D'Alberto, Grimagna lead Amateur by 1 Pataki second at 71

five at 72 in Mid Atlantic event

October 03, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Tom Grimagna and Henry D'Alberto, playing in the same foursome, encountered trouble down the stretch, but finished with the same score, 1-under-par 70, and wound up sharing the first-round lead in the annual Middle Atlantic Amateur championship at Caves Valley Golf Club yesterday.

Andy Pataki, of Baltimore and Rolling Road Golf Club, had five birdies and five bogeys in shooting 71, followed by five players at 72, including Kirk Lombardi, from Gaithersburg. Among the four 73's were Joe LeFavor, Crownsville; Marty West III, Rockville; and Jerry Courville, Milford, Conn., winner of the 1995 U.S. Mid-Amateur championship on this same course.

It turned out to be a dawn-to-dark program, as a 90-minute frost delay set back the starting times, and slick greens and high scores stretched out the rounds to where it took six hours for the last few groups. Two groups were halted by darkness and they will complete their rounds this morning. Regular play is scheduled to begin at 7: 30 a.m.

Grimagna, a 1992 Loyola College graduate, and now a financial planner who works in the New Jersey office of the Timonium-based Warner Co., had the lead to himself at 3-under-par with birdies at the third, eighth and 14th holes, but missed greens at Nos. 17-18 led to bogeys, and he finished 34-3670.

In one previous tournament appearance, he had finished fifth at Hunt Valley GC five years ago.

The greens didn't seem to bother D'Alberto, from Easton, Pa., and in the event for the first time. He recovered from a three-putt double-bogey at the first hole to put up five birdies. He missed the green at the last hole, made bogey, and settled for 37-3370. Three of his birdie putts were in the 20-25-foot range.

A Lehigh University graduate, he already has had a solid season. He won the Lehigh Valley Amateur last week, and earlier had played in the U.S. Amateur, finished top-five in the Pennsylvania Amateur and Open and played for his state in the national team tournament.

Of the 72's, Baltimorean Brandon Luckett birdied the 18th, and Lombardi (bogey at the 18th), Bruce Stephen, Allison Park, Pa. (2-3-4 finish against par 4-4-4), and Kevin Spittle, Stanley, N.C., each shot 1-under 34's on the back nine.

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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