Quigley holds one-shot lead in Hickory Classic

10/8/2005 - Golf

CONOVER, N.C. -- Dana Quigley shot a season-best 8-under 64
on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Loren Roberts in the
Greater Hickory Classic.

The 58-year-old Quigley, a two-time winner this year who leads
the Champions Tour money list with $1,812,298, had a 12-under 132
total on the Rock Barn Golf & Spa's Jones Course. Roberts, the
Jeld-Wen Tradition winner in August, had a 65.

"It should be a good shootout tomorrow," Quigley said. "The
conditions were good today. The greens were really soft, which
plays into my game. I'll see how the greens are holding up the
first few holes [Sunday], and go from there."

Jay Haas (67), Jim Ahern (66) and Tom McKnight (68) were 9 under, and Brad Bryant (67) and Lonnie Nielsen (70) were another
stroke back.

Conditions on the 7,093-yard course were dramatically different
from Friday, when play was suspended because of wet conditions.

According to tournament officials, 5 inches of rain fell on the
course in a two-day period, including 2.4 inches Friday. But the
showers stopped early Saturday, with sunshine occasionally peeking
through the remaining clouds.

"I was just amazed at how good the course was, just incredible
the shape it was in with all the rain," Roberts said. "I only had
to take casual water relief twice, and the greens held up very

Quigley and Roberts both finished the rain-delayed first round,
which was completed Saturday morning, at 68. But Quigley moved
ahead with eight birdies, including a 70-foot putt on the par-3
third hole.

"I just stuffed a lot of shots close that normally would run
10-15 feet past the pin," Quigley said. "I get a lot more
confident when I know that ball is gonna stop."

Roberts had a chance to tie Quigley on the par-5 18th hole, but
he pulled his second shot into the gallery and was forced to take a
drop, then missed a 6-foot birdie putt.

"I left some out there -- I could've birdied every hole on the
front nine, and I didn't hit the ball as well on the back nine,"
Roberts said. "We'll see what happens on Sunday."

Craig Stadler, the 2003 winner, shot a 67 to join John Bland
(68), Tom Wargo (66) and Wayne Levi (72) at 7 under. Defending
tournament champion Doug Tewell, who held the clubhouse lead at 2
under when play was suspended Friday, shot a 72 Saturday for a
2-under total.