69 by Hosek puts him atop Men's Amateur


October 04, 2003|By John W. Stewart

Dan Hosek, from Alexandria, Va., shot a 1-under-par 69 for a 36-hole total of 143 and took a three-stroke lead in the annual Middle Atlantic Golf Association's Men's Amateur championship at Baltimore Country Club yesterday.

Darkness suspended play with six players left to complete their rounds this morning.

Hosek, 39, a civilian engineer with the Army who first saw the East Course in a practice round, had four birdies, three bogeys over the historic 6,781-yard course. The birdies included a 7-iron shot to six inches at No. 4 and a downhill, 4-foot putt at the 17th, where the ball would have been off the green if it had not fallen.

Terry Burke had the day's low round, 68, and was one of four at 146, a group that also had Phil Fairbanks (70), Kevin Allis (70) and 1997 champion Pat Tallent (73).

Leaders: Dan Hosek 74-69-143; Kevin Allie 76-70-146; Pat Tallent 73-73-146; Phil Fairbanks 76-70-146; Terry Burke 78-68-146; Tyler McKeever 76-71-147; Tim Dilli 74-73-147; Philip Mahone 68-80-148; Marty West 76-73-149; David Partridge 76-73-149; Mitch Wyatt 75-74-149; Billy Hurley 78-71-149; Rick Wakefield 72-77-149; Skip Zobel 76-74-150; J.T. Belcher 77-73-150; Andrew Pratt 75-75-150.

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