DeFrancesco wins with 66

Two-round total of 135 captures Assistants title

July 28, 1999|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Wayne DeFrancesco recorded a course-record, 6-under-par 66 yesterday to finish with a 36-hole total of 135 and win the annual Assistants championship of the Middle Atlantic PGA by four strokes at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links.

For DeFrancesco, teaching professional at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville, it was his first section Assistants crown, although he is a previous winner of the Northern Chapter title.

Danny Lee of the Oakwood Golf Center (70-69), Jack Skilling of Four Streams CC (71-68), first-round leader Mark Evenson of the Suburban Club (67-72) and Pete Regala Jr. of the Glen Burnie Golf Center (68-71) tied for second at 139.

Fran Rhoads of TPC-Avenel claimed a share of the course record as he also closed with a 66 to finish at 75-66--141 in the 100-man field. Defending champion Rick Schuller of River Creek Club in Leesburg, Va., tied for eighth at 71-72--143.

U.S. Juniors

Chad Perman of Hunt Valley shot 74 and West Streib, an Atlanta resident with Baltimore relatives, had a 77 during the first round of on-site qualifying at the Country Club of York (Pa.).

J.C. Deacon, one of three Canadians among the top five, led the way with a 5-under-par 65 over the 6,445 yards.

Sonny Nunkhum of Cerritos, Calif., followed with 32-34--66, where he was tied by Jason Hartwick of Sacramento, Calif., 33-33--66. Five were at 67 in the 156-player field.

Following today's second qualifying round, the pack will be cut to the low 64 for match play. Two rounds tomorrow and two Friday will set the stage for Saturday's semifinals and final.

Flattery Juniors

Steve Colnitis of Phoenix, a Hillendale CC member, shot 72 to earn the medal in qualifying for the boys 15-17 division in the annual tournament at Hunt Valley Golf Club.

Colnitis, 16, a St. Paul's junior, tied for second in the recent Maryland Amateur Stroke Play event at Mount Pleasant GC.

Jon-David Byers, also 16, a junior at Westminster High School, where he was on the golf team and also an All-County basketball player, and John Patinella trailed with 74s.

(Results, 9C)

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