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Flesch on target at Turning Stone

Steve Flesch has hit 34 of 36 greens in regulation in grabbing a one-stroke lead. Steve Flesch has hit 34 of 36 greens in regulation in grabbing a one-stroke lead. (JOHN HAEGER/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Steve Flesch didn't glance much at the leaderboard. He was too busy watching his irons perform their magic again.

Flesch shot a 7-under-par 65 yesterday to take sole possession of the lead after two rounds of the inaugural Turning Stone Resort Championship in Verona, N.Y. He was at 13-under 131 and one stroke ahead of first-round co-leader Jeff Gove (67) and Brendon de Jonge, who had a second straight 66.

Conditions again were ideal, and the lefthanded-swinging Flesch quickly built on his opening 66. He started by making four birdies and an eagle for a record 30 on the back side of the forgiving 7,482-yard Atunyote Gold Club course, with its wide fairways and soft greens.

"I've always said my iron game is the strength of my game, and when you give us generous fairways like this, if I get the ball on the fairway, I usually can find the pins," said Flesch, who has hit 34 of 36 greens in regulation.

Champions - In Cary, N.C., Mark Wiebe shot a 7-under 65 in his Tour debut to share the first-round SAS Championship lead with Champions Tour Q School medalist Boonchu Ruangkit of Thailand. Dana Quigley trailed the leaders by one and four others shot 5 under. In all, 43 of the 78 players in the field shot below par, including Fulton Allem (3 under), who also made his debut.

European - Mark Foster shot a 6-under 66 in a strong, swirling wind to share the lead with Robert-Jan Derksen after two rounds of the British Masters in Sutton Coldfield, England.

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