SYLVANIA, Ohio – For at least one afternoon, Beth Daniel turned the clock back 25 years.

Conjuring up memories of her vintage years on the LPGA Tour, the Hall of Famer shot a 6-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Despite getting to 7-under 135 with her lowest round of the year, she said she wasn’t ready to start getting nostalgic just yet.

“The years never melt away,” the 48-year-old said with a laugh. “Unfortunately, they NEVER melt away. Plus, it’s a little bit early in the tournament to be getting sentimental anyway.”

U.S. Women’s Open champion Birdie Kim and fellow South Korean Hee-Won Han shared second place, Han after a 67 and first-round co-leader Kim after an even-par 71.

Daniel has won 33 times in her career, but just once in the last decade. Her win in the 2003 Canadian Women’s Open made her the oldest player to win an LPGA Tour event.

She hasn’t finished in the top eight in a tournament in 10 starts this year and is 53rd on the money list.

“The way I’ve played this year hasn’t been a lot of fun,” she said. “I was thinking out there on the last few holes that it was nice to have my heart rate going a little bit and feeling a little something because I really haven’t been in contention that much this year to get my heart rate up.”

Hobbled Quigley leads Senior Players

DEARBORN, Mich. – Dana Quigley has put himself in position to end his amazing ironman streak with a perfect finish.

Bothered by a hip ailment that throbs when he sits, the 58-year-old Quigley shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take the second-round lead at 11 under in the Senior Players Championship, the second major on the Champions Tour.

Isao Aoki (69) and Tom McKnight (67) were two shots back, and Peter Jacobsen (66), Hale Irwin (68) and Ron Streck (70) followed at 8 under.

Quigley, playing his 264th consecutive event and 278th straight in events he has been eligible for, will end the eight-year run Sunday if his hip doesn’t improve because of doesn’t want to sit through a long flight to the Senior British Open.

“I’m worried about the flight knocking me out with this hip, and maybe regressing rather than progressing,” Quigley said after his 10th round in the 60s in 12 starts. “I’m kind of looking forward to the rest of the season. I’m really starting to think I can play a bit – and that’s a scary thought.”


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