Shingler heeds boss, enters Amateur, leads First-time entrant holds 3-shot edge after 36 holes

October 04, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Scott Shingler, competing in the Middle Atlantic Amateur championship for the first time, has some added incentive for playing well in the 72-hole event under way at Caves Valley Golf Club.

Shingler, 25, runs the outside operations at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Manassas, Va., and the club's new head golf professional, Cary Sciorra, was the one who suggested Shingler enter the championship. The pro broached the subject despite the fact there is a member-guest tournament at the club this weekend.

A Montclair, Va., resident, he showed his appreciation by ringing seven birdies in fashioning a 3-under-par 68, and taking over the second-round lead of the 96th event with a 36-hole total of 141 yesterday.

Until Shingler checked in late in the day, Pat Tallent, of Vienna, Va., had used a share of what was the low round at the time, 69, to vault into the early lead at 143.

Two other late finishers, first-round co-leaders Tom Gramigna, Collingswood, N.J., and Henry D'Alberto, Easton, Pa., shot 74s and were another notch back at 144.

Mitch Wyatt, from Salisbury, who has had several top 10 finishes in this championship in the past, although not within the past six years or so, had one of his best rounds, a 70, and climbed into the hunt at 145. He was joined by Jerry Courville (73-72), Milford, Conn., one of the stars of the U.S. triumph in the recent Walker Cup matches.

With the field cut to the low 60 and ties for today's third round, 66 players at 158 and better will continue. Another cut tonight will reduce the group to 40 and ties for tomorrow's final round.

Shingler, reigning Northern Virginia Amateur champion, drove the ball well, and used superb iron play over the 6,629-yard, par-71 layout, as he hit 16 greens, and all of his birdie putts were from inside 10 feet.

He gave back shots with a double bogey at the par-5 seventh, when his approach shot spun back from the green into the fairway, from where he pitched on and three-putted; and bogeys at the ninth (three putts) and 11th (missed green).

Tallent hit 15 greens and took 31 putts in a round that included four birdies, two bogeys.

Somsak Chivavibul, from Rockville, came back from a first-day 79 that included four three-putts the first time he saw the course, to a 69 that featured no three-putts.

(Scores, 8C)

Pub Date: 10/04/97

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