Vinieratos Fires 65 to Lead


AVON, Conn. -- The second round of the Lincoln Futures Golf Classic was completed today at 9:48 a.m. Non-exempt LPGA Tour player Michele Vinieratos of Altamonte Springs, Fla., took the second-round lead by firing a six-under-par 65 for a 134 (-8) total, a new 36-hole tournament record. Her 18-hole round tied the tournament course record set in the first round by Nicole Materne of Spokane, Wash., who sits in second place two shots behind. In third at 137 (-5) are Sue Ginter-Brooker of Appleton, Wis., and Michelle Simpson of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., who shot rounds of 67 (-4) and 68 (-3) respectively on the 6,143-yard par 71 Blue Fox Run Golf Course in Avon, Conn.
When play was halted last night at 8:10 p.m., due to darkness, Vinieratos had a four shot lead over Materne. She was at nine-under-par for the tournament, seven under in her round through 12 holes. The first 12 holes included birdies on two, four, five, six, eight, nine and 10. On nine, Vinieratos chipped in from the front of the green for birdie.
'Im hitting the ball, chipping and putting well,' said Vinieratos, who had to play six holes yesterday morning to complete her first round 69 (-2). 'I have been playing well all year and I have been building and building. It has taken a lot of work and now I am happy to see it is paying off.'
Play resumed today at 8:00 a.m., and Vinieratos made par on her first hole, number 13. However, on the par five 526-yard 14th hole, she made bogey allowing Materne to inch one shot closer. She closed her round with pars while Materne made birdie on the 194-yard par three 16th hole. At the conclusion, of the second round, only two shots separated the two.
'I am going to keep doing what I am doing which is to play one shot at a time,' stated Vinieratos. 'Hard work has gotten me here so I will just trust it and play.'
Seventy-seven players made the 36-hole cut at 148 (+6).