Quackenbush-Coyer leads Four-ball with 65

October 20, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BETHESDA - Brian Quackenbush and Chris Coyer fired a 6-under-par 65 and opened a five-stroke cushion after the first round of the annual Eastern Four-ball tournament at Congressional Country Club yesterday.

Starting at the 10th hole, Quackenbush, a U.S. Amateur contestant and Middle Atlantic Amateur champion from International Country Club in Fairfax, Va., birdied eight straight holes. Then, on the front nine of the 7,245-yard, par-72 course, Quackenbush, 30, birdied Nos. 3, 8 and 9; Coyer took care of Nos. 5 and 6.

Tom Riley and Bob Menefee, and George Mavrikes and John Register, each returned at 70, followed by five pairs at 72 in the 61-team field.

Charles McClaskey and Bucky Erhardt took the Senior Division lead with a 69 over 6,500 yards. Mike Timbers and Bob Hullender followed at 70. Play continues today and tomorrow with single better-ball rounds.

Leaders: Brian Quackenbush-Chris Coyer 31-34-65; Tom Riley-Bob Menefee 35-35-70; George Mavrikes-John Register 35-35-70; Tripp Davis-William Jackson 36-35-71; Bryan Borda-Greg Killian 37-34-71; Greg Daniels-Chris Lange 37-34-71; Scott Inman-Gray Hamilton 35-36-71; Peter Roisman-Dan Nelson 34-37-71. Senior leaders: Charles McClaskey-Bucky Erhardt 34-35-69; Mike Timbers-Bob Hullender 36-34-70; Jack Vardaman-Tom Flory 36-35-71; Ron Rhodes-Richard Schmidt 35-38-73.

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