The pairing of Duke Delcher and Jim Taylor, playing in the day's first group, wheeled around Caves Valley Golf Club in a sparkling 5-under-par 33-3366 to take a one-stroke lead after the first day of the fifth annual Chesapeake Cup tournament.
Two players with area ties were on teams recording 67 against a par of 36-3571, followed by five twosomes at 68. There are 25 teams in the regular division and nine teams in a Senior division being contested for the first time.
Delcher, from Linwood, N.J., had four birdies on his own ball, striking his iron shots close enough to set up one-putt pars at the par-3 fourth and eighth holes, then birdieing the 10th from a foot and the 13th from three feet. Taylor, from Old Lyme, Conn., birdied the first hole and had several par-saving putts.
Delcher is a well-known player in this area, not only for past cup appearances, but also as a representative of the Philadelphia team in the annual Mason-Dixon matches against Middle Atlantic Golf Association teams.
At 67 were former Baltimorean Doug Ballenger, of Evans, Ga., and David Farina, a highly regarded winner of New England tournaments from Duxbury, Mass., and Marty West 3d, of Rockville, and Bill Boles, of Wilson, N.C.
Ballenger had three birdies and Farina one in a bogey-free tour, and Bolles had three birdies and West two, but they tossed in a bogey at the par-4 17th. Jay Blumenfeld, of Parsippany, N.J., and Ned Steiner, of Roseland, N.J., had seven birdies, but four bogeys left them at 68.
Two other teams at 68 were two-time defending champions Mike Bodney and David Eger and last year's runners-up, Frank Ford and Paul Simson.
In the Senior division, U.S. Seniors champion O. Gordon Brewer, of Valley Forge, Pa., and Ray Newsome, of Winston-Salem, N.C., posted 69, good for a one-stroke margin on two teams.