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And Then There Was One

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There were three competitors tied for the lead in the first round. After the second round only one of Thursdays leaders - Rosie Jones - remained.

Not only did Jones remain ' she pulled away from the rest of the field in Sorenstam-like fashion. Jones teed off this afternoon recording three birdies and a bogey on the par-4 4th prior to making the turn. Another birdie on 164-yard par-3 11th brought Jones to 3-under for the day, 7-under for the tournament, with only a handful of holes left to play.
 
Cindy Figg-Currier did her best to knock on Jones door. Her opening 69 was outdone with Fridays round of 3-under-par 67, which insured her of, not only her making the cut, but also doing so in style.
 
A resident of Austin, Figg-Currier deftly navigated Onion Creek Golf Course for the past two days moving up in the ranks 15 positions. She is presently 4-under-par 136 for the tournament and tied for second.
 
The former University of Texas MVP and owner of one LPGA Tour career victory (1997 State farm Rail Classic), bogeyed two holes on the backside ' the par-4 13th and the 144-yard par-3 17th in what was otherwise a very good round for her.
 
Its been a few years for Figg-Currier since being in the winners circle. This season the 18-year veteran has been struggling with her game. Two missed cuts and no finishes this season better than a tie for 23rd have left her wallowing in 58th position on the money list. Shes in good company though.
 
Yesterdays co-leader Tina Barrett - 60th on the money list - actually trails Figg-Currier in the money race with a total of $37,952 in the bank this season.
 
Barrett played solid golf Friday, yet seemed unable to get anything going during her round. She made two bogeys through fourteen holes, unfortunately bogeying the 164-yard par-3 11th for the second day in a row.
 
Lori Kane started the day at 3-under-par 67. Four holes into her second round the friendliest player on Tour, as many refer to her, had recorded two pars and two consecutive birdies. At 5-under-par, and looking back as the rest of the field now trailed her, Kane was surely smiling.
 
While no competitor really feels secure with a small lead, making bogey and loosing what little lead you had really challenges a players mental game. Kane faced just such a challenge today. Bogey on the 416-yard par-4 15th ended what was shaping up to be another bogey-free round. Although Kane rebounded quickly with birdie on the 386-yard par-4 16th, she played safe golf making par on the next seven holes. Kane was 1-under-par through the 15th.
 
Almost all of the afternoon groups have made the turn. Check back for final scores.