Barber extends Amateur lead He leads Middle Atlantic by four strokes after 73

October 04, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

BETHESDA -- Second-round leader Allen Barber grabbed a share of the day's low round, a 1-over-par 73, and opened a four-stroke lead on the field in the annual Middle Atlantic Amateur championship at Congressional Country Club yesterday.

Barber, from Yorktown, Va., finished 54 holes at 221, trailed by Congressional CC member Trevor Randolph, from Houston, 75225; Clark Topping, from Columbia, and a summertime qualifier for two USGA championships, 74229; Tim Landres, Rockville, 80229; and Paul Kane, Charlottesville, Va., 74230.

Barber shot 1-under par on the front nine with two birdies, one bogey, then slipped back with a bogey at the 11th and a double-bogey from in front of the 14th green (chipped four feet past and three-putted). He battled back, finishing with a birdie and three solid pars.

Randolph, 25, who began two behind Barber, was 2-under par for 12 holes, then fell off the pace with a par and five bogeys.

Landres, who started one shot back of Barber, was 3-over par after five holes and finished with an 80.

Joe Records, of Timonium, continued his assault on the 7,245-yard U.S. Open layout, putting up a 73 that was later matched by Barber. After an 88 Friday, Records has come back to shoot 70-73 and will start the final round tied for fifth with former winner Richard Holland.

The field was cut to the low 40 and ties for the last round, and 41 will play this morning.

(Results, 14E)

Pub Date: 10/04/98

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