Brundred uses 72 to capture Mid-Amateur

Winner, Dilli, Storck finish two strokes back

August 18, 1999|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ROCKVILLE -- Ben Brundred III, of Congressional Country Club, made the steadiest round among the leaders stand up for a two-shot victory in the 13th Mid-Amateur Championship at Norbeck Country Club. The Potomac resident finished with par-72 for a 36-hole total of 140.

Jim Winner, from Maryland Golf, and Tim Dilli, from Baltimore Country Club, who had started the day tied for second two strokes back of Brundred, each closed with 72 for 142. Larry Storck, of Hayfields Country Club, the defending champion, reeled off a second successive 71 for a share of the runner-up position.

For the most part, it was a three-way struggle through the back nine, with Storck challenging briefly on two early birdies. At the turn, Brundred, Winner and Dilli were tied at 4-under par. A two-putt birdie at the par-5 17th eventually sent Brundred ahead to stay.

"I hadn't played any tournament golf since May, and I had to play in something," said Brundred, 46, who had played in only two or three of these previously, with one top l0 finish. In the past, however, he qualified for three U.S. Amateurs, three U.S. Mid-Amateurs, and won six Congressional club championships.

As well as the three had played for 14 holes (a combined 6-under par), they played the final three holes poorly, as the threesome spent more than an hour soaring seven over par. Only Brundred was able to hold his game together.

Scott Hargest of Baltimore CC, had the day's low round, a 69.Steve Thomas, from Crofton CC, had 75-70145. (Scores, 4D)

Pub Date: 8/18/99

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