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Published Sep. 2, 1995|Updated Oct. 4, 2005

Franklin Quest Championship: Ben Smith shot a tournament-record 9-under 63 to take a two-stroke lead over Larry Laoretti after the first round.

"I couldn't do any wrong today," said Smith, a non-winner in 12 years on the Senior PGA Tour. "I hit the ball close on the front side, but let a few opportunities slip by."

Smith, 61, had nine birdies on the 7,026-yard Park Meadows course to match the mark set by Dave Stockton in 1993.

"I tried not to think about a course record," Smith said. "I just wanted to keep making birdies, and at this course, that's hard to do."

Smith, who turned professional at 48 after 15 years in the auto repair business in Grand Prairie, Texas, is 37th on the money list with $229,240 in 24 starts and seventh in the Super Seniors competition for players 60 and over with $100,537 in 15 events. The Super Seniors event ends today.

Laoretti, a former club pro who won the 1992 U.S. Senior Open for his lone tour title, had eight birdies and a bogey.

The winner will receive $90,000 from the $600,000 purse.

European Masters: Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros failed to make the cut at Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland, while England's Stephen Richardson took a two-stroke lead.

Norman, ranked No. 1 in the world and the winner of last weekend's World Series of Golf, shot a second-round par 72 for 1-over 145, two shots over the halfway cut. Ballesteros had a 76 for 150.

"It's my best moment of the year," Richardson said.


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