Hendry shares lead in New Zealand

Defending champion Michael Hendry of New Zealand shared a

three-way lead on Friday after two rounds of the New Zealand PGA

championship.

Hendry shot a 5-under 67 at The Hills course to take a share of

the halfway lead with Australians Aaron Townsend and Scott Strange

at 10-under.

A bogey on the 18th marred Hendry’s second consecutive 67 which

included six birdies.

Townsend’s 68 included six birdies and two bogeys, and Strange

shot a 65 that included an eagle and six birdies.

Five-time Japan Tour winner Toshinori Muto was poised three

shots off the pace in eighth place after a second round 69.

Three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin shot a 71 after his

first round of 80.