Hoffman brothers share lead in 2-man with Atwell, Lipski

Two teams each shoot 67

4 others within 2 shots

May 16, 1999|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Two teams who have enjoyed recent golfing success bolted to the front of the annual Baltimore two-man team championship with opening-round 67s yesterday at Mount Pleasant Golf Course.

Brothers Joe and Dan Hoffman, the runner-up entry in the Maryland State two-man team chase two weeks ago, shot 34-3367 in reaching 4-under par over the 6,700-yard, par-71 layout.

Later, they were joined by Bob Atwell and Ed Lipski, who also finished with 34-33. The latter side actually held the lead going to No. 9 (they had started on 10), but a missed green led to the round's second bogey.

Atwell-Lipski had gone 3-0 without yielding a point in helping Hillendale CC reach the championship of the Maryland State team matches last month.

The Hoffmans, from CC at Woodmore, combined for six birdies and two bogeys. Dan took charge at holes 1, 6 and 10 on putts inside five feet, and Joe chipped in at the 12th, dropped a 15-footer at the 13th and a six-footer at 16. The bogeys were at Nos. 11 and 14.

Atwell and Lipski, starting at No. 10, also split their six birdies 3-3. Atwell handled the 10th, first and sixth, and Lipski the 16th, 18th and fourth, all on putts up to 15 feet.

Jason and Rick Cage were a shot back of the leaders in the 64-team field with 34-34, getting back to that number with a birdie at the 17th after their lone bogey at the 15th.

Larry Storck and Joe Records, the defending champions and winners of this title five of the past six years, had one birdie apiece (34-35) to be one of three teams at 69. The others were Steve Sieber and Walt Grabowski (34-35) and Dave Rasley and Bill Stout (36-33). (Results, 18E)

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