Fleischer holds slim lead at FedEx Kinko's Classic

4/29/2006 - Golf

LAKEWAY, Texas -- Bruce Fleisher aced the 177-yard third
hole to counter two opening bogeys and finished with a 3-under 69
to take a one-stroke lead Saturday after the second round of the
wind-swept FedEx Kinko's Classic.

The 57-year-old Fleisher, winless since taking the 2004 Bruno's
Memorial Classic for his 18th Champions Tour, had a 7-under 137
total on The Hills course. He used a 5-iron for the hole-in-one on
No. 3 and added birdies on Nos. 9, 12 and 17.

"That shot helped turned my round around because as hard as the
wind was blowing, it was going the other way," said Fleisher, who
has four aces on the Champions Tour and one the PGA Tour. "When
you hit it close, it's skill. When it goes in, it's lucky."

He's attempting to become the oldest winner this year.

"It's tough out here with all these young kids coming up,"
said Fleisher, who won seven times in 1999 and four in 2000.

Craig Stadler and senior newcomer David Edwards were tied for
second after 70s, and Tom Kite (71) and Ireland's Des Smyth (69)
were another stroke back.

Edwards, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, is making his first
start on the 50-and-over tour after turning 50 on April 18.

"I've been pretty eager for this week to arrive," Edwards
said. "I've been playing pretty good and practicing good, but
nothing beats being out here in competition."

Stadler had a bogey-free round.

"I putted terrible today, but played good, but that's what you
need some of the time," he said.

Kite, the former University of Texas star who lives in Austin,
is trying to win a PGA Tour-sanctioned event in Texas for the first
time. He is winless in Texas in 98 starts on the PGA Tour and 10 on
the Champions Tour.

Smyth had a three-stroke lead on the back nine, but dropped a
stroke with a bogey on No. 3 and slipped further back with a double
bogey on the par-5 18th.

"I made double bogey at 18 yesterday and double bogey today so
that one hole has cost my plenty," Smyth said.

Jay Haas, coming off a victory last week in the Legends of Golf,
followed his opening 68 with a 72 to join Bob Gilder (69) and Mark
James (69) at 4 under. Defending champion Jim Thorpe was 2 under
after a 70.