Freedman's 68 puts him 2 up

July 07, 2002|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The last became first as Chuck Freedman, playing in the final group, grabbed the opening-round lead with a 3-under-par 68 in the 35th annual Maryland Amateur Stroke Play championship at Mount Pleasant Golf Course yesterday.

Freedman, 44, of Hobbit's Glen GC, birdied four of the first six holes en route to his 33-35-68 that gave him a two-stroke lead over teen-agers Billy Wingerd (33-37), the defending champion, and Chris Baloga (35-35).

Freedman ended with six birdies and three bogeys, the bogeys coming on the only greens he missed in a strong ball-striking round.

Baloga had three birdies and two bogeys. He saved his round with a birdie at 14.

Wingerd rode four birdies to a front-side 33, then regained his composure after a double bogey at the 10th to par in.

The leaders: Chuck Freedman, 33-35-68; Chris Baloga, 35-35-70; Billy Wingerd, 33-37-70; Peter Ireland Jr., 35-36-71; Stephen Krug, 35-36-71; Chad Perman, 36-35-71; Larry Storck, 36-35-71; Michael Castrilli, 37-34-71; Travis Ausherman, 37-34-71; Tom Gross, 39-32-71; Jim Winner, 37-34-71; Donald Meyer, 36-35-71; Justin Jarvis, 34-37-71; Joe Records, 37-35-72; David Kaplan, 35-37-72; John Stroop, 36-36-72; Rick Sovero, 33-39-72; Jim Renner, 35-37-72; Robert Wilson, 37-36-73; Joe Lefavor, 36-37-73; James Hebbel, 38-35-73; Steve Hall, 38-35-73; Robert Lentz, 38-35-73; Steve Homans, 37-37-74; Brendan McKinney, 39-35-74; Howard Stephens, Jr., 38-36-74; Alan Phillips, 36-38-74.

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