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Leader is at tournament-record 13-under 131

9/17/2005 - Golf

HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- Bob Gilder shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to
maintain a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Constellation Energy Classic.

Gilder birdied the par-4 18th to reach a tournament-record
13-under 131 after 36 holes at Hayfields Country Club.

D.A. Weibring and Morris Hatalsky are tied for second at 11
under. Two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange Curtis Strange
(66) and Senior British Open champ Tom Watson (68) are three strokes back.

Gilder, a seven-time winner on the Champions Tour, is trying to
become the second straight wire-to-wire winner of the $1.7 million
event. Defending champion Wayne Levi is at 3-under 141 after a
second-round 70.

Weibring eagled the par-4 15th to briefly move into the lead,
but he made a bogey at the 18th and settled for 66. Hatalsky
birdied the final four holes for a 31 on the back nine to tie the
course record of 8-under 64, matching Gilder's opening score and
the mark shared by five others.

Bruce Fleisher moved into contention with a 66 for a 9 under
total, and former major league pitcher Rick Rhoden had a 68 and
leads a four-player group at 8 under.

Gilder had six birdies in the second round and played the par 5s
in 3 under. He regained the lead with a birdie on the par-5 16th
and closed the round with a 3 at 18.

"I like the par 5s," he said. "I told myself to be aggressive
and don't be defensive. Everybody thinks you're supposed to keep
winning out here. It's not that easy, even though I've been
successful out here."

The 54-year-old Gilder, the Champions Tour's rookie of the year
in 2001, is looking for his first victory since the 2003 Emerald
Coast Classic.

Lee Trevino, playing in his first event since January because of
back pain and after undergoing minor surgery in May, followed an
opening 80 with a 73.