Four-time winner West leads Amateur

October 03, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

It was like old times for Marty West III of Rockville.

The four-time champion from Columbia Country Club surged into the second-round lead of the annual Middle Atlantic Amateur golf championship with a 4-under 32-3668 and a 36-hole total of 141 yesterday at Hunt Valley Golf Club.

Pat Tallent, a Congressional CC member from Vienna, Va., used a 70 to climb into second place at 142, followed by first-round leader Mike Cox, of Lusby and Chesapeake Hills CC, who had five three-putt greens in posting 70-143.

Tallent stepped up with a steady round that included two birdies and one bogey.

Of the 115 starters, there were five sub-par scores over the 6,685-yard course, where slippery greens have led to some putting horrors during the first two days.

West and Tallent were joined by Tom Gramigna, a Loyola College graduate from Haddonfield, N.J., who shot the back in 33 with four birdies for 70-145; City amateur champion Bob Kaestner from Baltimore CC, 71-150 and Ben Brundred III, 71-154.

Vince Zachetti, a 71 shooter Thursday, slipped back with a 74 and is at 145 with Gramigna.

With the field cut to the low 60 and ties, 65 players at 157 and better will go in this morning's third round, and the low 40 and ties will play the final round tomorrow morning.

West made his move immediately with birdies at the first two holes, rolling in a 25-foot putt at the first, and a more reasonable 4-footer at the second. A pair of 8-footers at the par-5 seventh and eighth holes sent him to the turn in 4-under 32, and he came back in par-36, birdieing the 13th from a foot, and 3-putting the 17th.

"New confidence in my wedge shots was the key to my two rounds," West said.

"I had been hitting the ball well, but not working on the short game. Wednesday night, I hit a lot of chips and sand shots. You need to be confident in that situation because if you step up and you're not positive, it's tough to hit the shot. I just needed to get my confidence back."

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