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Doyle, Johnston Lead PGA Qualifying Tournament

December 9, 1996

LOMPOC, Calif. (AP) _ Allen Doyle of LaGrange, Ga., and Jimmy Johnston of Louisville, Ky., were tied for the lead after Sunday’s fifth round of the $150,000 PGA qualifying tournament.

Doyle, 48, carded a 4-under-par 68 at the 7,105-yard La Purisima Golf Club on Sunday, giving him a 90-hole total of 352.

Johnston, 27, had a 70 in the fifth round.

The sixth and final round will be played Monday, with the winner of the tournament earning $15,000 and the low 40 scorers and ties getting 1997 PGA Tour cards. The next 70 and ties receive Nike Tour cards.

The field, originally 188 players, was trimmed to the low 90 scorers and ties after Saturday’s round, with 110 players making the cut.

Doyle was a rookie on the PGA Tour in 1996, finishing 140th in earnings at $136,789. Johnston has played the Nike Tour the last two years.

One shot off the pace at 353 entering the final round were Doug Barron of Memphis, Tenn., who had a 69 Sunday, and Chip Sullivan of Roanoke, Va., who had a 71.

Next at 354 were Tom Purnice, Jr., of Lee’s Summit, Mo., who had a 70 in the fifth round, and Jimmy Green of Theodore, Ala., who had a 69.

Two players were at 355 _ Phil Tataurangi of New Zealand and Brent Geiberger of Palm Desert, Calif. Both had even-par 72s in the fifth round.

Seven players were four shots off the pace. Paul Claxton of Vidalia, Ga., who led after the third and fourth rounds, soared to a 79 Sunday, leaving him at 360 _ eight shots behind the co-leaders.

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