Moylan ties DeLuca for Stroke lead

Only three are under par after 1 round at Mt. Pleasant

July 03, 1999|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Kevin Moylan, the last man off the course, posted a 2-under-par 69 and tied Bart DeLuca for the first-round lead in the 32nd annual Maryland Amateur Stroke Play championship yesterday at Mount Pleasant Golf Course.

Earlier, it had looked like a youth movement at the top, as DeLuca, 18, who just finished a Dean's List freshman year at Wake Forest, was followed by Steve Colnitis, 16, and a St. Paul's junior. They had been the only ones in a 150-player field to break par of 36-35 before Moylan joined them.

While this was the first appearance for Colnitis and the second for DeLuca, Moylan, 41, has been around this event for nearly 25 years, with a best finish of second after losing a playoff to Joe Walter in 1976.

DeLuca (34-35) started at No. 10, kept his round together with par-saving putts from 20 feet and 10 feet twice at Nos. 14-15-16, and went on to finish with four birdies and two bogeys.

Moylan (36-33), a major in the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort McNair in Washington, hit the ball very well, reaching 15 greens in regulation, and made five birdies.

One-over par through 12 holes, he holed a 35-foot chip shot from behind the 13th green for birdie, then kept it going with a 6-foot birdie putt at the 14th, and struck a 6-iron shot to 4 feet at the 17th to get to 2-under.

Colnitis, runner-up in last week's Maryland State Junior championship, also started at No. 10, and gained confidence when he followed a bogey with a 25-foot birdie putt at 15, the first of two times he was able to do this.

There was another 25-footer for birdie at the seventh, and he capped the round by getting up and down from a green-side bunker, holing a 15-foot putt in the process.

For the most part, scores were higher than in recent years, as Kirk Lombardi was the only one to match par.

Kenny Doerrer, 19, turned in a 72 and is another of the younger players having a solid summer.

He recently won the medal in the Maryland State Amateur, and reached the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Brad Hastings.

Leaders: Bart DeLuca 34-3569; Kevin Moylan 36-3369; Steve Colnitis 34-3670; Kirk Lombardi 37-3471; Sheldon Kalish 37-3572; Kenny Doerrer 36-3672; Jim Winner 37-3572; Steve Castro 36-3773; Mike Faraone 37-3673; Bob Przybylski 37-3673; Joe Wood 35-3873; Adrian Druzgala 38-3573.

Larry Storck 35-3974; Tom Eisenacher 36-3874; Art Nilsen 38-3674; Wes Lovell 39-3574; Bill Calhoun 36-3874; Wayne Wright 37-3774; Derek Ausherman 37-3774; Bob Lentz 37-3875; Charles Narciso 36-3975; Joe LeFavor 37-3875; Joe Records 40-3575; Scott Small 37-3875; Bob Spicer 38-3775; Chris Cantone 38-3775; Tim Walko 38-3775; Jaime Geilenkirchen 38-3775; Nick Angelo 40-3575; Jim Pelisek 36-3975.

Pub Date: 7/03/99

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