POTOMAC -- Frederick native Donnie Hammond sloshed his way to a 3-over-par 74 at TPC-Avenel yesterday, the best third-round Kemper Open score among the four players with Middle Atlantic area ties.
Woodholme Country Club teaching professional Wayne DeFrancesco and Middle Atlantic PGA champion Bruce Lehnhard from Locust Grove, Va., both had 75s, and Fred Funk, a Laurel resident who represents Cattail Creek Country Club in western Howard County, slumped to 78.
After three rounds, Hammond, who has the most PGA Tour experience of the four, and DeFrancesco are at 4-over 217, a stroke ahead of Lehnhard, with Funk at 220.
Each of the four had one birdie in his round, and Lehnhard (No. 10) and Funk (No. 9) had double bogeys on a day not conducive to good scoring.
"On a couple of holes coming in, it was four-club weather," said Lehnhard, in his fourth Kemper and making the cut for the first time in nine tour appearances.
"It was a day for grinders, doing what had to be done and working to keep your concentration," DeFrancesco said. Last of the four on the course, he holed out just ahead of the announced suspension of play.
It was a disappointing day for Funk, who hit 11 greens (just four on the front nine) and had only one par-saving putt, a four-footer at No. 12. At that 472-yard test, he hit driver, 3-wood, and could not get home.
His only birdie was a six-footer at No. 16, but he gave it right back with a bogey at the 17th. "I just can't putt these greens -- and it's not the greens' fault," Funk said.
* When Jeff Sluman made the cut at 142, it extended his current tour-leading streak to 20. Dan Forsman made it at 141, and
remained second with 16.
Others on the list include Ronnie Black, 13; Raymond Floyd, 12; Steve Pate, 11; Steve Jones, 10; Tom Kite, 10; and Davis Love III, 10.
Two players on the list were lopped off. Mark O'Meara's string ended at 15 after shooting 70-75145, and Craig Parry's ended at 13 after going 76-80156.
Although Parry won a couple of times in Australia in the winter, played well in The Players Championship and The Masters, only tour player E.J. Pfister, 75-83158, and Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, 80-91171, had higher totals.
Sluman took over the lead after Fred Couples' streak of 30 was halted at the Byron Nelson two weeks ago when he had 72-73145, missing by six shots.
* The 91 by Rypien on Friday was the highest single round in the 25-year history of the Kemper Open. The previous mark was a second-round 89 by Bruce Slattery at Congressional in 1985.