McCarty holds 2-stroke lead in Middle Atlantic Amateur

ISSUE — ISSUE -- Barry McCarty, of Alexandria, Va., shot a 1-under-par 35 on the back nine for a third-round 74 and clung to a two-stroke lead in the 92nd annual Middle Atlantic Amateur championship at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club.

Although the same players have been among the top three all three rounds, a sizzling back-nine 33 by former champion David Partridge, of Richmond, Va., moved him ahead of Pat Tallent, of Vienna, Va., as the three pretty much separated themselves from the rest of the field.


McCarty's round enabled him to retain his lead at 214, followed by Partridge, 72216, and Tallent, 77220. Four-time titlist Marty West III, of Rockville, was another two back at 222.

Partridge, West and Mike Cox, from Lusby, shared the low round of par-72 on this 6,600-yard Charles County course on the Potomac River. With the field cut to the low 40 and ties, 42 will play today's final round.


McCarty, 35, an attorney for the Securities & Exchange Commission, and Partridge, 38, a former banker who recently embarked on a new job with the Delta Dental Plan of Virginia, already have had outstanding seasons.

McCarty recently won the Washington Metropolitan Mid-Amateur, but he explained that for the most part he had not been able to finish off a lot of tournaments, although in contention in virtually all of them. Five competitive rounds in the 60s were among seven subpar tournament rounds.

Partridge, who won this title in 1989, said this had been his best season. There were several wins, including his first Virginia State Amateur, and, "probably as many seconds as there were wins."

McCarty, who had opened 69-71, said of his 74, "I didn't hit it as well as the first two days, but I putted extremely well." He finished with eight one-putt greens and played the last 12 holes 1 under par.

Partridge said of the front-nine play of the top three, who played together in the last group: "I was indifferent on the front, but I felt good about the way I hung in there."

All three had outgoing 39s, leaving McCarty ahead of Tallent by three and Partridge by four. Tallent was unable to recover as well as the other two, with a back-nine 38 for 77.

The three will be paired together again for the last round, and whereas McCarty admits to feeding off the good play of his companions, Partridge says he tends to focus on what he's doing.

Middle Atlantic Amateur


At Swan Point Y&CC;

Barry McCarty 69-71-74--214; David Partridge 71-73-72--216; Pat Tallent 70-73-77--220; Marty West III 73-77-72--222; Buddy Peoples 73-77-73--223; Terry Burke 73-74-77--224; Lewis Chitengwa 73-76-76--225; Malcolm Smith 74-76-76--226; Mike Cox 74-81-72--227; Henri deLozier 77-77-73--227; Butch Mielke 75-77-75--227; Joel Kaye 75-76-76--227; Mitch Wyatt 75-76-77--228; Mike Dost 78-73-77--228; Gary Moore 78-72-78--228.

Chuck Winegardner 77-76-76--229; Steve Isaacs 78-76-75--229; John Price 79-78-73--230; Len Isaacs 73-81-76--230; Ben Brundred III 78-73-79--230; Vince Zachetti 74-82-75--231; David Bruce 78-74-80--232; Mark Hill 80-77--76; Bill Stout 80-79--75; Steve Thomas 79-80-75--234; Joe Records 77-78-79--234; Keith Stauffer 77-76-81--234; Bob Kaestner 82-77-76--235; Tom Flory 80-78-77--235; P.J. Hebert 82-73-80--235; Tom Winegardner 82-71-82--235; Drew DeVan 77-78-80--235.

Bill McClanan 80-79-77--236; Adrian Druzgala 78-80-78--236; Nick Aquilino 79-78-79--236; John Reese 75-80-82--237; Steve Shrauder 82-78-77--237; Steve Savor 76-84-78--238; Allan Zimmerman 81-78-79--238; Ken Brooke 80-78-80--238; Richard Lion 81-76-81--238; Steve Castro 77-80--81.