Barrett finishes strong, leads Md. Open Takes 3-stroke edge into final round


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.

* Former Bethesda resident Sally Krueger and Baltimorean Cindy Peterka were among the qualifiers for the match-play portion of the annual Women's Trans National championship at Shannopin Country Club in Pittsburgh. Krueger, a former medalist in this NTC event now living in San Francisco, had 78-74152, and Peterka, an alternate for next week's U.S. Women's Open, had 80-80160.

NOTES: Heintzelman birdied four of his last six holes on the front for 32. . . Ponchock got three of his four birdies (all on putts inside of 10 feet) on the last nine. . . Sass had two birds on the front in going 34-36. . . McNaney had 10 straight pars, then three bogeys among his first five back-nine holes. . . Rolling Road GC's Mark Evenson, who had opened with a 71, also had three bogeys on the back in shooting 75.

Glen Barrett 71-69--140; Webb Heintzelman 75-68--143; a-Del Ponchock 74-70--144; Buddy Sass 74-70--144; John McNaney 70-75--145; Woody FitzHugh 74-72--146; a-Pat Tallent 73-73-146; Dennis Winters 71-75--146; Mark Evenson 71-75--146; a-Shane Patterson 78-70--148; Dirk Schultz 77-71--148; a-Tripp Shreves 76-72--148; a-Chuck Freedman 75-73--148; Ricky Touma 74-74--148; a-Evan Hileman 74-74--148; David Lawrence 72-76--148; a-Bob Crane 77-72--149; Charlie Briggs 76-73--149; Bill Molloy 75-74--149; Jack Skilling 74-75--149; Wayne DeFrancesco 74-75--149; Don Slebodnik 73-76--149; Bob Dolan 72-77--149; Jim Fitzgerald 72-77--149.

John Haddock 78-72--150; a-Dan DeRisio 77-73--150; Glenn McCloskey 77-73-- 150; a-Pete Ragala 74-76--150; a-Tom Winegardner 76-75--151; a-Phil Fairbanks 76-75--151; a-Joe Wood 75-76--151; a-Buddy Peoples 74-77--151; a-Mike Cox 78-74-- 152; Phil Henry 78-74--152; a-Tim Moylan 76-76--152; Joe Franz 76-76--152; a-Gary Moore 73-79--152; Steve Wenpetren 73-79--152; a-Tom Gimer 73-79--152; a-Stevon Sutton 79-74--153; a-Jason Rodenhaver 77-76--153; a-Joe Cook 77-76--153; a-Gary Carpenter 77-76--153; Mark Helffrich 76-77--153; Butch Butler 75-78--153; Larry Ringer 75-78--153; Guy Steuart 74-79--153; Mark Spolarich 74-79--153; John Sarrett 73-80--153.

a--denotes amateur

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