DeFrancesco, Mankulish rise to top at state Open

Pros begin final round at 141 with 1-stroke lead

July 13, 2005|By Kim Phelan | Kim Phelan,SUN STAFF

Followed by a gallery of 20, professional golfers Wayne DeFrancesco of Columbia and Gary Mankulish of Rockville took the lead after the second round in the 84th Maryland Open Championship yesterday at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville.

DeFrancesco, a teaching professional at Woodholme, finished the day with 70 on the par-71 course to bring his total coming into today's final round to 141. He birdied the ninth hole but otherwise shot par with a strong short game. DeFrancesco, who won the event in 1994 and 1995 and tied for fifth last year, was tied for third after the first round.

Mankulish had five birdies and three bogeys to finish at 69 for the day. After the first round, he was tied for fifth. In last year's Open, he tied for ninth after tying for fifth the year before.

Dennis Winters of Berlin, who was in a four-way tie for eighth after Monday's round, tied Mankulish for the day's best round for a total of 142. That tied him for third with Rick Sovero. At the turn, Winters was 3-under par with birdies on holes 2, 3 and 5, but with one bogey on the back nine, his score dropped to 2-under. The 2000 Open champion came to the 18th at 2-under and made a long drive on the 451-foot hole. Setting himself up for birdie, he overshot the green by 3 feet and finished with a par.

Sovero, who was tied for the lead with Moose Brown after the first day, had four birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey. Brown finished 3-over and dropped into a tie for fifth.

Sovero is the only amateur of the top four finishers and the top-ranked amateur in today's final round. Joe Franz, who tied Brown for fifth after yesterday, had five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey to finish with 70 for the day. He starts today at 143.

The 123-player field was narrowed to the top 80 finishers for yesterday's second round and was cut to 40 for today's play. Of those playing in the final, there are 23 pros and 17 amateurs.

Second-round leaders

Wayne DeFrancesco, 71-70-141; Gary Mankulish, 72-69-141; Rick Sovero, 69-73-142; Dennis Winters, 73-69-142; Moose Brown, 69-74-143; Joe Franz, 73-70-143; Matt Sughrue, 73-71-144; Will Shriver, 72-73-145; Doug Hurson, 75-71-146; Jon Corliss, 75-72-147; Scott Shapin, 74-73-147; Peter Labourdette, 74-73-147; Bob Dolan, 75-73-148; Mark Evenson, 77-71-148; Phil Fairbanks, 77-71-148; Don Slebodnik, 76-72-148; Ron Thomas, 75-73-148; Kevin Vollmer, 74-74-148; Phillip Fenstermaker, 74-74-148.

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