69 gives Sullivan 7-shot lead going into Md. Open final round

Kraus wins Greiner Cup for fifth time in 10 years

Golf

July 10, 2002|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Chip Sullivan couldn't help feeling good, not only about the way he played, but especially the way he played the last hole.

This was the second round of the 81st annual Maryland Open and the head professional from Ashley Plantation in Roanoke, Va., had just expanded his lead to seven strokes on the select field at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace.

The cut came at 155, and 40 players will contest today's final round.

Starting the day with a three-stroke margin, Sullivan increased it on the strength of a 3-under-par 69 over a Bulle Rock course lengthened (174 yards) to 7,159 yards from the opening round. His 66-69-135 gave him a seven-shot spread on former champions Steve Madsen (70) and Wayne DeFrancesco (73), tied at 142.

The race for low amateur and the Harry Pitt Trophy is much closer, as Evan Hileman, from Ocean City shot 72-76-148, trailed by Ted Coon, last year's winner, 70-79-149; Matt Tengwall, 71-79-150; Robert Lenkey, 72-79-151; and Mitch Wyatt, 72-79-151.

"I was really pleased with my birdie at 18," Sullivan said of the closing 459-yard, par-4 test. "I drove it into the rough and was able to get it out to 15 feet, and I made the putt." He ended with an eagle, four birdies and three bogeys.

One big swing came at the eighth and ninth holes, where an eagle-birdie effort sent Sullivan from 1-over to 2-under for the round.

At the same time, Woodholme teaching pro DeFrancesco, who had started the round three back, was getting to the turn 2-over for the day, seven back of the leader. "I played about the same, but some missed putts made the difference," said the 1994-1995 titleholder.

The leaders (a-denotes amateur): Chip Sullivan 66-69-135; Steve Madsen 72-70-142; Wayne DeFrancesco 69-73-142; Bill Rislove 74-71-145; David Hutsell 77-70-147; Bob Bilbo 72-76-148; Gary Mankulish 76-72-148; a-Evan Hileman 72-76-148; Adam Corson 76-73-149; Jack Skilling 73-76-149; a-Ted Coon 70-79-149; Jim Estes 75-75-150; Frank Ferguson 71-79-150; a-Matt Tengwall 71-79-150.

Bill Gombert 76-75-151; Joe Franz 74-77-151; Dennis Winters 74-77-151; Dirk Schultz 73-78-151; a-Robert Lenkey 72-79-151; a-Mitch Wyatt, 72-79-151; a-Ray Sheedy IV, 79-73-152; Bernie Najar 77-75-152; a-Joe Lefavor 76-76-152; Ricky Touma 74-78-152; Jody Rokisky 77-76-153; a-Tom Offutt 76-77-153; a-Phil Fenstermaker 76-77-153; Brandon Post 75-78-153; a-Vance Welch 75-78-153; Jim Schouller 78-76-154; Mark Spolarich 77-77-154; David DeGirolamo 76-78-154; Eugene Pleyo 75-79-154; Chris Sheaffer 74-80-154; a-Andy Williams 73-81-154; Mark Evenson 77-78-155; Glenn McCloskey 80-75-155; Jim Fitzgerald 78-77-155; Pat Coyner 74-81-155; a-Keith Janecek 74-81-155.

WGA Greiner Cup: Andrea Kraus, striking the ball as well as she ever has, posted a 2-over-par 37-37-74 at Green Spring and won the annual Greiner Cup by two strokes. Shirley Williams, the 1997 titleholder, had 39-37-76.

It marked Kraus' fifth title in the past 10 years in the Women's Golf Association event - limited to winners of gross championships.

The leaders: Andrea Kraus 37-37-74; Shirley Williams 39-37-76; Natalie McNicholas 40-38-78; Connie Pifer 37-41-78; Sally Casey 39-40-79; Sharon Pusin 43-38-81; Jennifer Thompson 41-41-82; Cindy Peterka 45-37-82; Bonnie Fry 41-42-83.

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