Three teams used the day's best scores to vault into the top three places, as the fifth annual Chesapeake Cup moved through the second round at Caves Valley Golf Club yesterday.
With play completed well ahead of a late afternoon rainstorm, Jerry Courville, of Norwalk, Conn., and Joe Sommers, of Stamford, Conn., used a 7-under-par 64 to fashion a 36-hole better-ball total of 133 for a one-stroke lead.
Jamie Crow of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Ed Gibstein of Great Neck, N.Y., combined for nine birdies in posting a 64--134. Craig Young of Alpharetta, Ga., and Bob Young, Atlanta, Ga., added a 66 to an opening 68, and joined them at 134.
First-day leaders Duke Delcher-Jim Taylor added a 70 to their 66, and were among five teams at 136. Of the top 10 pairings, five had lower scores and two equaled opening-round efforts.
O. Gordon Brewer, Valley Forge, Pa., and Ray Newsome, Winston-Salem, N.C., padded their lead in the Senior division, adding a 68 to an opening 69 for 137. Brewer, current U.S. Seniors titleholder, shot 5-under-par 31 on the front side (the team's second nine), including an eagle.
Today's final round, where both medal scores will count for each team, will mean a different mind-set for the players as every shot will count.
"I played better this time, but Joe kept us in it yesterday [Friday]," Courville said. A birdie at No. 10, their first hole, got Courville-Sommers going, and the former highlighted the round with an eagle-3 at the 535-yard 13th.
Jerry Courville-Joe Sommers 69-64133; Jamie Crow-Ed Gibstein 70-64134; Craig Carson-Bob Young 68-66134; Mike Brown-Pat Tallent 69-67136; David Eger-Mike Bodney 68-68136; Jay Blumenfeld-Ned Steiner 68-68136; Frank Ford-Paul Simson 68-68136; Duke Delcher-Jim Taylor 66-70136; Pat Brady-Mike Goodes 68-69137; Jim Holtgrieve-Buddy Marucci 70-68138; Bob Fairchild-Bob Lewis 69-70139; Doug Ballenger-Dave Farina 67-72139
Blake Marshall-Robert Vallis 70-70140; Russell Newman-Mike Podolak 69-71140; Bill Boles-Marty West III 67-73140; Fran Pirozzolo-Carl Tuke, Jr. 72-69141; Downing Gray-Peter Dyson 70-71141; Mike Gregor-Jim Kania 70-71141; George Kelley-Dave Nelson 70-72142; Charles Woody-Joe Walter 72-71143; Randy Reifers-Steve Smyers 71-73144; Chris Dalrymple-Kelly Miller 71-73144; Joel Kaye-Mike Larson 72-74146; Nixon Costner-Boyd Dethero 73-74147; J.P. O'Hara-Allan Strange 77-73150.
Gordon Brewer-Ray Newsome 69-68137; John Baldwin-Bob Housen 71-69140; Jay Fitzgerald-Joe Davis 70-70140; Jerry Kling-John McKey 73-69142; Joe Estes-Jim Keim 70-72142; Tom Butters-Dick Siderowf 73-71144; Jim Stahl-Barry van Gerbig 72-72144; Jerry Barnett-James Snyder 75-73148; Jack Piekarsky-Paul Kramer 78-73151.