FitzHugh leads Open by 4 shots 1st-round leader Madsen slides back with a 75

July 10, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Woody FitzHugh, one of the best Middle Atlantic PGA players during the 1980's, flashed some of his old form for the second straight day, as he built a four-stroke lead with rounds of 69-70139 in the 75th annual Maryland Open at Old South Country Club in Lothian yesterday.

None of the first eight players in Monday's opening round, was able to improve, a factor which resulted in a seven-stroke gap. First-round leader Steve Madsen from Lakewood Country Club, slipped back with a 75 to stand at 143, followed by Craig Gunn, Danville, Va., 71-73144; low amateur Pat Tallent, Congressional CC, 72-73145; and 1993 champion Glen Barrett, Glenn Dale GC, 72-73145.

The leaders had to share the spotlight, however, as two more holes-in-one made it a record three for the tournament. Bob Sherwood of Columbia CC hit his driver at the 225-yard 14th hole, and Gary Mankulish Jr., Crofton CC, hit a 6-iron shot at the 196-yard eighth hole. Mankulish advanced with 71-78, but Sherwood missed after posting 78-79. Chris Connolly, Chevy Chase, had aced the 14th Monday, and stayed in contention with 73-74.

For the second straight day, the tournament was delayed by weather, as a late afternoon rainstorm forced a one-hour suspension of play. Five groups returned to complete their rounds. Monday's round had been interrupted by lightning.

With the low 40 and ties advancing to today's final round, the cut came at 152 and 40 players made it.

FitzHugh, who runs Woody's Range in Herndon, Va., has curtailed his tournament play in recent years, and figured the last time he led a tournament was in 1988. From 1981-87, however, he won two MAPGA section championships and was named player of the year four times.

"I don't know where this play came from," he said of the two rounds that put him 5-under par. "I have played steady for two days and I'll try to do it again tomorrow [today], but I have no idea what will happen. I'll think about winning if I'm in this position after the last 18 holes."

FitzHugh, who has played in this event "maybe three-four times," without much success, had three short putts for birdies, and one bogey in his round.

The leader's 70 was one of only three sub-par rounds among the 88 second-round qualifiers, as tougher pin positions helped send scores higher than the first day. Robert Leeman, head professional at Bonnie View CC, shot 71 for 147; and Jim Fitzgerald, head professional at the Chevy Chase Club, had 71149.

Tallent finished birdie-birdie-birdie for his 73. Wayne DeFrancesco, Woodholme CC, and Dennis Winters, University of Maryland GC, 1-2 each of the last two years, are back in the pack. DeFrancesco had 71-76 and Winters, 78-73.

Final-round qualifiers: Woody FitzHugh 69-70139; Steve Madsen 68-75143; Craig Gunn 71-73144; a-Pat Tallent 72-73145; Glen Barrett 72-73145; Mark Evenson 72-74146; Michael Kavka 72-74146; a-Mike Cox 70-76146; Robert Leeman 76-71147; a-Chris Connolly 73-74147; Bob Dolan 72-75147; Wayne DeFrancesco 71-76147; Michael Elias 75-73148; Jack Skilling 75-73148; Buddy Sass 73-75148; a-Alan Zimmerman 74-75149; Jim Fitzgerald 78-71149; Glen Miller 73-76149; Bryan Koslosky 71-78149; a-Gary Mankulish Jr. 71-78149.

Gary Metzger 70-80150; a-Brian Hanczaryk 76-74150; a-Chris Carpenter 74-76150; Ricky Touma 74-76150; a-Kirk Lombardi 74-76150; John Stone 74-76150; Sheldon Kalish 74-76150; Bill Gombert 74-76150; a-Tim Dilli 73-77150; Andrew Alcarese 69-81150; Dennis Winters 78-73151; David Newsom 77-74151; Don Slebodnik 76-75151; Evan Belcher 75-76151; a-James McCarron 74-77151; James Kardash 74-77151; Rob Ferguson 74-77151; Michael Versuk 76-76152; a-Miguel Rivera 75-77152; a-George Mavrikes 73-79152.

a-denotes amateur

Pub Date: 7/10/96

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