Narciso has happy ending in Publinx Championship

June 21, 1993|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Staff Writer

Defending champion Charles Narciso came to Forest Park Golf Course mad. But by the end of the final round of the Baltimore Publinx Championship, he was anything but angry.

Narciso, upset because he missed by one stroke in qualifying for the Maryland State Amateur Championship, dominated the final

round yesterday with a 5-under 66 to finish with a two-round total of 2-under 140 and capture his second straight Publinx title.

Trailing Rick Normile by three strokes after the first round Saturday at Mount Pleasant Golf Course, Narciso made a dramatic turnaround at Forest Park. Narciso easily won the championship and $150 by eight strokes over Larry Cronise and Tim Osgood, both of whom ended with 6-over 148.

"I'm real bitter that I didn't make the amateur tournament. I wanted to prove something," said Narciso, 24, who said he didn't feel the pressure of a three-stroke deficit.

"Last night, I told my caddy that a 66 would do it today, and it so happened that I did shoot a 66," said Narciso, who does not claim a home course. "This is definitely my best round of golf out here."

Narciso also was angered that he was not placed in the lead group in the final round.

His first-round score of 74 tied him for third with two others, but only four can play in a group. An official ruled Narciso to be in the pack ahead of the lead group.

"When they put me ahead of the top group, I was upset," Narciso said. "I decided to go out there and play, and let [the top group] get a look of how well I was doing."

Narciso birdied five holes, including three on the back nine, and parred the other 13 holes.

"I couldn't exactly see him, but I knew he was doing well," said Normile, 40, who was in the top group. "When I heard that he was under par going on the back nine, I knew I was in trouble because I was barely shooting under 80. Shooting 66, he deserves to win."

Normile bogeyed five of his first nine holes to ruin his chances for his first Baltimore Publinx title. He finished fourth overall with 7-over 78 for the day and a 7-over 149 total.

Osgood, 22, finished second for the second straight year behind Narciso with an even-par 71 on the final round.

After a 27th-place finish last year, Cronise made a strong but surprising showing with his tie for second. Cronise, who had a 4-over 75 at his home course of Mount Pleasant, was 2-over 73 at Forest Park, a course he had not played since last year's Publinx tournament.

"I've been progressing slowly," said Cronise, 18, a sophomore engineering major at the University of Maryland. "I was looking to break 150."

In the first flight, Eric Pomering won a five-hole playoff over Greg Ruark for $130. Ruark, who was one stroke behind the overall lead in the first round, double-bogeyed three holes and bogeyed another three for a 9-over 80 second-round.

Pomering, who finished at 10-over 152, was 1-over 72 in the final round to tie Ruark.

Keith Henderson, 36, ended his three-year second-place streak with a 15-over 157 to win the second flight and $130.

Championship flight: Charles Narciso 74-66140; Larry Cronise 75-73148; Tim Osgood 77-71148; Rick Normile 71-78149; Anthony Solesky 75-77152; Rich Siegman 74-78152; Anthony Solesky 38-3775; Joe Wintsch 78-74152; Dan McCrone 76-77153; Mike Panos 79-74153; Michael Blum 77-77154; Robert Lentz 76-78154; Walt Grabowski 81-74155; Phil Holbrook 78-77155; Jim Wilde 79-76155; Kevin McDonough 78-78156; Keith Janecek 78-78156; Rich Burns 78-79157; Frank Picanso 81-76157; Nicholas Panos 81-78159; Brian Woods 78-79159; Louis Wright 85-74159; Danny McDonnell 82-78160; George Patchell 78-82160; Mark Coburn 77-84161; Rich Hudak 81-80161; Sam Miller 79-82161; Robert Rosenberger, Jr. 80- 81161; Steve Sherk 76-86162; Ed Legg 82-82164; Tony Narciso 87-77164; Glenn Watts 80-84164; David Williams 82-82164; Blair Laubach 86-79165; Martin Lightner 84-81165; Peter Tracy 83-82165; Wilbur Welch 81-84165; Kevin Kobin 85-81166; Pete Tridone, Jr. 89-77166; Michael Bednarcik 86-82168; Phillip Solesky 82-88170; Paul Long 83-DNS; David Green 79-DNS; Craig Peddichord 87NC; Mike Rethman 82-DNS; Bob Phelan 92-NC.

First flight: Eric Pomering 80-72152 (wins 5-hole playoff); Greg Ruark 72-80152; James Shifflett, Jr. 81-72153; Tom Lynn 74-81155; Rusty Troy 77- 79156; Shelvie Holmes 84-77161; Drew Forrester 79-83162; John Rivera 84- 78162; James Minter 83-80163; Chris Messick 80-84164; Bob Bauernschmidt 81- 84165; Donald Stout 83-82165; Roger McCammon 85-81166; Michael Auerbach 86- 81167; Corey Perman 86-82168; Jeffrey Amrhein 87-82169; Bob Moore 82-87169; David Chrzanowski 86-84-170; Bob Edlund 86-84170; Dale Williams 84-86170; Kelly McDonough 88-85173; Carles Bye 89-84173; Jesse Mullins, Jr. 93-98191.

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