Ken Green and Sally Quinlan shot a 65 the first day to move in front by one stroke, but the Rinkers had a 68 in a stiff breeze Friday and moved into the halfway lead at 134, 10 under, with Mark McCumber and Chris Johnson limping along a stroke behind.
Johnson twisted her left knee during Thursday's round and spent much of the rest of the week walking backward, which seemed to take the pressure off the injury. As she backed along, blithely ignoring Satchel Paige's advice, McCumber kept her aimed correctly, helping her avoid obstacles such as sprinkler heads.
But by Sunday the knee was hurting no matter which way Johnson walked. She and McCumber, a stroke behind the Rinkers to start the day, put no early pressure on the leaders, and coming home the Family Rinker—brother Lee was caddying for Laurie—cranked out birdies as if they were using a mimeograph machine.
Last year the Rinkers tied for 10th in their first get-together at the Mixed Team. Before they won last week, Laurie said, "It's neat to play with your brother, but not so great as everyone thinks. If another team plays badly, they just have to see each other on the golf course. But when it's your brother you have to see him at Christmas." After Bardmoor, it won't be coal they'll find in their stockings, that's for sure.