McKinney leads at Amateur Stroke Play

July 04, 2005|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Brendan McKinney, making his first major challenge at the top spot in the Maryland Amateur Stroke Play championship, shot 1-under-par 70 at Mount Pleasant Golf Course yesterday to grab the 36-hole lead at 139.

First-round leader Kirk Lombardi came back to the field with a 73 and is tied at 140 with recent Towson University graduate Chris Baloga, who shot 71 in the second round. Phil Fairbanks, third last year, used a share of the day's low round, 69, for a two-round total of 141, followed by Moose Brown and Spring Publinx winner Ki Moon at 142.

Brian Woods also shot 69 and is at 143, tied with Larry Storck and Wilbert Lynn III.

There were only four rounds below par during the day, and 11 players are within five strokes of the lead. With the field cut in half for the final round, 67 players at 154 and better will play today.

McKinney finished with five birdies, including one at No. 18 that enabled him to take the lead. Fairbanks had three front-nine birdies and after a birdie-bogey back-nine start, the Hobbit's Glen member made no mistakes the rest of the way in running off seven straight pars.

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