Kaestner shoots 75 in Conn. qualifier

September 22, 2002|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GREENWICH, Conn. - Bob Kaestner, whose eagle on a third playoff hole three weeks ago earned him a spot in the 22nd U.S. Mid-Amateur championship, opened with a 75 and State Amateur champion David Nocar, from Severna Park, shot a 77 to highlight performances by Baltimore-area entries in qualifying yesterday at the 22nd U.S. Mid-Amateur championship being played over two local courses.

Kaestner, 40, from Glyndon, playing at the Round Hill Club, started on No. 10 and promptly went 4-over par on his first four holes. "I didn't know whether to yell at him or be sympathetic," said John Kaestner, caddying for his brother.

But Bob Kaestner got it going on the next hole with a birdie, part of a string in which he played the last 14 holes in even par, with one bogey to offset the birdie.

Among area players, Keith Janecek, from Parkton, and Jim Winner, from Bel Air, shot 76 and 84, respectively. Joel Sandler, North Potomac, had a 75; Dan Falls, Goshen, 76; Michael McGowan, Bethesda, 78; and Mitch Wyatt, Salisbury, 86.

The leader was George Zahringer of New York with a 68.

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