Lentz ahead by 4 strokes at Fall Publinx

He's alone under par after bogey-free 67 round

Golf

September 16, 2001|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Bob Lentz shot 67, the only sub-par round among 147 starters, and took a four-stroke lead halfway through the annual Fall Publinx championship at Mount Pleasant Golf Course yesterday.

Jim Hickey followed with 71, the first par round of his career. Ross Ellberg included four birdies in a scrambling round of 72, trailed by Drew Forrester (73), Chris Baloga (73) and defending champion Charlie Narciso (73).

Lentz, who had opened with an 82 last year, was superb with his bogey-free tour of the 6,400-yard, par-71 course this time. He had three birdies on the front nine, including one from 15 feet, and added one on the back, a 25-footer. Although the greens showed dramatic improvement from recent weeks, many players had trouble with the increased speed.

Hickey started slowly with bogeys at the first two holes, but rallied to close the front nine with three successive birdies. Coming home, he had a birdie and a double bogey, the latter at No. 15. A three-putt double bogey at the ninth sent Narciso to the turn at 3-over par, but he had three birdies on the back nine in dipping to 1-under for the side.

The tournament shifts to Forest Park GC this morning, with the leaders scheduled to go off around 1 p.m.

Championship flight leaders

Bob Lentz 33-34-67; Jim Hickey 35-36-71; Ross Ellberg 37-35-72; Drew Forrester 36-37-73; Chris Baloga 36-37-73; Charlie Narciso 39-34-73; Dennis Hresko 36-38-74; Tim Elliott 39-35-74; Jacen Martinez 36-39-75; Jeff Rhyne 39-37-76; Bill Johnson 40-36-76; Tim Osgood 41-35-76; A.J. Bachmann 36-41-77; Jim Pappas 38-39-77; Grant DuPree 38-39-77; Walt Grabowski 40-38-78; Brendan McKinney 38-40-78; Blair Laubach 38-40-78; Mark Joyner 41-38-79; Kurt Klebrowski 40-39-79; Greg Ruark 39-40-79; Jeffrey Amrhein 39-40-79.

Flight leaders

First-Kevin Carmen 36-38-74; Keith Henderson 39-38-77; David Nelson 39-38-77; Brendon Shea 38-41-79; Kevin McGarvey 40-40-80. Second-Andy Motsko 40-41-81; Anthony Stepney 41-41-82; Carr Kizzier 38-45-83; Dale Williams, Jr., 42-41-83. Third (gross)-Russell Hudson 41-44-85; David Konig 39-46-85; Ron Bane 42-43-85. (Net)-Bobby Biensach 89-18-71; Trip Burch 86-15-71; Thomas Scally 86-15-71.

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