DeLuca stays front-runner at Md. Amateur Stroke Play

In matching leader's 72, Colnitis one behind in 2nd

July 04, 1999|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Bart DeLuca shot 1-over-par 72 yesterday and retained the one-shot lead through 36 holes in the 32nd annual Maryland Amateur Stroke Play championship at Mount Pleasant Golf Course.

Steve Colnitis, 16, from Hillendale CC, also shot a 72, settling into second place at 142 behind the 18-year-old Rolling Road Golf Club player.

After a first-day 69 lifted him to a first-day tie atop the leader board, Kevin Moylan, from Springfield, Va., slipped back with a 74, tying him at 143 with perennial contenders Adrian Druzgala and Kirk Lombardi. Druzgala had a share of the day's low round, 70. Lombardi added a 72.

Wes Lovell, from Hunt Valley GC, who set a tournament record of 211 in winning a year ago, had an erratic tour in carving out a 70 for 144.

He was joined there by Bel Air's Jim Winner, a co-runner-up two years ago, as he produced a second straight 72.

The top seven scorers played in the morning, and among the afternoon half of the 150-man field, four were at 146, including Towson University senior and golf captain Tom Eisenacher, who had one of the two low afternoon rounds, a 72.

Ben Phelps, another St. Paul's student golfer, had the other 72, and is at 148. With the field cut in half for today's final round, 78 players at 156 and better survived.

"It was a solid round, but I didn't hit anything close," DeLuca said of a round where he hit 15 greens, had one birdie (13th) and two bogeys (ninth and 15th).

Colnitis, bidding to become the tournament's youngest champion, birdied the first three holes in an out-going 33, then stumbled coming back. He had two bogeys and a double bogey, the latter at the par-3 17th where he needed three to reach the green and two-putted.

Starting on No. 10, Lovell was 3-over par after six holes and turned in 2-over 37. He then made five birdies on the front in returning 33.

The leaders: Bart DeLuca 69-72--141; Steve Colnitis 70-72--142; Adrian Druzgala 73-70-- 143; Kirk Lombardi 71-72--143; Kevin Moylan 69-74--143; Wes Lovell 74-70--144; Jim Winner 72-72--144; Derek Ausherman 74-71--145; Rick Cage 76-70--146; Bob Lentz 75-71--146; Mike Faraone 73-73--146; Tom Eisenacher 74-72--146; Kenny Doerrer 72-74--146; Greg Ruark 76-71--147; Jim Castagna 77-71--148; Ben Phelps 76-72--148; Steve Castro 73-75--148; Tim Walko 75-73--148. Gary Mankulish Jr., 77-72--149; Tim Osgood 78-71--149; Larry Storck 74-75-- 149; Vertti Iso-Ahola 76-73--149; Joe Records 75-74--149; Donald Meyer 77-73-- 150; Joe Wood 73-77--150; Jim Pelisek 75-75--150; Mike Hudak 76-74--150; Joe LeFavor 75-75--150; Sheldon Kalish 72-78--150; Ken Trail 78-73--151; Bill Foster 77-74--151; Ron Cruse 80-71--151; Scott Gilgallon 77-74--151; Jim Biggar 76-75-- 151; Mike Panos 76-75--151; Jason Raivel 76-75--151; Drew Forrester 76-75--151.

Pub Date: 7/04/99

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