Ferguson lands eagle, early lead

Only four break par of 70 in Mid-Atlantic tourney

Golf

October 30, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Frank Ferguson, general manager at Montgomery Country Club in Laytonsville, highlighted his score of 66 with an eagle-3 to take the first-round lead in the Middle Atlantic PGA Section Players Championship at Farmington Country Club yesterday.

Only four players beat par 70 for the 6,631 yards on a beautiful fall day, where slick greens sent many scores soaring in the select 65-player field. David Long, from the CC of Woodmore, shot 68 (three birdies, one bogey). A stroke back were Mark Evenson, a former winner of this event, and David Hutsell, a Towson resident from Columbia CC.

Ferguson, a former head pro champion, had three front-nine birdies on putts inside of 8 feet and eagled the 563-yard 16th on a chip shot. He bogeyed the 18th. Evenson had four birdies but stumbled with a double-bogey at the last hole. Hutsell had five birdies, but bogeyed the last two holes.

Bob Bilbo shot 71 and took a one-stroke lead over Roger Hatcher (Hidden Creek GC) and Glenn Brown (Westwood CC) in the the senior division.

Leaders: Frank Ferguson, Montgomery CC, 32-34-66; David Long, CC Woodmore, 34-34-68; Mark Evenson, Suburban, 32-37-69; David Hutsell, Columbia CC, 32-37-69; Jim Fitzgerald, Chevy Chase, 35-36-71; Dirk Schultz, Beaver Creek CC, 37-34-71; Bill Rislove, Fair Oaks, 36-35-71; Ricky Touma, Burning Tree, 33-38-71; Dennis Winters, Lighthouse Sound, 35-36-71; Wayne DeFrancesco, Woodholme CC, 36-35-71; Rick Schuller, Willow Oaks CC, 35-37-72; Bill Gombert, Hillendale, 36-37-73; Rob Stock, Farmington, 35-38-73; John Stone, Newport News CC, 34-39-73.

Seniors: Bob Bilbo, Middle Atlantic Golf, 36-35-71; Roger Hatcher, Hidden Creek GC, 34-38-72; Glenn Brown, Westwood CC, 35-37-72.

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