EASTON -- Gerry Iorizzo thought he had spoiled his chances of winning when he rang up four bogeys in the first five holes on the back nine, but he managed to get his game under control while others all around him were losing theirs.
"I never anticipated winning after being that far out," Iorizzo said after his 36-hole total of 148 turned out to be low by two strokes in the fifth annual men's Mid-Amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association at Talbot Country Club yesterday.
The new champion, whose previous best in the event had been && a third in 1988, definitely earned the title because his closing 72 was the low round of the day and second low round of the tournament. The Crofton CC member was one of seven players among the 39 starters to have a lower second-day score.
Jim Castagna of Norbeck CC, backed by a win, two seconds, and a fifth in previous years, added another second when he bogeyed Nos. 15-16-17 and finished 74-76-150.
Iorizzo turned the front nine in 1-under-par 34, then followed his bogey binge on the back by finishing birdie-par-birdie-par.
The leaders: Gerry Iorizzo, Crofton, 76-72148; Jim Castagna, Norbeck, 74-76150; Kevin Wright, Caroline, 78-73151; Henri deLozier, Columbia, 76-75151; Mike Rethman, Hobbit's Glen, 75-77152; Bill Palko, Naval Academy, 73-79152; Johnny Boston, Nassawango, 71-81152; Clyde Marriner, Nassawango, 80-73153; Ken Foster, Columbia, 76-79155; Bill McLean, Elkridge, 79-76155; John Swarthout, Germantown, 76-79155; Jerry Watts, Naval Academy, 77-78155; David Rasley, Lakewood, 74-81155.
Middle Atlantic PGA
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Jim Muething, head pro at the new Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., shot a second-round 4-under-par 67 at the Golden Horseshoe, and his 36-hole total of 140 leads the annual championship by one stroke over Bruce Lehnhard and Glen Barrett.
The leaders: Jim Muething 73-67140; Bruce Lehnhard 71-70141;
Glen Barrett 72-69141; Bob Boyd 72-70142; Mike West 69-73 142; Mike Moyers 71-73144; Don Slebodnik 73-71144; David Jimenez 75-70145; Woody FitzHugh 73-74147; Al Green 73-74147. Area scorers included: Chris Peddicord 78-70148; Fran Rhoads 74-77151; Bill Horney 72-80152; John Invernizzi 75-77152; John McNaney 75-77152; Mark Spolarich 74-78152; Herb Rose 77-76153; Barry Fuhrman 78-76154; John McCloskey 75-79154Art Scott 81-74155; Bill Sporre 77-79156; Brian Morrison Mark Helffrich 76-82158; Mike McGinnis 77-81158; John Haines 83-77160; Allen Wronowski 80-80160; Paul Mosca 83-78161; Bruce Gerwig 83-81164; Hank Majewski 77-87164; Pat Owen 80-87167; Mike Welsh 82-85167.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Sheldon Kalish of Baltimore topped three Baltimore-area players in the first of two on-site qualifying rounds with a 75 at The Honors Course. Franklin Langham, Thomson, Ga., led the 312-man field with 65.
Other area scorers included: Pat Tallent, Vienna, Va., 70; Tim Burns, Chevy Chase, 72; David Fenichel, Falls Church, Va., 75; Fred Widicus, Annandale, Va., 75; Mark Jansen, Fairfax, Va., 78; Brian Quackenbush, Herndon, Va., 79; Joel Kaye, Owings Mills, 40-4585; Adrian Druzgala, Jessup, 42-4385.
VENICE, Fla. -- Susan Slaughter of Floyd, Va., registered a par-72 to lead four Maryland-Virginia players in the opening round of a sectional qualifying program at Plantation Golf & CC.
Other area scorers: Kim Williams, Potomac, 75; Leland Ingham, Bethesda, 76; Shannon Hanley, Germantown, 88 (failed to advance).
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Middle Atlantic PGA representatives Jim Duke of Potomac (80) and Jenny Chuasiriporn of Timonium (81) were nine shots back in the pack after the first round of the championship which matches PGA section champions in boys and girls divisions at the par-72 PGA