BETHESDA -- Ben Brundred III, the reigning club champion at the host Congressional Country Club, bogeyed the last two holes, but his 37-3774 was still good for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the annual Middle Atlantic Amateur championship yesterday. Bill Palko, from the Naval Academy GC, followed at 36-3975 for the 7,219-yard, par-72 course.
The early starters in the 128-player field had much the better of the mild, sunny day because a strong wind, which kicked up late in the morning and blew the rest of the day, sent scores soaring. At the finish, there were 67 who posted numbers higher than 80. As one player said, "It's the first time I've been tied for third after shooting 76."