Ringer's 70 leads 3 by 3 in Maryland Senior Open

18 players within 5 shots for today's final round


October 02, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LOTHIAN - Larry Ringer, the defending champion, shot a 2-under-par 70 yesterday at Old South Country Club to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the second annual Maryland Senior Open. The 62-man field will play the final round today.

In a tightly bunched group, John McNaney, Dick Roulette and Joe Wood were at 73, followed by eight players at 74 and seven at 75.

Ringer's round included five birdies and three bogeys over the 6,180-yard course in southern Anne Arundel County.

After an even-par front nine, the 56-year-old teaching pro at Country Road Driving Range in Frederick birdied Nos. 10, 11 and 12, with a 30-foot putt sandwiched between two short ones.

He gave a shot back at the 480-yard 18th when he missed the green with his third shot and failed to make an eight-foot putt for par.

In the inaugural event a year ago, Ringer dropped a 10-foot putt on the first playoff hole to defeat McNaney at Wakefield Valley Golf Club.

Yesterday, the 52-year-old McNaney, from Catonsville, had five bogeys and two birdies. He jumped into contention with an eagle-3 at the 18th, hitting a 3-wood second shot to 15 feet.

Last month, in another sudden-death playoff, Ringer (10 birdies over 22 holes) edged McNaney on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff for the Middle Atlantic PGA Seniors championship at Williamsburg (Va.) National.

The leaders: Larry Ringer 36-34-70; John McNaney 38-35-73; a-Dick Roulette 37-36-73; a-Joe Wood 39-34-73; Bill Horney 37-37-74; a-Bill Murphy 38-36-74; a-Daniel Beyette 35-39-74; Lyle Williams 36-38-74; Bob Bilbo 36-38-74; a-Sheldon Kalish 38-36-74; a-Duane Deline 38-36-74; Frank Blind 41-33-74; a-Frank Neff 37-38-75; a-Dave King 36-39-75; a-Robert Egge 39-36-75; Steve Melton 39-36-75; Glenn Brown 37-38-75; Lee Carroll 35-40-75; a-Clayton Eisinger 38-37-75; Bobby Kennedy 38-38-76; Gary Hottle 38-38-76; a-Bill Palko 39-37-76; a-Paul Dittmer 37-40-77; a-Joe Records 40-37-77. a-denotes amateur

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