Defending champion Bob Kaestner played the last 12 holes of Baltimore Country Club's West Course in 1-under-par to finish with a 71, taking a one-stroke lead halfway through the 41st annual Baltimore City Amateur Invitation tournament yesterday.
There was a four-way tie at par-72 among David Nocar, Jay Stosz, Serge Hogg and Andy Pataki. Four more were at 74, including past champions Henry Blue and Bob Lang.
Kaestner finished with three birdies and two bogeys and reached 15 greens in regulation. The West Course plays to a par of 36-36 for its 6,843 yards.
Stosz, Hogg and Pataki produced solid rounds in putting up identical sides of 35-37, but Nocar, another past titleholder, had a roller-coaster ride.
The Chartwell CC member from Severna Park did not make a par through the first six holes and went on to offset the day's high of seven birdies with four birdies and a triple-bogey 7.
The last came at No. 11, where he encountered tree trouble off the tee and could not recover.
With the field of 41 starters -- all tournament winners -- reduced to the low 30 and ties for this morning's round, the cut fell at 80, and 30 players will continue.
Leaders: Bob Kaestner 35-3671; David Nocar 36-3672; Jay Stosz 35-37 72; Serge Hogg 35-3772; Andy Pataki 35-3772; Henry Blue 38-3674; Bob Lang 36-3874; Nick Angelo 37-3774; Doug Wilson 38-3674; Adrian Druzgala 38-37 75; Richard Klein 40-3575; Bob Lee 35-4176; Mike Larson 40-3676; Mickey Abrams 38-3876; Larry Flowers 38-3876; Joey Chuasiriporn 38-3876.
Also: Tim Dilli 38-39-77; Charlie Narciso 37-4077; Jim Cobb 37-4077; Tim Carr 40-3777; Rick Sovero 38-3977; Tom Lynn 39-3877; Bob Atwell 37-4077; Sheldon Kalish 39-39-78; David Kaplan 38-4078; Lee Martinson 40-3979; Bob Bonnell 41-3980; Tim Walko 38-4280; Dennis Hresko 35-4580; Paul Dittmer 39-4180.