Winters takes 1-stroke lead in Maryland Open Rosenberg, Ringer among 5 tied for second place at 145

July 15, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

The first-round pacesetter crashed as the top four first-round leaders came back to the field, the second-round leader shot 1-over-par 73 and two amateurs posted 70s to jump into championship contention on the second day of the 77th annual Maryland Open at breezy Crofton Country Club yesterday.

Dennis Winters, a three-time runner-up, added a 73 to an opening 71 and wound up clinging to a one-stroke lead with a 36-hole total of 144.

At 145 were Jeff Rosenberg, from Woodmont CC, who improved by nine strokes in shooting the day's low round, 68; two-time champions Larry Ringer, 74-71, and Wayne DeFrancesco, 73-72; and amateurs Dan Riskam and Pete Hiskey, each with 75-70.

All that went right for Adrian Druzgala in firing a 67 Monday, went wrong during the second round, and a resulting 81 left him in a five-way tie at 148.

Final-round attention today will focus on DeFrancesco and Winters, who have waged strong closing-round battles in two of the past four years, and Ringer, at 53 the oldest player in the field and bidding to be the first in tournament history to win titles in three decades.

Winters, an assistant professional at Columbia CC, struck the ball well but had putting woes. He rolled in a 10-footer at the 490-yard second hole for his only birdie, and his two bogeys were three-putts.

DeFrancesco, teaching professional at Woodholme CC, whose competitive career reflects an ability to perform the way he preaches, had two birdies and two bogeys in a round that went much smoother than Monday's tour of the 6,797-yard Anne Arundel County plant.

"I got max out of the first round, as I have been putting well, and this time I hit the driver solidly, too," he said. "This is a hard golf course, and you really do have to play it one shot, one hole, at a time."

Despite a chronically sore hip, Ringer, who qualified via a playoff and played in the recent State Farm Classic, and won a playoff to be a first alternate for next week's U.S. Senior Open, stoked his personal competitive fires with four back-nine birdies. This barrage reversed what had been a round headed for oblivion.

Dennis Winters 71-73144; Jeff Rosenberg 77-68145; a-Dan Riskam 75-70145; a-Pete Hiskey 75-70145; Larry Ringer 74-71145; Wayne DeFrancesco 73-72145; a-Steve Thomas 74-72146; a-Tim Dilli 74-72146; Mark Evenson 73-73146; a-Paul Vanzutphen 74-73147; Charlie Briggs 75-73148; Mark Spolarich 73-75148; a-Chris Connolly 72-76148; a-Kirk Lombardi 71-77148; a-Adrian Druzgala 67-81148; a-Miguel Rivera 76-73149; a-Keith Unikel 75-74149; Dirk Schultz 75-74149; Steve Bosdosh 73-76149; David Hutsell 77-73150; a-Dave Rasley 76-74150; Mike Kavka 74-76150.

Jack Skilling 78-73151; John Ruddo 77-74151; a-Bill Palko 77-74151; Jim Morris 76-75151; a-Chris Sheaffer 75-76151; a-Tim Landres 75-76151; a-Bill Read 74-77151; Mike Davis 73-78151; a-Evan Hileman 77-75152; a-Douglas Conkey 77-75152; a-Vance Welch 76-76152; Glen Miller 76-76152; a-Ron Thomas 75-77152; Tom Lewandowski 75-77152; Mike Kenny 75-77152; Ricky Touma a-Rick Riddle 77-76153; Bernie Najar 77-76153; David Dorn 77-76153; Eric Cobb 77-76153; John McNaney 76-77153; a-Dan Hoffman 76-77153; a-Derek Ausherman 76-77153.

a-denotes amateur

Pub Date: 7/15/98

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