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Hetherington-Mediate Lead JCPenney

December 6, 1998

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) _ The team of Rachel Hetherington and Rocco Mediate shot a 9-under-par 62 in best-ball play Saturday to take a two-stroke lead heading into the final round of modified alternate-stroke play in the JCPenney Classic.

The Hetherington-Mediate team are 23-under par through 54 holes, two strokes ahead of Chris Johnson and Steve Lowery at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead course.

``If you are with one of the girls who can drive it good you have an advantage,″ Mediate said. ``And she also putts good. That’s a good thing.″

It helped make for bogeyless day during which Mediate produced six birdies _ including a chip-in on the second hole _ while Hetherington added three of her own.

``I’m excited,″ Hetherington said. ``I haven’t met many of the PGA players before. In Australia, we only get to see a few events. The British Open, the U.S. Open, the PGA. We get up real early to watch them. I love watching the guys. It’s neat to see some of those players here.″

Johnson-Lowery shot a 6-under 65 to reach 21 under and Meg Mallon and Steve Pate (66) were three back at 20 under. Dale Eggeling-Fuzzy Zoeller (64) and Catrin Nilsmark-Chris Perry (66) were at 19 under.

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