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Kiggins Leads LPGA Michelob

July 9, 1999

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Lisa Kiggins, winless since her only tour victory in 1994, admits to feeling a little self-imposed pressure after gaining the lead in the Michelob Light Classic on Friday.

``Hey, I’m just glad to make the cut,″ Kiggins joked after a 6-under 66 on the par-72 course gave her a 135 total.

Kiggins says she feels she is due after several lackluster seasons.

``Things are going well,″ she said. ``I’ve gone two days without a bogey. I’m just tickled. I’ve been very patient. It’s been five years since I won.″

Kiggins finished one stroke up on Tina Barrett, Thursday’s leader, and Nancy Scranton.

Scranton, 5-under after her first round, played consistently Friday and didn’t let some bad breaks rattle her.

``I’m really comfortable,″ the Centralia, Ill., native said after a workmanlike 3-under 69 second round of the $800,000 tournament at Forest Hills Country Club.

``I made a lot of really good swings and I was rolling them pretty good, too. Some of them just didn’t drop in.″

Scranton parred her first eight holes, birdied Nos. 9, 10 and 11 and parred out to finish the day.

``I didn’t have any bogeys,″ she said, ``I played a little bit better today.″

With a chance to go 9-under on the par-4 17th hole, Scranton hit a slightly downhill putt that ran to the lip of the cup and, somehow, stopped.

``That green slopes so much,″ she said later, without complaint. ``I just didn’t think it could just hang there.″

At the par-5 18th, Scranton hit a 9-iron to what she hoped would be several paces past the hole. The ball hit the pin a couple of feet above the ground and bounced 30 feet away.

``I hit such a good shot there,″ Scranton said. ``I knew I had to get it past the hole because my ball had been backing up all day. But it hit the pin and bounced.″

Her birdie putt just missed and she had to settle for a par to end the round.

Annika Sorenstam, who has won this event three of the last four years, started the day 4-under and got to 6-under before running into bogey trouble and settling for a 72.

Barrett played even on the day, but seemed satisfied with that, noting that going into the weekend a stroke back wasn’t bad.

``I’m playing pretty well,″ said Barrett, who shot a career-low 64 on Thursday. ``Now if I can get that putter working again.

``I didn’t expect to shoot a 64 again. It took me 33 years to do it the first time, so expecting to repeat it the next day wouldn’t be realistic.

``When a 64 happens, a lot of really good things had to happen. In golf, it’s hard to stay in that same groove. But I guess I am a little disappointed with even. I had a lot of chances.″

Kristal Parker-Gregory and Lorie Kane were at of 139, followed by Sorenstam, Julie Inkster and Stephanie Lowe at 140.

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