Roanoke pro Sullivan coasts to Md. Open title

He closes out with a 74, tops DeFrancesco by 5

Lenkey is low amateur


July 11, 2002|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Chip Sullivan, backed by a seven-stroke lead going into the final round of the 81st annual Maryland Open at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, just wanted to be sure he didn't make any major mistakes.

The pro from Roanoke, Va., didn't, and the result was a 2-over-par round of 74 and a 54-hole total of 209. That was good for a five-shot cushion on runner-up Wayne DeFrancesco from Woodholme Country Club, who had another solid round of 72 but couldn't make up much ground, ending at 214.

Bill Rislove, from Fair Oaks Golf Center in Fairfax, Va., had his second successive 71, the day's low round, and vaulted into third place at 216.

Two-time champion Steve Madsen, head professional at Rockville's Lakewood Country Club, slipped back with a closing 77 for 221. When Madsen won his second title a year ago, he shot 208 over Woodmont Country Club's North Course and won by three strokes.

Leading yesterday, Sullivan, Ashley Plantation's head pro in Virginia, said, "I was aggressive in some places, but for the most part I played conservatively."

Not only did he travel farthest to compete, he also became the first representative of a Virginia club to win the title since Melvin Rowe of the Country Club of Fairfax in 1961. Glenn Barrett lived in Virginia when he won in 1993, but he was then head pro at Glenn Dale Country Club.

"Par was my opponent this time," said Sullivan, whose opening 66 had set a course record. "I knew if I stayed around even, it would force the others to have to have great games to beat me. ... And the way it ended, it was the best-feeling 74 I ever shot."

Sullivan, in the event for the first time since the middle 1990s, had no three-putts for the week.

For the third straight day, the immaculate Harford County layout, playing host to a major men's tournament for the first time, got the better of the players. The final round was played at 7,009 yards, but overnight rain and breezy conditions made it seem longer, and only the top two were able to finish under par in the final tally.

Robert Lenkey, 24, who lives in Lanham and plays from Glenn Dale, had a successful debut, winning the Harry Pitt Trophy for low amateur with 73--224.

Evan Hileman, from Ocean City, was second low amateur, 80--228.

Final results (a-amateur): Chip Sullivan 66-69-74--209; Wayne DeFrancesco 69-73-72--214; Bill Rislove 74-71-71--216; Steve Madsen 72-72-77--221; Jim Estes 75-75-73--223; Dirk Schultz 73-78-73--224; a-Robert Lenkey 72-79-73--224; Gary Mankulish 76-72-76--224; Jack Skilling 73-76-75--224; Adam Corson 76-73-77--226; David Hutsell 77-70-79--226; Jim Schouller 78-76-73--227; Bill Gombert 76-75-77--228; a-Evan Hileman 72-76-80--228; Bob Bilbo 72-75-81--226; Brendon Post 75-78-76--229; Jody Rokisky 77-76-76--229; Frank Ferguson 71-79-79--229; Dennis Winters 74-77-78--229; a-Ted Coon 76-73-80--229; Eugene Pleyo 75-79-76--230; Bernie Najar 77-75-78--230; a-Mitch Wyatt 72-79-779--230; a-Keith Janecek 74-81-76--231. Mark Evewnson 77-78-77--232; a-Andy Williams 73-81-78--232; Mark Spolarich 77-77-78--232; David Degirolamo 76-78-78--232; a-Phil Fenstermaker 76-77-79--232; a-Joe Lefavor 76-76-80--232; Joe Franz 74-77-81--232; Ray Sheedy IV 79-73-81--233; Jim Fitzgerald 78-77-79--234; a-Vance Welch 75-78-81--234; Chris Sheaffer 74-80-81--235; Patrick Coyner 74-81-80--235; a-Matt Tengwall 71-79-79--239; a-Tom Offutt 76-77-88--241; Glenn McCloskey80-75-89--244; Ricky Touma 77-78-WD.

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