Brown, Sovero share lead at Maryland Open


July 12, 2005|By Kim Phelan | Kim Phelan,SUN STAFF

History repeated itself at the 84th Maryland Open Championship at Woodholme yesterday when Moose Brown tied for first at the end of the first day for the second straight year.

Brown, a Hunt Valley native, finished with a 69 on the par-71 course, tied for the lead with Rick Sovero of Sykesville.

The Open features 123 amateur and professional golfers from Maryland in three days of play at the Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville.

Brown, who started on the 10th hole, was 2-over parat the turn but finished strong on the front nine.

He started his climb to the top driving 30 yards short of the green on the 333 yard eighth hole. He then pitched the ball over a bunker, and it ran downhill into the hole for eagle.

Brown tied for ninth at the end of last year's Open with the second-lowest score by an amateur.

Sovero nearly took the lead but missed on a short putt on his last hole of the day for bogey and tiedfor the lead.

The former City Amateur champion has qualified for national USGA events but maintains amateur status. In last year's Open, he finished tied for 14th with the fourth-lowest amateur score.

Michael Gebhard of Harford County finished with a 70. The head professional at Beechtree Golf Club in Aberdeen started his day on the back nine with one birdie and one boey as he made the turn.

He bogeyed the par-3 third holebut the key to his round came with birdies in three of the next four holes. He finished the day with a bogey on the ninth, like many of his opponents.

David Long and Wayne DeFrancesco, both professional golfers, tied for third with 71.

DeFrancesco, a pro at Woodholme, had a number of dramatic putts, which gave him four birdies and four bogies on the day. He finished last year tied for fifth and won the tournament in 1994 and 1995.

Long of Mitchellville finished 1-over on the front nine and 1-under on the back nine. He birdied on the 15th hole but otherwise hit for par on the back nine. With three bogies and two birdies on the front nine, he finished at par. Three-time runner-up Dirk Schultz finished tied for fifth with a 73.

First-round results

Moose Brown, Hayfields CC, 32-37-69; Rick Sovero, Rolling Rock, 34-35-69; David Long, CC at Woodmoore, 36-35-71; Wayne DeFrancesco, Woodholme, 27-24-71; Gary Mankulish, Lakewood, 36-36-72; Will Shriver, Green Spring, 36-36-72; Vance Welsh, Cross Creek, 38-34-72; Joe Franz, Elkridge CC, 36-37-73; Dirk Schultz, Black Rock, 36-37-73; Matt Sughrue, Bethesda CC, 36-37-73; Dennis Winters, Lighthouse Sound CC, 36-37-73; Phillip Fenstermaker, Needwood, 38-36-74; Peter Labourdette, Norbeck, 37-37-74; Jeff Rosenberg, Indian Spring, 37-37-74; Kevin Vollmer, Manor, 37-37-74.

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