Buddy Peoples, who shared the first-round lead at 70, carved out a par-71 yesterday to build a three-stroke lead in the 25th Maryland Amateur Stroke Play championship at Mount Pleasant
Mark Farrell put up the tournament's best score, a 2-under-par 69, and jumped into contention as part of a three-way tie at 144. This enabled him to join Tom Burns and 1987 champion Bob Kaestner. All three had to complete Friday's round and, after a brief respite, turn around and play their second round.
It was another shot back to Cameron Murray (70-75) and TTC defending champion Justin Klein (72-73).
The cut fell at 158, and 102 players will play today's final round in threesomes, beginning with the highest scores at 7:30 a.m. The leaders will go at 12:27 p.m.
Peoples, a one-time Maryland State Amateur champion, who has finished in the top 10 of this event on several occasions, including a second three years ago, started out as though to make it a runaway.
Playing in the day's final group, the Crofton CC member, who will carry a lead into the last round for the first time, dipped to 3-under through six holes. He then sandwiched two three-putt bogeys around a birdie to turn in 2-under 34.
On the back nine, he hit the first seven greens in regulation (and pars) before bogeying the last two after missing the greens. For the round, he hit 14 greens, "and closer than the first round," he said.
"I played aggressive all day -- drove it solid and hit it close. And the greens are great."
Burns, a recent graduate of Loyola College, where he played No. 2 on the golf team, and Murray, out of Bretton Woods Recreation Center, had shot 70s in the first round, then slipped back. Burns had 74, and Murray 75.
Farrell, 27, who tied for fifth in this tournament two years ago, warmed up by completing a rain-suspended first round at 4-over, then got them all back when he turned around and blazed the back nine in 4-under 31.
On the front nine, a string of pars was marred by two three-putt greens. Overall, he hit 16 greens and had two saves, while using 31 putts, 13 on the back nine, where he included a chip-in at No. 15.
Kaestner, a finalist in the recent Maryland State Amateur, took the opposite route, slipping 4-over on the back nine, then knocking in birdie putts at Nos. 1, 6 and 9.
Burns, who came from his Garden City, N.Y., home as a late entry following a cancellation, played 3 1/2 holes to finish his first round, then had trouble with the changing speeds of the greens as they dried out. His 74 included one birdie.
Buddy Peoples 70-71141; Bob Kaestner 72-72144; Tom Burns 70-74144; Mark Farrell 75-69144; Cameron Murray 70-75145; ,X Justin Klein 72-73145; David Kaplan 73-73146; Jon Newlon 73-73146; William Stout 75-71146; Jerry Iorizzo 75-71146; Bob Lee 74-73147; Mitch Wyatt 74-73147.
Joel Kaye 73-75148; Steve Thomas 74-74148; Robert Bramson 77-71148; Richard Klein 77-71148; Gary Moore 72-76148; Jesse Vaughn 76-72148; Rodolfo Gil 75-74149; Charles Narciso 75-74149; Matt Shiley 71-78149; Ray Daue 75-74149; Larry Storck 73-76149; Tony Solesky 72-77149; Mike Larson 75-75150; Gary Sutton 73-77150; Sheldon Kalish 74-76150.