Baloga tops match qualifiers

July 25, 1999|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Chris Baloga recorded his lowest competitive round, a 5-under-par 34-3266 at Clifton Park Golf Course, and won the medal in qualifying for the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation's annual match play championship yesterday.

Baloga, 16, a Calvert Hall junior, hit 15 greens, and ended with seven birdies and two bogeys, the latter when he missed two greens. His best effort was a breaking, 25-foot birdie putt at the par-3 15th, and he rolled in a five-foot putt for his last birdie at the 16th.

The round came in the midst of a busy two weeks for the Mount Pleasant player. Last Monday, he was second in the Junior Publinx with a 70, and later played for the winning Mount team in two Baltimore Junior interclub matches, and a Junior Publinx interclub match.

Today, he goes to Pinehurst, N.C., for a week at an advanced junior golf academy, a trip awarded annually to the recipient of the BMGC's Russ Menta Memorial Scholarship.

Robert Stange Jr., Drew Forrester, and Andy Peet each had 68s, and Charlie Narciso and Bob Lentz, last year's losing finalist, had 69s, for the 5,954 yards. Jason Raivel, the defending champion, was an automatic qualifier.

Stange matched Baloga's seven birdies before two late three-putts cost him a share of the medal.

(Pairings, 18E)

Pub Date: 7/25/99

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