At midpoint, Storck leads City Amateur 72 gives defending champ 1-shot edge over two

August 02, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Larry Storck, the defending champion, carded a 1-over-par 36-3672 and took a one-stroke lead halfway through the annual Baltimore City Amateur championship at the Elkridge Club yesterday.

Jaime Geilenkirchen and Joe Records were at 73, trailed by David Nocar, 74, and Rick Sovero, 75.

For the most part, however, the 6,392-yard Charles Street course was an easy winner over a select field of 47 of the area's better players, including club champions and qualifiers for events at the state and national levels.

With the field cut to the low 30 and ties for today's final round, 33 at 83 and better advanced.

Storck, from the Country Club of Maryland, did a solid job of course management, as he ran off 17 pars and one bogey.

"Keeping the ball in play, and below the pins, is crucial on this course," he said. He bogeyed the par-3 13th when he missed the green, then failed to hole a 6-foot putt for par.

Records, from Hillendale CC, also had a strong round going. He was even par through the 15th, then bogeyed the next two holes for 37-36. Geilenkirchen, from Hunt Valley GC, double-bogeyed the ninth, then included two birdies on the back nine, ending with 39-34.

Nocar, from Chartwell CC, nearly matched that with a double-bogey at the seventh and three back-nine birdies as part of his 40-34. (Results, 14E)

Pub Date: 8/02/98

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