Alfredsson's late lapses give Pak and Redman lead

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Helen Alfredsson had three-putt bogeys on the final two holes, opening the door for Se Ri Pak and Michele Redman to share the lead in the second round of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic in Howland, Ohio.

Helen Alfredsson had three-putt bogeys on the final two holes, opening the door for Se Ri Pak and Michele Redman to share the lead in the second round of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic in Howland, Ohio.

Pak started the day tied for the lead with Alfredsson after both had 7-under-par 65s in the opening round. Pak's second-round 69 left her 10-under at 134.

Pak, chasing her ninth career victory, won the Giant Eagle two years ago when Dottie Pepper missed a short putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff.

Redman shot a 68. She is seeking her second career victory and first in three years.

Alfredsson led by a shot going to the 17th hole, but her putter failed her down the stretch, and she carded a 70 to trail by a stroke after 36 of 54 holes.

Her 45-foot birdie putt was off the mark by 5 feet and she missed the putt coming back. On the 18th green, she rolled a 30-foot birdie putt past the hole and then failed to make the 4-foot par putt.

The Swede has three-putted the last hole for bogeys in each round.

Playing in the same group, Pak and Alfredsson traded or shared the lead for most of the day before Alfredsson overtook Pak with a two-shot swing at No. 13.

Ahead by a stroke, Pak hooked her drive at the par-4 hole and her ball came to rest in the crease between two pieces of fresh sod a few feet left of the cart path and about 15 yards from the fairway.

An official ruled that Pak's ball was in ground under repair and she was permitted to take a free drop. The Korean then hit a punch shot through the green and failed to get up and down to save par.

Moments earlier, Alfredsson yelled at herself in frustration as she bladed her 7-iron approach on the same hole. But her low liner took a big hop just in front of the green and rolled to within 6 feet of the cup. The birdie putt, coupled with Pak's bogey, put her ahead by a shot before she ran into trouble on the last two holes.

Redman pulled into a share of the lead when she holed a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole.

Pat Hurst's 69 left her tied with Alfredsson.

Laura Philo had her second 68 in a row and was at 8-under along with Scotland's Janice Moodie. Powered by an eagle on the par-5 third hole, Moodie had a 65.

Tammie Green, an Ohioan who won the Giant Eagle in 1994 and again in 1997, started the day tied for 90th after a first-round 74. Helped by good-luck charms provided by a pair of course marshals, she put together a 64 to rocket into a tie for seventh place at 6-under.

Her 64 matched the tournament record shared by four players - including Green in the opening round in 1997.

Defending champion Jackie Gallagher-Smith followed a 74 with a 68 and was at 142.

Among those missing the cut was Nancy Lopez, who won the first Giant Eagle in 1993.

Scores after the second round of the $1 million Giant Eagle LPGA Classic, played on the 6,502-yard, par-72 Avalon Lakes Golf Course:

Michele Redman 66-68-134 Se Ri Pak 65-69-134 Pat Hurst 66-69-135 Helen Alfredsson 65-70-135 Janice Moodie 71-65-136 Laura Philo 68-68-136 Tammie Green 74-64-138 Wendy Ward 72-66-138 Dorothy Delasin 71-67-138 Pearl Sinn 69-69-138 Kim Williams 68-71-139 Marianne Morris 74-66-140 Mi Hyun Kim 72-68-140 Nancy Harvey 70-70-140 Vickie Odegard 70-70-140 Jean Zedlitz 69-71-140 Dawn Coe-Jones 72-69-141 Angie Ridgeway 71-70-141 Carmen Hajjar 71-70-141 Sophie Gustafson 71-70-141 Oh-Yeon Kwon 70-71-141 Sally Dee 70-71-141 Brandie Burton 69-72-141 Michelle Murphy 66-75-141 Jen Hanna 74-68-142 Jackie Gallagher-Smith 74-68-142 Barb Mucha 73-69-142 Barb Whitehead 72-70-142 Anna Macosko 72-70-142 Liselotte Neumann 71-71-142 Alicia Dibos 71-71-142 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 70-72-142 Amy Alcott 70-72-142 Charlotta Sorenstam 70-72-142 Kristal Parker 70-72-142 Kate Golden 70-72-142 Jenny Lidback 69-73-142 Amy Benz 69-73-142 Kathryn Marshall 68-74-142 Grace Park 67-75-142 Dale Eggeling 66-76-142 Melissa McNamara 73-70-143 Michelle McGann 73-70-143 Karen Pearce 72-71-143 Emilee Klein 72-71-143 Stefania Croce 75-69-144 Nancy Ramsbottom 74-70-144 Jeong Jang 73-71-144 Missie McGeorge 72-72-144 Carolyn Hill 72-72-144 Mitzi Edge 72-72-144 Joanne Morley 72-72-144 A.J. Eathorne 72-72-144 Val Skinner 71-73-144 Patti Liscio 71-73-144 Lee Ann Walker 71-73-144 Marilyn Lovander 71-73-144 Catriona Matthew 70-74-144 Carin Koch 70-74-144 Lisa DePaulo 70-74-144 Audra Burks 70-74-144 Michelle Bell 70-74-144 Karen Stupples 69-75-144 Jill McGill 68-76-144 Kim Saiki 73-72-145 Fiona Pike 71-74-145 Moira Dunn 71-74-145 Patricia Baxter-Johnson 70-75-145 Donna Andrews 69-76-145 Diane Barnard 67-78-145