4 share Maryland Open lead

July 12, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

BETHESDA -- Congressional Country Club won the opening round of the 73rd Maryland Open yesterday, yielding four subpar rounds to the 151 starters, all at 71.

Sharing the honor were amateurs Larry Storck of the CC of Maryland and Randy Morris of Congressional, and pros Ricky Touma of Norbeck and Evan Hileman of The Beach Club.

Hileman was the only one of the four not to bogey the 18th hole, the course's normal No. 17, a 445-yard downhill par-4 to a green bordering a lake. To complete the back nine, No. 18, a par-3, is played as No. 10.

Morris was the most consistent of the leaders with three birdies and two bogeys. Touma, low amateur in this event in 1988, had five birdies, four bogeys, and Storck four birdies, three bogeys.

The day's most unusual round among the contenders was posted by amateur Shane Patterson, a former Maryland State Amateur champion from Norbeck.

His 38-3472 included one double-bogey on the front nine, and another on the back, which he offset with four back-nine birdies. The four were the most for either nine.

For the round, he missed only two fairways and two greens.

Others at the par-matching number for the 7,061-yard Montgomery County course were pros -- Steve Papanek, an assistant pro at Kenwood; Webb Heintzelman, a three-time runner-up in this championship from Glenn Dale; Wayne DeFrancesco of Woodholme; and 1991 runner-up Dennis Winters.

Larry Ringer of CC Woodmore, bidding to win this event in three different decades, had a 73, the best effort among the three past winners in the field. The others were amateur Del Ponchock (1992), CC Woodmore, 74, and defender Glen Barrett, Glenn Dale pro, 77.

Ringer, who won in 1972 (the last time it was held here) and 1980, ran off 14 successive pars from No. 3 through No. 16, then wound up with a birdie at the last hole. There, he holed a 30-foot putt for his 3.

Three-time Baltimore Public Links champion Charlie Narciso was in a group at 74; Joe Franz, Elkridge Club, Don Slebodnik Night Hawk Golf Center, and John McNaney, Country Road, were at 75, and Bob Kaestner, a former Baltimore City Amateur champion, was at 76.

Joining Ringer at 73 were fellow pros Phil Henry (Elkridge), Jack Skilling (Columbia) and Bob Dolan (Lakewood) and amateurs Phil Fairbanks (Hobbit's Glen), Justin Klein (Baltimore CC) and Pat Tallent (Congressional).

The cut fell at 79, and 84 players at that number and better will continue play this morning.

Ricky Touma .......... 35-3671

a-Larry Storck ....... 35-3671

a-Randy Morris ....... 35-3671

Evan Hileman ......... 37-3471

Steve Papanek ........ 37-3572

a-Shane Patterson .... 38-3472

Webb Heintzelman ..... 36-3672

Wayne DeFrancesco .... 36-3672

Dennis Winters ....... 37-3572

a-Phil Fairbanks ..... 38-3573

Phil Henry ........... 35-3873

a-Justin Klein ....... 38-3573

Larry Ringer ......... 37-3673

Jack Skilling ........ 37-3673

Bob Dolan ............ 37-3673

Pat Tallent .......... 38-3573

a-Bob Bilbo Jr. ...... 35-3974

a-Bill Murphy ........ 36-3874

a-Richard Holland .... 37-3774

Tim Holbrook ......... 38-3674

a-Matt Fitzgerald .... 39-3574

a-Charles Narciso .... 36-3874

a-Del Ponchock ....... 38-3674

Steve Bosdosh ........ 38-3775

a-Robert Rehman ...... 34-4175

Dave Quelland ........ 38-3775

Joe Franz ............ 38-3775

John McNaney ......... 37-3875

Joe Wood ............. 38-3775

Don Slebodnik ........ 38-3775

Mike Ahrnsbrak ....... 39-3675

Scott Seymour ........ 39-3475

a-Steve Sutton ....... 37-3976

a-Mike Boteler ....... 39-3776

a-James Bennett ...... 36-4076

Roger Simpkins ....... 39-3776

John Stone ........... 39-3776

a-Bob Kaestner ....... 39-3776

a-Robert Dailey ...... 38-3876

a-John Madden ........ 38-3876

David Dorn ........... 36-4076

a-denotes amateur

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