2-time champion Narciso shoots 71 for 2-shot lead in Publinx

June 19, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Two-time champion Charlie Narciso had yo-yo nines of 32-39, but his par-matching 71 was good for a two-stroke lead halfway through the annual Baltimore Publinx golf tournament at Forest Park Golf Course yesterday.

Serge Hogg, 36-3773, and Keith Janecek, 38-3674, were the only others in the championship flight of the four-flight, 120-man tournament to better 75.

First flight leaders Trip Burch, 36-3773; and Donald Stout, 36-3874, were the only others under 75.

Narciso had four birdies on his first nine, putting six 3s on his card, and there were visions of shooting in the 60s.

Taking a cue from U.S. Open players who have been offsetting eagles with double-bogeys, those visions disappeared at the 11th hole, as his tee shot hit a cart path and bounded out of bounds.

From that double bogey, he recovered with a par, then bogeyed three holes in a row, including one with a three-putt. He settled down to get a chip shot to within a foot of the 280-yard 17th for a birdie and parred the last hole.

"In making those three bogeys, I could feel the wheels coming off," the leader said. "I started chasing, but I was able to get through the round.

"In the past, whenever I made a bogey, I'd try to get it back right away, but playing those two rounds in the Kemper [he was the only amateur in the PGA Tour event two weeks ago at TPC-Avenel] helped me see how patient the pros are and how they do it. Now, I've been working on trying to come back from a bad hole, but not worrying about it," Narciso, 25, said.

Hogg, 19, a Towson State sophomore, is making his second appearance in the event.

He recovered from hitting his opening tee shot out of bounds to put up three birdies -- putts of 12 feet and 4 feet and a chip-in -- in holding his round together.

Janecek, a regular in this tournament with a best finish of runner-up to Narciso two years ago, was 1-under par for his first six holes, but closed the nine with three bogeys.

"I didn't hit the driver until No. 10, but there I snapped it left and wound up making six [double bogey]," he said. He played the last eight holes 1-under, birdieing the 16th from three feet after a wedge shot.

This morning, the scene shifts to Mt. Pleasant Golf Course for the second round, and Narciso knows the attention (and resulting pressure) will be on him.

"Winning this the last two years and playing in the Kemper [he had an opening-round 75, then shot 83], the hardest part is playing well when people expect it. I try to block it out here, because there are 10 or 12 players good enough to win it." There are nine players in the championship flight within six shots of the


The leaders:

Championship: Charlie Narciso 32-3971; Serge Hogg 36-3773; Keith Janecek 38-3674; Mike Zgorski 36-3975; Louis Wright Jr. 37-3875; Tim Osgood 38-3876; Greg Ruark 37-4077; James Minter 40-3777; Dave Zorn 39-3877; Larry Cronise 40-3777. First flight: Trip Burch 36-3773; Donald Stout 36-3874; Shawn Clark 37-3976; Norman Schultz 41-3778; Alan Rigney 41-3879; Jim Gulley 38-4179; Michael Wall 41-3980; David Selby 42-3880; Paul Dittmar 37-4481; Jeff Amrhein 41-4081.

Second flight: Dan Shannon 42-3678; Owen Dawson 36-4379; Henry Butz 39-4180; Bill Trieschman 43-3780; Jim Hickey 40-4080; Patrick Cohill 41-4182; Andy Gorelick 40-4282; Peter Rubin 42-4183; Brendan Voss 44-4084. Third flight: Alex Levin 40-4282; Mike Rabb 47-4087; Daniel Duffy 444387; James Neukum 47-4087; Chester Noreika 44-4488; Jeffrey Gasior 47-4188; Bill Schuh 47-4390; Mark Katurakes 46-4490; Jim Greenwood 44-4791.

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