Shingler stumbles, regains Amateur lead Late birdies help build 3-stroke edge over Tallent

October 05, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

A four-shot swing in the last four holes propelled Scott Shingler into a three-stroke lead and left Pat Tallent as his closest pursuer for a second straight day after three rounds of the 96th Middle Atlantic Amateur championship at Caves Valley Golf Club.

Shingler, from Montclair, Va., recorded a 72 for a 54-hole total of 213, against Tallent's 73-216. Shingler, one behind Tallent through 14 holes, birdied the 15th and 18th holes, while his challenger, from Vienna, Va., playing in the same threesome, bogeyed the 16th and 18th.

Aside from these two, Vince Zachetti, from Greensburg, Pa., provided the most positive excitement on a bright, warm day.

The 1992 champion shot 1-under-par 70 for the only sub-par round among the 66 players, and now has only Shingler and Tallent ahead of him. He is at 218, along with Henry D'Alberto of Easton, Pa., who bogeyed the last two holes for 74.

Among those dropping back were Jerry Courville, Milford, Conn., who won the 1995 U.S. Mid-Am on this course, with a front-nine 40 and 76; Tom Gramigna, the Loyola College graduate who started the day tied with D'Alberto three strokes back, and posted 78, and Mitch Wyatt, from Salisbury, who shot 41 on the back nine for 78.

The cut for the low 40 and ties was 231, and 41 players advanced.

At the par-3 15th, Shingler struck a five-iron shot to four feet and made it to tie for the lead. Moments later, Tallent put a bad swing on his drive, leading to a bogey.

At the 396-yard 18th, Shingler holed a 20-foot birdie putt -- "I was waiting for it to do something [break], and it ran right in," -- then watched as Tallent, after spinning an eight-iron shot off the green and chipping poorly, two-putted for bogey.

Both players started strongly, then let strokes get away.

Shingler was 1-under through four, then struggled through the middle holes with four bogeys to fall out of the lead. Tallent, 1-under after three, also began to struggle at the fifth, and bogeyed two of the next three holes.

Tallent was even (four birdies, four bogeys) through the 14th. The yo-yo effort included a couple of "terrible" swings (by his own admission) that got him in trouble, and two putts in the 18-20-foot range on other holes that helped save him.

(Scores, Page 16D)

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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