senior Golf Championship.

Aaron, the only player among the threesome who has won as a senior, had six birdies in his round on a warm, windless day at Silverado Country Club.

Allin and Eastwood both had five birdies on the 6,632-yard layout.

Allin, a third-year Senior Tour player who has three top-10 finishes this year, chipped in from 25 feet on No. 18.

"I hit the ball a lot better today," Allin said. "I went over a few greens, but I got it up and down. My game isn't good enough to win right now. Hopefully in the future I will, but I'm concentrating on keeping my exemption."

Bobby Stroble, Tom Wargo, Jay Sigel, Bruce Crampton, Brian Barnes and Frank Conner all shot 68s.

Chi Chi Rodriquez, last week's runner-up in Los Angeles, and four others were another stroke back.

OKI Pro-Am

MADRID, Spain - Spain's Seve Ballesteros shot a 6-under-par 66 Friday in the second round of the OKI Pro-Am and moved into a four-way tie for the lead.

Ballesteros shared the top spot at 6-under 138 with compatriot Pedro Linhart, England's Stuart Cage and Sweden's Joakim Haeggman.

Ballesteros, the 1997 Ryder Cup captain for Europe, was one stroke ahead of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Kite, who carded a 68.