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Morrison-Kaestner tie for lead in state pro-am


Brian Morrison and Bob Kaestner waited five years for this. Never had they played as a twosome in a tournament.

Morrison, the Baltimore Country Club head pro for five years, and Kaestner, an amateur and the six-time club champion, linked up yesterday and the result was dazzling.

With Morrison collecting five birdies and Kaestner one, they shot a best-ball 64 to tie for first in the storm-delayed 39th annual Maryland Pro-Am Championship at their home course, site of the 1988 U.S. Women's Open.

When play was suspended because of a thunderstorm, 22 players had not finished their rounds. The tournament is scheduled to be resumed at 7:45 this morning.

Tied with Morrison and Kaestner at 64 were pro Steve Madseand Mike Watson of Lakewood Country Club. Madsen and Watson were on the 18th fairway when they heard Morrison and Kaestner were in with a 64.

"I said, 'Make it, pardner,' " Madsen said.

Watson, who, like Madsen, had three birdies, would have had another birdie if his putt on 18 hadn't lipped out. If it had dropped, they would have had a 63.

Kaestner, who works in NationsBank's mortgage department, said of his partnership with Morrison: "We teamed well together. We've been trying to put this together for five years -- you know, the head pro and club champ. But there was always some sort of conflict, usually involving my work schedule."

Under the best ball format, Morrison and Kaestner hit every green in regulation and, combined, reached 29 of 36.

"We were never in trouble," Kaestner said before hurrying bacto work. "It was a good day."

Morrison and Kaestner readily admitted that their thorough familiarity with the course was a distinct advantage.

"It helps, knowing what club to hit," said Morrison, who is competing for the $1,000 first prize that goes to the leading pro. "We know the breaks on the greens. A. W. Tillinghast [course designer] has a lot of secrets buried in those greens, and there's local knowledge involved in reading them."

For Kaestner, it is a dandy tuneup for a defense of his BaltimorCity Amateur Championship July 29-30. It is his good fortune that the Amateur will be played on the course that he and Morrison blistered yesterday. He has won the Amateur three times.

The father-son combination of Bob and Bobby Bilbo was third ithe clubhouse with a 65. Bob, the head pro at Argyle Country Club, beat his son in last week's Maryland Open, but yesterday )) Bobby had five birdies to Bob's none.

"Dad didn't play as well as I'd have liked him to," said Bobby, a junior-to-be at the University of Maryland. "An official told us at one point that a 64 was already in, so we knew what we were up against. We missed a few putts down the stretch."

The leaders Brian Morrison & Bob Kaestner 64

Steve Madsen & Mike Watson 64

Bob Bilbo & Bobby Bilbo 65

Brian Boltz & Don Meyer 66

Chris Clark & Steve Southern 66

Leighton Thomas & Tom Kennedy 66

Larry Ringer & Tim Meinhardt 66

Barry Fuhrman & Sheldon Kalish 67

Robert Leeman & David Kaplan 67

John Huber & John Leander 67

Robert Fretwell & Tom Winegardner 67

Kent Cayce & Pat Tallent 67

Gary Hurt & Paul Obrecht Jr. 67

Bobby Helfferich & Pat O'Malley 68

John Miller & Howard Swartz 68

Steve Cramer & George Mavrikes 68

Coleman Plecker & Jim Donatelli 68

Mike Versuk & Mark Smith 68

Eric Collins & Michael Steinhardt 69

Parker Parsons & Rusty Ward 69

Stephen Jones & Matt Margolies 69

Richard Rosenthal & Paul Kane 69

Kyle Warfield & Bob Dailey 69

James Joppich & Dick Rattan 69

Scott Edwards & John Finneran 69

Mark Spolarich & Steve Thomas 69

Joe Franz & Michael Ewing 70

Rodney Green & Bob Rehman 70

Pat Owen & Bill Allen 70

Benjamin Erickson & Jim Pelisek 70

Andy Halverson & Joe Lefevor 70

Michael Welsh & Joseph Soliman 70

Mark Weber & Tim Armstrong 70

Michael Napolitano & George Connolly 70

Bobby Ashton & Ken Winfield 70

Roger Brown & Kirk Lombardi 70

Jim Fitzgerald & Hap Holiday 70

Rick Touma & Jim Castagna 70

Chuck Pessagno & Dick Roulette 70

Mike Barillo & Bill Murphy 70

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