66 puts Gamez 17-under par for 3-stroke lead at Milwaukee

August 31, 1991

FRANKLIN, Wis. -- Robert Gamez followed a record opening round with a 6-under-par 66 yesterday to go 17-under and lead the Greater Milwaukee Open by three strokes.

Gamez, whose 11-under 61 Thursday tied the Tuckaway Country Club record and beat the GMO opening-round mark, said he knew things were going well from the start yesterday.

"I just went out and tried to play the same aggressive game," Gamez, 23, said. "I birdied the first two holes, and I thought I could be just as low as I was [Thursday], if not lower."

But bogeys on two holes -- when he three-putted at Nos. 5 and 10 -- helped stop him from matching the record score. He finished with two birdies, on putts of 15 feet on No. 17 and 20 feet on No. 18, for a two-day total of 127.

Tied at 14-under were Mark Brooks, Mark Hayes and Jeff Maggert. Brooks, who shot a 63 Thursday, got three birdies on his second nine for a 5-under 67.

"It was really a day of trying to make sure I didn't go backwards from where I was," said Brooks, who credited good putting for saving the round. "I scraped out a lot to shoot 67 today."

Hayes made a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 524-yard sixth hole on the way to a 64. Maggert birdied six of his first nine holes and finished with a 65.

Gamez who won two tournaments last year but hasn't won in 1991, said he played better than Thursday, "except I didn't make the putts."

He said he's aiming for 30-under par by the time the tournament ends tomorrow.

That score would beat the PGA Tour's 72-hole record of 27-under-par, accomplished by Mike Souchak in winning the 1955 Texas Open and Ben Hogan at the 1945 Portland Invitational.

"I'm playing well enough to really shoot 66 and 66 on the weekend," Gamez said. "With my putter working and if I just hit the ball halfway decent, there's no telling."

Seniors GTE North Classic

INDIANAPOLIS -- Larry Mowry shot a tournament-record 8-under-par 64 to take the lead after the weather-delayed opening round.

Mowry shot bogey-free golf to open a two-stroke lead over Dick Rhyan, Dale Douglass and George Archer. Mowry's score was one stroke better than the old mark, posted by several players in the tournament's four-year history.

Eight other players were within three strokes of Mowry at the 6,670-yard, par-72 Broadmoor Country Club. The group included Lee Trevino, whose 31-37 gave him six consecutive sub-70 rounds -- the longest streak on the Seniors Tour this year.

Play was halted for 53 minutes early on when thunder and lightning passed through the area, close to the scene where a spectator was killed by lightning at the PGA Championship earlier this month.

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