Pat Tallent, who has enjoyed past success at Caves Valley Golf Club, outdid himself in the first round of the 11th annual Maryland State Mid-Amateur championship yesterday.
A new member at the Owings Mills club, Tallent dipped 6-under par on the front nine and wound up equaling the competitive course record with 30-35--65, good for a five-shot lead at the halfway mark.
The 65, recorded in showers and sunshine with high humidity, was 6-under par over the 6,629-yard, par 36-35--71 layout, and XTC matched the score established by Ed Gibstein in qualifying for the 1995 club championship.
Larry Storck of the Country Club of Maryland, a perennial contender, including a runner-up finish a year ago, was 3-under par (three birdies) through No. 14, then bogeyed two holes getting home for 34-36--70.
Joe Records of Hillendale CC, Mitch Wyatt of Ocean City Y&CC;, and Matt Sughrue of Bethesda CC followed with par 71s. With the field cut to the low 60 and ties, 69 players at 80 and better will play this morning.
Tallent, whose previous Caves Valley exploits included taking eventual champion Jerry Courville Jr., 20 holes in the 1995 U.S. Mid-Am championship, and gaining his first major title, the Middle Atlantic Amateur, last October, hit 16 greens in regulation and used 29 putts, including 13 on the front nine, where he birdied holes 2-3-4 and 7-8-9.
On the back nine, he matched par with one birdie, one bogey.
"It was a thrill to shoot a score like that on this golf course," said Tallent, also a runner-up in the Virginia Amateur. "It was in immaculate condition."
Storck, reigning Baltimore City Amateur champion, reached 16 greens in regulation, but slipped back when he three-putted the 15th and missed a four-foot par putt at the 17th.
Records hit 15 greens, bogeying the three he missed, and late-finishing Sughrue and Wyatt played solidly.
Middle Atlantic PGA: Wayne DeFrancesco of Woodholme CC and Dennis Winters, Columbia CC, shot 5-under-par 67s at the Lower Cascades GC to share the first-round lead in the $40,000 event at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va.
Don Slebodnik of Night Hawk Golf Center was a shot back, followed by five at 69, including Jay Hardwick of the Virginia Tech GC, who played at Cascades GC.
Middle Atlantic GA Seniors: Dick Stearns of Tantallon CC shot par-72 at Two Rivers GC in Williamsburg, Va., and won this championship for the third time.
The 1987 and 1995 titlist finished with three birdies, all on the front nine, and three bogeys in posting 35-37. Manny Hunter, Cedar Point CC, was second, 74.
Among the age-group winners was Bob Slaght (70-over) of Rolling Road GC, 75. The three-man team title went to the Country Club of Maryland, 236 (Charlie Harris 77, Jerry Phipps 77, Jackie Rites 82).
Pub Date: 8/18/98