Glen Barrett, head professional at Glenn Dale Golf Club, knocked three strokes off par in his final three holes and vaulted into the lead after two rounds of the 73rd annual Maryland Open tournament at Crofton Country Club yesterday.
The 3-under-par 69 left him at 140, three strokes ahead of his closest pursuer heading into this morning's final round. Webb Heintzelman had the day's low round, a 68, and moved into second at 143.
Amateur Del Ponchock, the defending champion, and Buddy Sass each shot 70 and were at 144, followed by first-day leader John McNaney, 145.
With the field cut to the low 40 and ties, 49 players at 153 will play today, with starting times between 7:30 and 10:34 a.m.
Barrett called his round the opposite of his opening 71 when he reached nine greens in regulation and got up-and-down from all over. This time, he had a consistent round, hitting 16 greens.
Putting was difficult on treacherous surfaces, and Barrett's only bogeys were a pair of three-putts.
He got to the 16th tee even par, and heard about Heintzelman's 68. "That got me pumped," he said, and proved it by hitting driver, 3-wood to six feet and making the eagle putt at the 557-yard 16th.
After a par at the 17th, he finished the round at the 426-yard 18th, hitting driver, wedge to 12 feet and sinking the birdie putt.