Wingerd's 68 earns lead in Baltimore City Amateur

19-year-old is 2 up on field that includes 5 ex-champs

July 21, 2002|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Billy Wingerd continued his solid ball-striking yesterday, as he turned a 4-under-par 68 into a two-stroke lead halfway through the 48th annual Baltimore City Amateur at Sparrows Point Country Club.

Tim Dilli opened strongly with three front-nine birdies en route to a 70, trailed by Moose Brown (71) and four-time titlist Bob Kaestner (72).

The tight, tree-lined course in eastern Baltimore County calls for good course management more than superior length, and Wingerd admitted it tripped him up a couple of times, as he had only played the 6,886-yard layout once, about three years ago.

Even so, Wingerd, in the invitation tournament for the second time, said he had to scramble his way around -- he saved par three successive times in the middle of the round with putts in the 5- to 8-foot range -- but the tour still resulted in seven birdies, a bogey and a double bogey.

Dilli made four birdies in his round, and Brown had three.

In addition to Kaestner, there were five former champions in the 37-man field, and four of them made the cut (top 24): Sheldon Kalish, Kevin Allis, defender Rick Sovero and Adrian Druzgala.

Wingerd, 19, has had a strong summer, qualifying for the match-play portion of the Maryland State Amateur, finishing seventh in the Maryland Amateur Stroke Play event, and last week playing in the U.S. Amateur Public Links championships.

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