Youth prevails: Shriver wins Baltimore Amateur

At 17, he's youngest champ in tournament's 48 years

Golf

July 22, 2002|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Will Shriver bolted out of the middle of the pack with a 1-under-par 71, and his two-day total of 146 made the 17-year-old the youngest champion in the 48-year history of the Baltimore City Amateur Invitation tournament at Sparrows Point Country Club yesterday.

Shriver, who earned his ticket with a Green Spring club championship two years ago, recorded five birdies and four bogeys over the demanding 6,886-yard, par-72 course. A three-birdie run late on the back nine separated him from the elite field.

Meanwhile, none among five of the top six players at the start of the day broke 80, opening the gates for a reshuffling of the scoreboard. Todd Lenhart, a former U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifier from Baltimore CC in this event for the first time, moved into second place with 74-73-147.

Shriver, who lives in Silver Spring and is a rising senior at Gonzaga, was 1-over for 14 holes before starting his spree. He birdied the par-3 15th from 10 feet, then rolled in successive 20-footers on the next two holes, before bogeying No. 18.

First-day leader Billy Wingerd, from Mt. Pleasant GC, finished third at 148, trailed by two-time winner and defending champion Rick Sovero (Rolling Road GC, 149) and Tim Dilli (Baltimore CC, 150).

Final standings: Will Shriver 75-71-146; Todd Lenhart 74-73-147;Bill Wingerd 68-80-148; Rick Sovero 73-76-149; Tim Dilli 70-80-150; Bill McLean 75-76-151; Chris Baloga 75-78-153; Moose Brown 71-82-153; Bob Kaestner 72-81-153; Adrian Druzgala 79-75-154; Bob Przybylski 77-77-154; Sheldon Kalish 73-81-154; Brad Friedlander 79-76-155; David Long 79-77-156; A.J. Bachmann 77-79-156; Brian Woods 76-80-156; Michael Tydings 76-81-157; Tom Lynn 78-80-158; Tom Giampaolo 74-85-159; Jordan Steinfelder 77-83- 160; Joe Records 78-83-161; Matt Margolies 79-83-162; Michael Castrilli 74-93-167.

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