The lights have brightened on the golfing stage of Clovis West High senior Katie Horsford.
She and pro partner Steve Elkington of Australia fired a better-ball 11-under 61 Saturday at Pebble Beach Golf Course to surge into the lead of the pro/junior team competition at the Nature Valley First Tee Open, a Champions Tour event on the Monterey peninsula.
Standing at 15-under 128 after 36 holes, they have a one-stroke lead over two other teams entering Sunday's final round.
Tied for second are Lee Janzen/Christopher Meyers and Jeff Sluman/Logan Lowe in the field that began with 81 teams.
The pros also are competing simultaneously in a $1.9 million tour stop. And that field is led by John Cook, whose 8-under 135 equals the best 36-hole score in the event's history. Skip Kendall and Tom Bymum are a stroke back.
Former Fresno State Bulldog Doug Garwood and Fresnan Bill Glasson are tied for 33rd at 1 under and another ex-Bulldog, Kevin Sutherland, is in the group that is another stroke back.
Horsford, a 2013 Bee All-Star after helping guide Clovis West to the Central Section Division I championship, will tee off at 7:50 a.m. Sunday on the 10th hole of Pebble Beach with Elkington, pro Tom Pernice Jr., and his amateur partner, Anna Zhou.
Elkington, who spent more than 50 weeks among the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking from 1995-98, and Horsford were tied for 18th, four strokes behind the Janzen/Meyers and Sluman/Lowe teams, after Friday's first round.