Peoples starts shaky, rallies for 1-shot lead at Mid-Amateur GOLF

August 24, 1993|By From Staff Reports

WILLIAMSBURG, VA. — Defending champion Buddy Peoples rallied from a shaky start to shoot 37-3269 and take a one-shot lead after the first round of the seventh annual Mid-Amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association at Baltimore Country Club yesterday.

The field of 130 was cut to the low 50 and ties, and 50 players at 78 or better will play this morning's final round, with tee times between 7:30 and 9:45 a.m.

The top four players were from Crofton Country Club, as Peoples, the only one to break par of 35-35 over the East Course at Five Farms, was followed by Steve Thomas, 33-3770; Chuck Freedman, 35-3671; and Gary Moore, 35-3671.

At the other end, Van Strakes of Hillendale Country Club birdied the 17th hole and parred the 18th for 78 to be the 50th player in the final field. In the process, he lopped off 19 players at 79, including three fellow Hillendale members.

For his round, Peoples, 45, missed only two fairways and hit 16 greens. He started slowly with two three-putts in the first three holes, then went on to capitalize on his crisp iron play with some sharp putting, playing the last 12 holes 4-under-par. All four of his birdie putts were from inside of 15 feet.

Thomas finished with five birdies and five bogeys.

The leaders: Buddy Peoples 37-3269; Steve Thomas 33-3770; Chuck Freedman 35-3671; Gary Moore 35-3671; Terry Mayer 37-3572; Larry Storck 34-3872; Bob Lang 38-3573; Ben Brundred III, 35-3873; Alan Bubes 37-3774; Mike Russell 39-3574; Dan Walko 38-3674; Joe LeFavor 34-4074; Joel Kaye 40-3474; Dave Bannister 38-3674; Jim Castagna 39-3574.

Tim Meinhardt 39-3675; Matt Margolies 37-3875; Marty Naugle 40-3575; Bill Allen 37-3976; John Borchers 38-3876; Clayton Eisinger 38-3876; Bobby Crane 39-3776; Terry White 41-3576; Joe Brown III, 35-4176; Jerry Iorizzo 40-3676; George Marin 37-4077; Lee Moyer 38-3977; Doug Wilson 37-4077; Timothy Carr 37-4077; Gary Lipski 38-3977; Rodolfo Gil 38-3977; Adrian Druzgala 40-3777.

MAPGA championship

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- There was a crowd at the top of the leader board, as four shared the first-round lead with 68s, followed by four at 69, and six at 70, among the 164 players posting scores at the Two Rivers Country Club.

Don Slebodnik, an active member from Columbia, led Baltimore area entries with a 68.

The leaders: Don Slebodnik 68; Chip Sullivan 68; Richard White 68; Skeeter Heath 68; John Frankos 69; Jack Snyder 69; David Quelland 69; Jack Skilling 69; Mike Moyers 70; Forrest Fezler 70; Glen Barrett 70; Marty Johnson 70; Larry Ringer 70; Webb Heintzelman 70; Pete Van Pelt 71; Al Green 71.

Other selected scorers: John McNaney 72; Woody FitzHugh 72; Butch Butler 72; Mike McGinnis 72; Holly Hills 72; Allen Wronowski 73; Mark Spolarich 73; Barry Fuhrman 73; Bill Molloy 73; Roger Simpkins 74; Dick Canney 74; Bob Bowes 74; Jamie Childs 74; Buddy Sass 75; John McCloskey 75; Pat Owen 76; Fran Rhoads 77; Frank Herrelko 77; Mark Helffrich 77; Frank Blind 77.

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