Klein sizzles with 67 in Amateur Stroke Play


Justin Klein, 17, of Hunt Valley Golf Club birdied his first two holes and went on to shoot 4-under-par 33-3467 to build a four-stroke lead after the first round of the 24th annual Maryland Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Mount Pleasant Golf Course yesterday.

Although the listed records are incomplete, to the best of anyone's memory this is a tournament record.

Bill Calhoun, from Clifton Park; Matt Shiley, playing from Honey Run; and Don Bachtell of Fountain Head CC in Hagerstown, shot 71s. Calhoun and Shiley played in the morning and Bachtell was in the last group off the course in the early evening.

Although the round began in light fog and misty conditions, the threatening rain never developed. All the course was in excellent condition, although the dampness helped slow the greens, so that many of the players kept coming up short with their putts.

There are six players at 72, including Sheldon Kalish and Joel Kaye of Woodholme CC, former Maryland State Amateur champion Buddy Peoples of Crofton, and Jim DeBusk of Chantilly Manor.

Klein, 6 feet 2, with a high arc on a solid golf swing, reached 17 greens in regulation, saved par at the one he missed, and had two three-putt bogeys. Along the way, he rolled in six birdie putts, only one of which was outside of 15 feet.

This marked the first time Klein, who carries a 1 handicap, had broken 70. In two previous starts in this event, he had failed to survive the 36-hole cut. In his only other tournament appearance of the season, the senior at Gilman School won the Maryland Scholastic Association championship.

Calhoun matched par of 36-35 for the 6,757 yards, with two birdies and a double bogey (No. 7) on the front and two birdies and two bogeys on the back. Two over through 14, he birdied the 15th and 17th (his second 2 of the round) to get back to even.

Shiley started on No. 10, bogeyed the 11th and 15th holes, then marked three 3s in a row on the front, bracketing two birdies around a par at Nos. 5, 6 and 7 for 34-37.

It remained for Bachtell, 32, a Hagerstown resident making his first appearance in the tournament, to provide the chief excitement of the afternoon round, as he included a string of four successive birdies in his round of 35-36. He clipped a stroke from par at Nos. 17, 18, 1 and 2 with three of the putts from 10 feet and the one at No. 1 from a foot.

Two former champions, 1970 winner Bill Dornbusch of the CC of Maryland and defender William Stout of Germantown CC, are alone at 73. Dornbusch reached this level with a birdie at No. 9, his 18th, hitting a 3-wood second shot to six feet and making the putt at the 465-yard hole.

Ray Daue of Hunt Valley GC had the steadiest round of the day, posting 12 successive 4s beginning at No. 7, finishing with 38-3674. David Fenichel of TPC-Avenel was almost as steady. He began at No. 1 and reeled off nine straight 4s, before missing the green and making a bogey-6 at the 10th. He ended 36-3672.

It is expected about 180 players from the original 192 starters will play the second round today, beginning at 7:15 a.m. At the conclusion, the field will be cut in half (plus ties) for tomorrow's final round.

Justin Klein, Hunt Valley 33-34--67

Bill Calhoun, Crofton 36-35--71

Matt Shiley, Honey Run 34-37--71

Don Bachtell, Fountain Head 35-36--71

Buddy Peoples, Crofton 36-36--72

David Fenichel, TPC-Avenel 36-36--72

Joel Kaye, Woodholme 38-34--72

Jim DeBusk, Chantilly Manor 36-36--72

Sheldon Kalish, Woodholme 35-37--72

Scott Seymour, Chantilly Nat'l 36-36--72

William Stout, Germantown 37-36--73

Bill Dornbusch, CC Maryland 37-36--73

Ray Daue, Hunt Valley 38-36--74

Britt Sloan, Prince Georges 35-39--74

George Murphy, Bowie 39-35--74

Richard Peterson, Wash. Golf 36-38--74

Rudolfo Gil, Ruggles 37-37--74

Walt Grabowski, Mt. Pleasant 38-36--74

Jim Miller, Argyle 36-38--74

Michael Kuntz, Woodholme 39-35--74

Chris Cantone, Cumberland 37-37--74

Joe Franz, CC Maryland 39-35--74

Henry Green, Bretton Woods 37-38--75

Richard Meissner, Brooke Manor 37-38--75

Tripp Shreves, Congressional 38-37--75

Rick Normile, Mt. Pleasant 38-37--75

Tom Densberger, U. Maryland 36-39--75

Bob Kaestner, Baltimore CC 38-37--75

Lew Blakey, Bethesda 37-39--76

David Rasley, Lakewood 36-40--76

Dirk Schulze, Bowie 36-40--76

Jason Wells, Chartwell 39-37--76

Tad Jacks, Hunt Valley 38-38--76

Randy Scott, U. Maryland 39-37--76

Greg Henry, Beaver Creek 39-37--76

Dave King, Bethesda 37-39--76

Mike Rethman, Hobbit's Glen 39-37--76

Robert McChesney, Andrews AFB 38-38--76

Michael Cavanaugh, Pine Ridge 38-39--77

Jeff Fick, Sparrows Point 41-36--77

Robert Grober, U. Maryland 37-40--77

Chuck Hester, Mt. Pleasant 38-39--77

David Kaplan, Bonnie View 37-40--77

Tim Linck, Hunt Valley 37-40--77

Chris Messick, Hobbit's Glen 39-38--77

Pat Moylan, Argyle 40-37--77

Steve Pelisek, Montgomery 39-38--77

Jim Reilman, Sparrows Point 38-39--77

Carlos Sera, Bowie, 38-39--77

Larry Storck, CC Maryland 38-39--77

Greg Tilton, Bowie 41-36--77

Louis Wright, Forest Park 38-39--77

Ken Trail, Hunt Valley 39-38--77

Mark Farrell, Hunt Valley 38-39--77

Robert Branson, Port America 37-40--77

Joe LeFavor, Naval Academy 39-38--77

Greg Bolling, Brooke Manor 38-39--77

Tim Dilli, Hunt Valley 38-39--77

Stevon Sutton, Hobbit's Glen 36-41--77

Fred Cheek, Hunt Valley 40-37--77

Jeff Sunday, Carlisle 37-40--77

Wayne Ridenour, Fountain Head 37-40--77

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